The engineer who has stood in the front line of some of Birmingham's biggest road gridlock nightmares has been named as the city's first 'roads tsar'.
As the city's principal engineer, Alan Lloyd has helped reduce the knock-on impact of two recent sets of longrunning roadworks - 2002's Masshouse Circus demolition and the unprecedented scale of resurfacing work on the M6 and Aston Expressway last summer.
He was also in the hotseat during Birmingham's infamous big freeze in January 2004, when a sharp chill turned the city's road network into a huge ice rink forcing hundreds of drivers to abandon their cars.
Now Mr Lloyd has been named Birmingham's traffic manager, a new role created to work alongside the congestion task force - the informal committee set up to advise transportation cabinet member Councillor Len Gregory on improving traffic flow around the city.
Coun Gregory (Con Billesley) said: "I am delighted to appoint Alan to this crucial post. He has worked for the city since 1986, more recently as principal engineer responsible for traffic management, and is an experienced and widely respected officer throughout the region.
"His primary role will be to assist the chief highway engineer in a wide range of tasks, with particular responsibility for the implementation of the Traffic Management Act 2004.
"He will also work closely with the congestion task force in identifying and addressing the congestion issues in Birmingham, with a view to improving traffic flows along the city's major highways.
"The city attracts major developments of worldrenowned quality and we are anxious to create the right balance between development projects and the most effective use of the existing road space."
Mr Lloyd, who will take up his appointment immediately, said: "I am extremely pleased to be appointed to this challenging role of traffic manager. Birmingham is a great city and deserves top quality standards in development but we must ensure that we keep our road traffic moving efficiently at all times."