Hundreds of motorists spent much of their Bank Holiday Monday at a standstill, thanks to extremely high volumes of traffic at Cheshire Oaks.
Frustrated drivers were forced to sit in gridlock queues of up to three hours as crowds of shoppers took advantage of the Bank Holiday to flock to the shopping outlet.
Dozens of annoyed motorists took to social media to vent their frustration, branding it ‘Cheshire Joaks’, with one person declaring they would never visit Cheshire Oaks again.
“It’s all down to the stupid one way in and out either end,” someone wrote. “I could have designed it better!”
Another said: “I spent 1½ hours trying to escape the car park and was advised by the patrol man that Cheshire Oaks have their own traffic management systems in place but there was only two of them working yesterday! Now I read the police said avoid the area.
“When I eventually got out, there were two patrol cars sat watching.
“How does this help? The real issue is that too many people are selfish and block junctions on roundabouts so traffic cannot flow.”
The traffic chaos was causing so much disruption that Cheshire police were forced to dispatch patrols in the area and advised motorists to be aware of the build up of cars, describing it as a ‘busy shopping day at the Oaks’.
It comes less than a year after drivers faced similar traffic frustration when shoppers hunted for post-Christmas bargains at Cheshire Oaks last December, when a traffic management system had to be put in place to manage the car parks.
Meanwhile, figures from this August Bank Holiday have revealed that the number of people visiting shopping centres surged by 6.2% compared with last year, with shopping and retail parks proving to be the most popular destination.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Oaks said: “Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is aware that there was a build-up of traffic at the centre over bank holiday weekend.
“McArthurGlen worked with the local police teams to clear the area as quickly as possible.”