Motorists stuck for more than an hour in Kingsway Retail Park gridlock

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Motorists have reported being trapped in Kingsway Retail Park car park for more than 60 minutes during rush-hour last night.

Traffic issues in the area have been a source of controversy for many years despite measures aimed at ending the gridlock.

Kerrie Short took photos of the chaos at around 5pm on Tuesday evening.

The queue of traffic in Kingsway Retail Park car park

Motorists have reported being trapped in Kingsway Retail Park car park for more than 60 minutes during rush-hour.

She said she managed to get out of the car park near Sainsbury's within 30 minutes but she says the cars in the car park near to the Next store in the retail park hadn’t moved at all.

Another driver, Victoria Harrison, said she spent an hour and 15 minutes trying to navigate out of the car park after parking her car near to the Boots store.

The 54-year-old from Derby said: "I went down there at around 4.45pm to pick up a prescription from Boots and I couldn't find a space to park in because it was that busy. The cars were crawling down the road, nobody was letting anyone in or out.

The queue of traffic in Kingsway Retail Park car park

Some drivers said they were stuck in the car park for more than an hour.

"I think there needs to be another entrance but I don't know where they would put it. But at the moment there's just one way in and one way out. It's crazy. It's put me off going into that car park (near Boots) because I think if I had parked near Sainsbury's it wouldn't have been as bad."

The retail park is owned by London-based Orchard Street – an investment manager that acquired the site for £57.3m in December 2016.

A spokeswoman for the company told the Derby Telegraph in December last year that it was “eager” to alleviate the traffic problems.