Burnt Tree Traffic Chaos Set To Last For Two Weeks

Travel misery caused by traffic lights being knocked out on the Birmingham New Road is set to continue for two weeks.

The disruption began on yesterday morning after a car crashed into the signal controller at the Burnt Tree junction near Tesco Extra at around 2.30am.

West Midlands Police attended the scene of the collision, where a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and failing to provide a specimen.

Although temporary lights have now been installed, motorists reported that they weren't working correctly and long delays continued throughout yesterday evening and today's morning rush hour.

A spokesman for Dudley Council said they were working to resolve the issues, but delays are expected for the next fortnight. Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environmental services, added:

“The traffic lights at Burnt Tree junction are out of action after a car collided with the signal controller causing significant damage. Temporary traffic lights are in operation but delays are anticipated while we work to resolve the issues, which may take up to two weeks.

"We would like to thank people for their patience during this time.”

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