News: ‘They see a space and run for it’ – the Aldi car park where bad drivers are causing chaos (and even crashes)

News: ‘They see a space and run for it’ – the Aldi car park where bad drivers are causing chaos (and even crashes)

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Drivers are crashing into each other by flouting parking restrictions at a Lincolnshire supermarket, motorists claim.

The Aldi in Sleaford has a one-way system which is meant to ensure motorists all drive in the same direction through the car park, while there is also a one-and-a-half hour parking limit for customers.

Arrows painted on the road indicate that drivers should not turn right into the first row of spaces, which contains parent and child parking spots, but should instead carry on and follow the road around.

However, there have been numerous complaints from customers about drivers ignoring the one-way system in their rush to find a space – and even the store’s manager admits it causes accidents.

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One customer took to social media to vent their frustration at people not following the rules at the store in Mareham Lane after a close encounter with another motorist.

“When you first drive in, it’s a one-way system,” they wrote. “So you should drive straight ahead to the end then turn down one of the two aisles to come down.

“The absolute chaos in there on Sunday due to people trying to drive the wrong way to get a quick space was insane. I had my kids in the car and was almost run into by someone driving too fast the wrong way.

“I have spoken to the manager and it is a one-way system. Please respect this and let’s not cause any small accidents.”

Their thoughts were echoed by customers who spoke to Lincolnshire Live in the store’s car park.

“There used to be an arrow pointing outwards so you knew not to go in that way,” said one elderly gentleman. “It just wore out about five years ago and they didn’t replace it.

Motorists regularly turn right despite arrows directing them to go straight ahead.
(Image: Lincolnshire Live)

“I’ve had to avoid people – they just go without looking.”

One customer said they thought the level crossing which is nearby does not help matters.

“It can be at its worst when the level crossing shuts at rush hour – it’s gridlock,” he said. “I’ve been stuck here 10 minutes before because you can’t turn right or left when the road’s blocked.

“With the one-way system, I think it’s just that people are ignoring it. We know it’s there.”

Another added that when it was busy people would “see a space and run for it” in a mad dash to get a spot.

However, one customer admitted they had been unaware the store even had a one-way system.

“I have to be honest, I didn’t know there was one,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of problems crossing over to get from the car to the store – it can be really difficult.”

Their frustration has even been matched by the manager of the store, who says she has seen endless issues since starting her job there three years ago.

“There is a one-way system,” she said. “We have lots of trouble. People have accidents and then drive away.

“It would be better if they had more signs and proper arrows on the road, but normally it’s common sense that it’s a one-way system.

“However, lots of people see a parking space and go for it.”

She added that it was not just the one-way system causing problems, but that people parking to make shopping trips into town played a role in the chaos.

“They park here and don’t come into the store, they go into town,” she said. “Then they get parking tickets and they blame Aldi for it.

“They park here because they don’t have to pay for it, when they’ll have to pay a couple of pounds in the council car park down the road.

“This leaves us struggling with parking spaces.”



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