The Great Western Hospital (GWH) has refused to blame traffic barriers installed in its car park for causing mass traffic disruption in Swindon.

Hundreds of commuters were caught up in traffic thought to have been a result of the operating of the GWH but officials have dismissed this. A spokesman for GWH said the new car parking system introduced in November involving a pay-on-exit barrier system, could not be blamed for the tailbacks.

Swindon Advertiser claimed that it was flooded with calls from angry drivers that were caught in long tailbacks on their morning commute.

The spokesman added: "The traffic wasn't due to the barriers not working or any technical problems, and we know from past experience that we encountered similar problems under the old system. We accept that yesterday (January 4th) was particularly challenging with the busy period."

Elsewhere, an overturned van that crashed into bollards in Corby has caused traffic chaos around the town.

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