Bristol commuters fed up with Tesco delivery lorries causing traffic gridlock

Tesco delivery lorries have been causing “traffic chaos” in Bristol city centre, disgruntled drivers have claimed. According to one frustrated commuter, a lorry parking on double yellow lines on Baldwin Street added almost an hour onto his journey this morning (Friday, December 7). He told Bristol Live: “It has became a bit frustrating that it seems Tesco insist on blocking the centre on a regular basis during the most busy period of the day.

“They park an articulated lorry on Baldwin Street at the busiest time of the day, between two sets of traffic lights grid locking everything for over an hour.

Read More

“One truck can cause such mayhem, and turn a 20 minute commute into 1 hour and 15 minutes. “Surely they can choose a different time/ different way of doing this (lorry is also on double yellows for all this time).” The man claimed that Baldwin Street is blocked by a Tesco lorry “at least once a month”.

The issue was also raised on social media this morning. One cyclist tweeted: “Well parked Tesco delivery driver at rush hour in the city centre of bristol blocking one carriageway and causing traffic chaos in the city centre.” He later told Bristol Live: “I normally cycle in from Flax Bourton but got the bus in today and the last mile into the city took about 30 minutes.

“I got off and walked the last bit to work and saw the lorry parked on Baldwin Street with traffic queueing back either way behind. It was clearly causing traffic to back up throughout the city centre.”

Read More

A spokesman for the supermarket giant told Bristol Live that the delay to the lorry leaving the area was caused by a “technical failure”. He said: “Tesco always strives to be a good neighbour and we work to minimise any disruption caused by fresh food deliveries to our stores.

“As a result of roadworks in Marsh Street we are currently unable to unload deliveries to our Clare Street Express in the usual location, so we have scheduled deliveries to arrive at 5am in the morning to avoid peak traffic.

“Unfortunately there was a technical failure with our delivery vehicle this morning which delayed its departure.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.”

You may also like...