FUMING motorists honked their horns in anger after becoming "trapped" inside a car park "for hours" over the Bank Holiday.
Some of the Easter shoppers were forced to leave their cars behind following three-hour queues at St David’s Shopping Centre.
The popular Cardiff mall blamed "council-controlled traffic lights" for the delays, claiming they "did not prioritise the car park".
One frustrated driver told SundayStar.co.uk they were stuck in the same spot for almost "two hours" before they managed to escape.
Another motorist abandoned their car, deciding to take the train home, explaining they would be collecting their car tomorrow.
Taking their anger to Twitter, one user wrote: "@StDavidsCardiff how can you say that the roads outside are gridlocked???
"I've been stuck for 2 hours so far on level 6 and still not moved. Just been outside to get supplies and this is the current roads…"
What on earth is happening in Cardiff St Davids parking 🤣 pic.twitter.com/0ev4YaETgm
— Tevo 🦊 @ FBL#11 (@tevosilverfox) April 8, 2023
In response, the centre explained: "The congestion has been steadily easing, however the council-controlled traffic lights are still only letting traffic out of the car park very slowly.
"We have asked the council to change the lights to prioritise letting people out of the car park."
One Cardiff local told Wales Online: "It was gridlock. Nothing was moving. We went 30 yards in two hours and we were on the sixth floor."
He explained he phoned the car park, who told him the traffic lights were "staying on red too long" and were "not letting people out".
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