Traffic warning over Cornwall drivers queuing for McDonalds

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Traffic warning over Cornwall drivers queuing for McDonalds

Published at 11:21am 3rd June 2020. (Updated at 11:26am 3rd June 2020)

Yesterday saw McDonalds re-open 8 of its restaurants in Cornwall for drive-thru collection only.

And it didn't take long for people to dash out of their homes and cause traffic problems.

It got so bad just before 7pm last night that traffic experts Inrix put out an alert.

It said:

A390 Penwinnick Road, Cornwall - St Austell
Slow traffic due to traffic heading to McDonald's on A390 Penwinnick Road at Trewhiddle Road.
All the approaches to the roundabout are affected.
Source : INRIX Speed Sensors.

In Newquay there was also problems.

One video, put on Facebook by Robert Singleton, showed traffic tail-backed from the mini roundabout turning to the restaurant, along Treloggan Road and to the A392.

It also appeared to capture a vehicle driving through hatched road markings to overtake the vehicles waiting to turn left.

Despite reopening some of their restaurants, the chain will be selling a reduced menu and making sure new measures are in place to keep both the staff and customers safe. 

"Face coverings, gloves, Perspex screens and new safety and hygiene processes mean it will look different, it will take a little longer and as we have seen in the pilot restaurants, we expect demand will be high," said McDonalds.

Breakfast items will be missing from the menu as well as other favourites. 

Open hours will also be reduced and they're asking all customers to make contactless payments.

To see which McDonalds restaurants are open in Cornwall and to read more, click here

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