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IKEA Reading car park chaos

Customers trapped in multi-storey yet again

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

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IKEA Reading car park chaos

THERE was once again chaos at IKEA Reading yestertoday (Saturday) as customers became trapped in the store's multi-storey car park for the second time in a month.

Angry customers were stuck in their vehicles at the Calcot store for almost two hours as the car park became gridlocked again.

The incident mirrored scenes in July when some shoppers were trapped for more than four hours, due to the sheer number of vehicles trying to leave.

The situation during the opening weekend became so bad that IKEA staff took to handing bottled water to those trapped in their cars, while police were called to the scene to help direct traffic.

Management at the store in Pincents Lane, which has only been open for a matter of weeks, promised to review the traffic flows out of the 1,000 capacity multi-storey car park in an effort to make sure the scenes were not repeated.

However despite the review customers once again experienced tremendous difficulty leaving the store today.

The 32,000sq m West Berkshire store opened on Thursday (July 14).

Picture credit: @a_mongrel

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  • Andy160165

    22/08/2016 - 10:10

    Why does everyone go at the weekend IKEA is not a pop up shop it's there 24/7 with long opening times it's not open for a few hours Just because the weather changed and families didn't travel to the coast the next best think they thought let's all go to IKEA They need to get a life

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    • NewburyLad

      22/08/2016 - 21:09

      Your comment so needs a +1 or a like button.

      Reply

  • Oldmoaner

    21/08/2016 - 13:01

    Why this traffic does not exit onto the slip road of junction 13 and then use the junction roundabout beats me. But then of course it was overseen by West Berkshire planners.

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    • Andy160165

      22/08/2016 - 10:10

      Nothing to do with west Berkshire planners

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      • Oldmoaner

        22/08/2016 - 12:12

        Planning permission granted by West Berkshire Council 23-06-2015 including car park, after several legal disputes and public money spent to mitigate traffic problems. so who else?

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    • BerrysBottom

      21/08/2016 - 22:10

      Junction 12?

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      • Andy160165

        22/08/2016 - 10:10

        Very busy

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      • Andy160165

        22/08/2016 - 10:10

        Busy

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      • Oldmoaner

        21/08/2016 - 23:11

        Thank you sorry

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  • LeeCripps

    20/08/2016 - 20:08

    I find it incredible this wasn't foreseen! A single (each way) access road from sainsburys to IKEA was always going to cause this issue.

    Reply

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