Thornlands man says KFC Victoria Point has created traffic 'bedlam' and warns of potential for accident

A THORNLANDS man says Victoria Point KFC has created traffic bedlam and an accident is waiting to happen outside the fast-food store.

LONG WAIT: Thornlands man Karl Geary says queues at Victoria Point KFC are holding up traffic.

LONG WAIT: Thornlands man Karl Geary says queues at Victoria Point KFC are holding up traffic.

Karl Geary said long queues at the KFC drive-through were causing delays for people trying to access the car park outside Aldi.

Traffic concerns were raised in 2014 when the KFC store opened, but Mr Geary said the situation had gotten worse and he was unsure how the issue could be rectified.

"You just can't drive in there anymore, it is shocking," he said.

"There is never a dull moment in that corner. The other night it was insane, just bedlam.

"I have never seen that many cars."

Victoria Point Lakeside Pty Ltd director Garry Hargrave said owners and management of the shopping centre were extremely disappointed with the fast-food traffic.

"It is unsafe and has an unacceptable impact on the functioning of the Lakeside shopping centre," he said.

Mr Geary, who has not eaten KFC for more than 40 years, said he had been stuck in traffic outside the fast-food outlet for about 10 minutes on one occasion.

He said the bottleneck was at its worst about 6pm each night.

FAST FOOD: Victoria Point KFC is located next door to Victoria Point Lakeside shopping centre, off Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

FAST FOOD: Victoria Point KFC is located next door to Victoria Point Lakeside shopping centre, off Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

"I am normally there on a Thursday, but I think any day of the week is bad," he said.

"You can't turn. You have to sit there and wait. It is just getting dangerous.

" ... You've got cars coming towards you, there are people running around and kids running around."

Mr Hargrave said Lakeside management had received complaints about the queued traffic outside KFC, which is located on the adjoining property.

He said they had been in contact with owners Collins Foods as recently as last month and were becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation.

"My company ... initially gave permission for the KFC to utilise the lakeside access," he said.

"This was done as a neighbourly gesture and on the express understanding there would not be adverse impacts on the Lakeside access.

"After completion it was patently obvious the guarantees regarding vehicle queuing we were given were not correct.

" ... Our verbal agreement was for Collins Foods to provide traffic management at peak times until the situation was rectified. They did supply traffic management for a period but (that) has been terminated."

Mr Geary said he was unsure how the situation could be improved without removing the store.

"When they first started building it I thought 'my god, what a stupid place to put it'," he said.

"It has just gotten worse ever since.

"What are they going to do? Nothing. They are making a lot of money out of that place."

Mr Geary was avoiding the area where possible, having been stuck in the fast-food traffic when going grocery shopping.

"Victoria Point has become insane," he said. "I try to avoid the whole place now because I think it is worse than Capalaba."

KFC were contacted for comment.

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