Faulty barrier traps cars in Queen's Medical Centre car park
DOZENS of cars were trapped in a Queen's Medical Centre car park last night because of a faulty barrier.
Car park three, based on the site of the former nurses' quarters, usually has two exit barriers, which use number plate recognition technology.
A hospital spokesman said a lorry accidentally reversed into one of the barriers in the afternoon, causing it to break down.
It led to long jams between 5pm and 6pm.
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The car park is used by staff and pre-paid visitors.
One member of staff, who didn't want to be named, said she had waited more than 40 minutes at around 6pm.
She said: "I managed to move a few yards in 40 minutes. It is crazy. When you have finished work, you just want to get home.
"There must have been 100 to 150 cars all queuing to get out of the car park.
"We were just left with hardly any information about what was going on."
The second barrier was still working but the number of people trying to get out caused major tailbacks.
Eventually the second barrier was lifted to allow cars out.
A spokesman said: "The busy rush-hour period meant there were long queues of people trying to get out of the working barrier.
"We soon realised this and a car park attendant went to open that barrier to allow those cars out."
The spokesman wasn't sure when the faulty barrier would be fixed.
He added: "We will have to make a decision again on Wednesday what we do if the situation remains the same."