Commuters faced queues of traffic on the first full working day after Birmingham’s A38 tunnels were closed for six weeks – but the forecasted gridlock failed to materialise.
The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels were shut for repairs on Friday night.
Motorists queued on the A38 Aston Expressway coming into the city, the A38 Aston Road between Dartmouth Circus and Lancaster Circus and at St Chad’s Queensway. Queues also built up on Paradise Circus, the Hagley Road and Harborne Road.
Along with road diversions, extra measures were put in place by National Express and Centro to encourage drivers not to come into the city centre.
Teams of police officers and marshalls also helped motorists stuck in queues approaching the city.
The City Council said it closed the 40-year-old tunnels until September 2 because traffic levels were usually up to 20 per cent lighter during the school holidays.
A spokeswoman said there had been no major issues during the morning and congestion was at predicted levels.
Most travellers faced delays of just a few minutes as motorists were diverted to alternative routes through the city.
Most of the early problems were reserved for the railways. A points problem at Aston caused services to be halted between Birmingham New Street and Walsall. Later a vehicle hit a bridge in Aston causing further delays.