Transport authorities in Moscow have been forced to do a u-turn after traffic gridlock paralysed the only route to one of the capital’s main airports.
The chaos, caused by road repairs to a bridge, has already resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights. Russia’s main carrier Aeroflot also says it’s suffered substantial losses.
Officials insist new measures are now in place to ease the jam. Those came after a direct order from Russian premier Vladimir Putin to sort out the mess.
Piotr Katsyv from the Moscow Region Transport Ministry said: ‘‘The solutions we adopted yesterday have been put into effect today and will be effective for the whole period of the repair of the bridge. Through a number of technical measures and changing the organisation of the traffic we’ll be able to keep two lanes open in each direction.’‘
The journey to Sheremetyevo International Airport is notoriously bad but the ‘traffic collapse’ in the midst of a sweltering heatwave was hellish for those trying to travel.
Moscow authorities have denied accusations of foul play with a new terminal due to open this weekend at a rival airport.