A coronavirus testing facility at the Ironbridge Park and Ride site in Telford was closed yesterday evening with chaotic scenes reported.

West Mercia Police tweeted saying the facility had closed for the evening and that long traffic queues were reported on Jiggers Bank, A4169 and A5223.

The facility, which is part of the national test and trace initiative, is to open for appointments only which have to be booked online or via 119.

It’s is not clear if the facility had run out of tests which some people say they were told or if it was overwhelmed by the volume of people attending following a booking system error.

Social media posts reported people travelling to the site from Oldham and other locations in the North West. One person who was attempting to attend the site had posted on twitter that they had driven to Telford from Cardiff.

Many local Telford residents took to social media saying they had tried to book appointments at the site only to be offered testing locations elsewhere in Leicester, Manchester and London.

Yesterday, Telford and Wrekin Council said it is making plans to open new ‘walk-in’ testing centres to increase capacity and make it easier for people who don’t have a car to get a test.

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