Asda are set to create over 2,000 jobs in a bid to kill weekend queues. The retailer is aiming to tackle the misconception that the British are a nation of natural born queuers, claiming that it’s customer research shows that queues are the key factor in driving shoppers to distraction.

Beginning this weekend the pilot scheme is intended to ensure that all of its 7,000 checkouts across the country from 10am to 6pm on a Saturday and throughout the trading day on a Sunday, should it prove successful will be extended indefinitely.

John Irwin, Asda’s director of customer service, said: “We want to help customers get in, get what they need and get home as quickly as possible so they can spend more time with their families. Almost one third of our customers shop exclusively at the weekends and we think this scheme will make a real difference.”