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Motorists and business owners across Britain are calling for "crazy" traffic restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 to be scrapped.
Most towns and cities have seen one-way systems, widened pavements and road closures imposed in a bid to ease social distancing.
But residents and traders are growing increasingly frustrated with the measures, which are causing long tailbacks and decimating footfall.
Critics say the measures have little impact on virus transmission and are being used by councils to drive through 'anti-car' policies and extend cycle lanes.
Opposition is growing in areas including London, Brighton, Wiltshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Chester.
Motorists in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, say a £30,000 one-way system has created a traffic "nightmare" and it now takes 40 minutes to get through the town centre.
The new system has reduced the town's narrow medieval bridge to one lane, with traffic lights at each end, and was put in place to widen pavements.
There have been hundreds of complaints on social media.
Marcus Holbrow wrote on Facebook: "Traffic lights on the bridge will have a huge impact on travel time through the town.
"Absolutely crazy scheme, and should be scrapped as soon as possible."
Christine Atkinson said: "I went there yesterday and it was a nightmare. Terrible idea."
And Mark Smith added: "This is the most moronic idea I have ever seen or heard. How does this improve social distancing?
"I would understand if it was a one way for pedestrians. My commute to work is already 45 mins, cannot afford to add another half hour on it."
'The streets are very narrow'
Bradford-on-Avon mayor Simon McNeill-Ritchie said: "It's a Covid-19 response project to enable pedestrians over the bridge to maintain social distancing.
"It's only there to provide extra space for pedestrians. There are some people who are protesting against it and I understand why, if you are a motorists you for the first time have to stop at a set of traffic lights in the town.
"The only reason it's there is to protect pedestrians from pedestrians.
"The streets are very narrow and we can only do what the Government are advising us to do by having people step into the road.
"Hence why the lanes have been restricted in a few very small areas. It's an unavoidable inconvenience."
In London, cars have been banned entirely from some areas in a trial scheme that will last for six months.
The aim is to create 'car free' spaces, but traffic that previously used the routes is expected to add pressure in other areas.
The new rules will apply 24/7 to nearly all roads going through some parks, including St James's Park, Green Park, Bushy Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Garden.
Cars will also be banned from Greenwich Park and Richmond Park, until at least February 2021.
'Stop what you're doing'
Due to reduced car use during lockdown in Brighton, new cycle lane schemes were introduced which affected traffic as normal life started to resume.
On Friday, August 21, around 50 people descended on the Brighton and Hove City Council building to voice their opposition to the changes across the city.
Chris O'Connor, 35, said: "Reverse this decision and start earning the people's trust again.
"At the end of the day, we are the ones who vote you in and we are the ones who will vote you out.
"We are here to say no more, stop what you're doing, we don't accept four new cycle lanes."
Hundreds sign petition
In Colchester, Essex, hundreds of local residents have signed a petition calling for a review of changes to the roads due to the coronavirus.
A busy road in the area has been reduced to one lane, and frustrated motorists want the other lane reopened.
The petition, set up by Richard Pearce, also calls for other Covid measures to be reviewed.
It says: "The residents of Colchester are angry and frustrated at the state of our roads in our town.
"During the lockdown Essex Highways decided to close one lane on the North Station roundabout on the A134 Southbound for 'social distancing'.
"With the lockdown now over and businesses on their knees Essex Highways has decided to make this change semi-permanent despite hundreds of complaints.
"This is one of the busiest roundabouts in Colchester, the lane closure is causing a huge increase in congestion and pollution."
Essex Highways boss Kevin Bentley said as a resident and borough councillor he understood the impact of the measures.
"It is important to remember that these measures are designed to support residents with social distancing, which is as important as ever in our efforts to prevent further spread of Covid-19."
In Harleston, Norfolk, road closures put in place to help social distancing have been branded a "nightmare", and described as not fit for purpose.
Residents argue that while the initially may have helped enforce social distancing, the road closures are now having an effect on trade in the area.
Charles Murray, who lives in nearby Botesdale, said he would now be taking his custom elsewhere after a recent visit led to a wrong turn down a one-way street.
The 71-year-old said: "It is probably better for people who are from Harleston and know what's going on, but for me it was an absolute nightmare.
"Personally I cannot see the point of closing the roads - it is making things more confusing. We won't go back until things are back how they were."
'Everything about it is terrible'
Simon Marjoram, a local business owner, said: "Everything about it is terrible.
"To get from one end to another, you have to take a three-mile detour on the bypass. But instead of doing that, people are going through the Co-op car park.
"There are signs telling people to take a diversion, when there is no diversion. Where we live we are having to rescue visitors whose sat navs are confused.
"We are reliant on people from surrounding villages coming in. Instead people are saying 'we cannot be bothered, we'll go somewhere else'."
Despite this, South Norfolk Council maintains the changes, introduced in June "with the public's health in mind", are designed to boost confidence among customers.
'To facilitate safe social distancing'
A spokesperson said: "The restriction of traffic in The Thoroughfare remains in place to facilitate safe social distancing.
"We acknowledge some of these changes have caused disruption, but they have been implemented with the public's health in mind to help social distancing.
"This increases the confidence of people to return to the high street."
In Chester, roads were closed so that experimental bus and cycle lanes could be installed, which means narrowing traffic lanes for cars.
The scheme, payed for by a £161,000 Department for Transport grant, is being implemented to help the area emerge from the coronavirus crisis.