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Grass cutting mayhem on Halesowen dual track
3:02pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Local
MOTORISTS are facing long delays along Halesowen’s Manor Way due to the closure of lanes for grass cutting this week.
An irate driving instructor, who was held up for 20 minutes forcing him to miss giving a lesson, slammed Dudley Council for failing to give early warnings.
Adrian Turner, who is also a former Halesowen councillor, accused council officers of “inept traffic management” in the handling of the five-day grass-cutting along the stretch of the A456 which should be completed on Friday.
“If they had put up warning signs at the roundabout before, motorists like me could have gone a different way.
“As is was, we were stuck in a half-mile traffic jam with the Grange Road island down to one lane, instead of three, and both sides of the dual carriageway from there to the M5 down to one line.”
Mr Turner said he had complained to the council about the same issue a few months ago and asked for more notice to be given to motorists, claiming this was done when he was a councillor.
“Instead, they did nothing and there’s been traffic mayhem again this week. It must have cost the local economy a lot of money,” he added.
But Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transport, said the council had not wanted to add congestion to other neighbouring roads by advertising alternative routes or additional warning signs.
He said: " We have to be mindful that extra signs could cause unnecessary confusion and congestion in neighbouring roads, when all the time Manor Way is open to use.”
He added: "All traffic management, including the signs conform to the current legislation and we are doing our best to minimise any disruption to motorists by carrying out this work between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid the rush hour, in recognition of this being a busy route.”
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