Traffic light problem that led to delays ‘solved’

Motorists caught up in lengthy delays today have been assured that the problems have been dealt with.

Traffic built up on Wolverhampton Road in Pelsall this morning after temporary traffic lights on Livingstone Road in Bloxwich failed. Drivers complained of huge delays in the morning rush-hour, which compounded already difficult conditions due to snow.

Walsall Council said the problems arose when South Staffs Water, working on the development site opposite Livingstone Road, damaged an electric cable on Friday, which necessitated Western Power to undertake the necessary repair.

Western Power worked through the night and over the weekend to repair the damaged cable and South Staffs Water returned to the site yesterday to complete the connection but were unable to finish the task.

South Staffs Water were instructed by Walsall Council to manually operate the temporary traffic signals during the peak period but failed to take into account the build-up of traffic from the Brownhills direction. This resulted in delays to the travelling public.

Pelsall councillor, Coun Garry Perry, who was also held up in the traffic jam, said: “Clearly motorists were severely disadvantaged with long delays, experienced on a day when traffic was already affected by the weather conditions. I am pleased to say that officers have worked with the contractors in order to bring matters to a conclusion and avoid any further disruption.”

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