Rush-hour motorists could continue to face lengthy delays across the city for several more days following the attack on signal equipment above one of Birmingham busiest commuter routes.
Birmingham City Council says the tidal traffic lane on the A38(M) Aston Expressway will remain closed until Friday (December 18) at the very earliest.
The closure, introduced on Sunday when vandals damaged the signal lights to the middle lane above the carriageway, is already causing traffic chaos for commuters heading in and out of the city with many drivers forced into turning back home this morning.
But it will continue to have a massive knock-on affect for motorists in Birmingham given its direct link to other major city centre thoroughfares.
A BCC spokesman said: “The police are continuing to carry out investigations into the (vandalism) incident and on completion of those investigations engineers will be assessing the damage caused and carrying out the necessary repairs
“This is likely to mean that the tidal flow system will not be operational until at least December 18.
“In the interim period the tidal lane will be closed for safety reasons which is likely to cause some disruption to traffic flow in the peak traffic times.
“Information on the situation will continue to be distributed to drivers and the public through media briefings and signing on key roads which will including the use of potential traffic diversion routes.”
It’s thought permanent repairs to the middle lane signals will take between 24 and 48 hours to complete.