Carnage on A38 brought city to rush hour standstill
THE ripple effects of mass carnage on the A38 caused havoc for commuters – and could have cost the economy upwards of £1million.
Some motorists arrived for work more than three hours late as they bemoaned the city as "gridlocked".
Standstills were reported in every corner of Plymouth – from Plympton, to St Budeaux, to Roborough.
One leading business figure described it as "the worst day to travel into the city I've ever experienced".
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce chief executive David Parlby continued: "My normal journey should take around 30 to 40 minutes but I was stuck for about an hour and a half.
"I was certainly not the only one affected, around 30,000 people have probably been affected in the same way as me.
"An hour and a half's delay for that many people probably cost the city around £1.1million just in terms of the wasted time of people being unproductive.
"I had to cancel meetings, was late for another meeting.
"The significant calls to police, fire and ambulance services causes a lot of disruption.
"On the roads I was travelling on I saw there had been quite a bit of gritting.
"Obviously its hard to say what caused the delays, but clearly a combination of bad weather and road accidents severely affected the city."
Sue Mills, community librarian at Crownhill Library, usually has a commute of 20 minutes.
But yesterday her travel to work took her an hour and a quarter.
She said: "It took me 45 minutes just from Manadon roundabout to the library, which usually takes around five minutes.
"A colleague abandoned her car and decided to walk in because she was waiting for so long – but got soaked by a lorry so came in dripping wet.
"Another colleague travelled from her home in Plymstock to work in Southway Library, which took her over two hours.
"We were late but opened eventually.
"With all the traffic being diverted from the A38 to the Manadon Roundabout it was just gridlock."
Meanwhile, some schools in Cornwall were closed and power cuts were reported as the morning misery hit the region.