Heavily pregnant Sunderland woman had to walk to hospital during traffic chaos

Kelly Hobson
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A pregnant Sunderland woman had to abandon her car to make it to her hospital appointment due to the traffic chaos in Sunderland yesterday.

Kelly Hobson, 30, found herself “with no other option” but to park her car outside Southwick Police Station after sitting in traffic for 45 minutes and walk to get on time for her appointment at Sunderland General Hospital.

Traffic chaos around Sunderland City Centre caused by a traffic census.

Traffic chaos around Sunderland City Centre caused by a traffic census.

• Related story: Motorists across Sunderland hit out at traffic survey being carried out on Wearmouth Bridge and Queen Alexandra Bridge

Ms Hobson, who is three weeks away from her due date, said: “I left my house just off Newcastle Road at 8am to get to the hospital for my 8.50am appointment when I found myself still sitting at a standstill at Southwick Police station at 8.45am.

“My only other option that would get me there quicker was to walk.

“The whole thing was just a joke. There was no warning as to how much traffic and bother this would cause. I had zero energy to start with, being 37 weeks pregnant and having fasted from the night before for a diabetes test today.

Queen Alexandra Bridge, Sunderland

Queen Alexandra Bridge, Sunderland

“Walking over to the hospital alone was not ideal.”

Many motorists arrived up to two hours late for work or appointments due to traffic being stopped at both the Queen Alexandra Bridge and Wearmouth Bridge so Sunderland City Council staff could hand out traffic census forms to drivers.

The council has now apologised for the delays caused after complaints from angry commuters.