Opening of chicken restaurant spells Kentucky Fried Chaos for drivers

PUBLISHED: 08:07 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:07 17 November 2015

A KFC restaurant and drive-thru is due to open this year.

A KFC restaurant and drive-thru is due to open this year.

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It’s not been all finger lickin’ good for customers and motorists at the new drive-thru KFC restaurant in Gallows Corner.

Queues of traffic, complaints to police and crowds of people being turned away after the branch ran out of food are just a few of the problems reported by customers after the fast food outlet opened earlier this month.

Commuters expressed frustration on social media, claiming their journeys on the A12 had been extended by anything from five minutes to half an hour due to delays caused by customers entering the drive-thru.

Residents also voiced fears cars stopping to turn could cause accidents.

Steve H commented on Streetlife saying: “Two nights running there’s been queues backing up around Gallows Corner roundabout – an accident just waiting to happen and that’s before the Christmas mayhem starts.”

Another Gallows Corner resident said: “I really hope this does not continue. There was nearly an accident on Friday as someone tried to pull out around the queued traffic and nearly collided with a 

Allan Perkins, 41, who works at Glyn Hopkin Nissan & Nismo Centre Romford, even contacted the police after witnessing the chaos.

He said: “It’s madness how one chicken shop can cause so much trouble.

“People are stopping in the road so they can get into the drive-thru which is not only causing traffic but potential accidents.

“When I spoke to a police officer, he said they had received lots of complaints about KFC and how dangerous it is.”

A KFC spokeswoman said: “We’ve been blown away by the amazing response from fans at our new restaurant on Gallows Corner, but we expect the volume of traffic to subside in the coming weeks. We always strive to be a good neighbour so we are happy to collaborate with local residents on any concerns they may have.”

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