Thanks to the persistence of residents and local councillors, city council highways contractors, Amey PLC, are set to work on a set of Northfield traffic lights which have been causing major hold ups for at least a couple of weeks.
Residents have been complaining of bad timings on the lights at the junction of Tessall Lane and Bristol Road South for some time, with queues as far back as Longbridge Lane, even at quieter times.
Last week Amey told Cllr Ian Cruise that there was no issue and that timings on the lights were fine. CllrCruise strongly disagreed. This prompted a deluge of online reports of the issue to Birmingham City Council from our readers over New Year week and Cllr Cartwright contacted Amey to ensure they would visit today.
However, as anticipated, when many returned to school and work this morning, traffic jams tailed back at least a mile with one reader saying it had taken her 30 minutes to drive from Longbridge McDonalds to the island at Longbridge.
And this morning Amey revisited the site and identified a fault, saying: “A fault which affects vehicle detection was identified and parts ordered from the manufacturer to carry out repairs, which are expected to be completed today (Monday 5th January). Our priority is the safety of road users therefore these signals were temporarily operating on a fixed-time sequence while the fault was investigated and repairs were carried out. We apologise for any disruption caused.”
Cllr Ian Cruise said: “For months now people have had to endure unnecessary tailbacks due to the poor sequencing of the signals. I have reported the issue to Amey on three separate occasions, only to be told the sequencing was ok and Amey would be monitoring the situation. This morning, I contacted Amey again stating their response & lack of action was not good enough. I also asked the BCC Highways Engineer for Northfield District to contact Amey. Now Amey have finally acknowledged there is a fault due to cable degradation, 3 months after my initial complaint and complaints of the many commuters who’ve had to endure increases in journey time of up to 30 minutes.
I struggle to understand why Amey could not have identified the fault with the signals on the first occasion I contacted them, instead of fobbing me off with the bog standard response. I only hope for the sake of commuters who use this busy arterial route, Amey do a good job of any repair”
Cllr Andy Cartwright said: “Well done to all. [This] just shows what can happen when we all pull together. Also thank you to Amey for listening to elected members and the Longbridge residents and thanks to B31 Voices.”