A collapsed drain on a main Sutton Coldfield road has caused traffic disruption, six months after the same spot was affected before. The incident took place in Birmingham Road in the centre of the town shortly before midday on Thursday (May 26).
The road was closed at its junction with Holland Street at the main town centre roundabout and at Maney Corner, by the Empire Cinema. Traffic was diverted down Holland Road.
National Express West Midlands confirmed its bus services were being diverted and it closed town centre bus stops. It Tweeted: “Service disruption – Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield has been closed for emergency repairs. Diversion for bus services 5, 66 , 77, 907, X3 , X4 , X5 is via Holland Road, Upper Holland Road, Coleshill Street and Mill Street in both directions.”
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West Midlands Roads, Transport for West Midlands roads updates service Tweeted: “Birmingham Road near the junction with Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield Road closure. Emergency closure to fix a collapsed drain.”
Traffic was diverted off the road and on one occasion the driver of a police car on blue lights chose to ignore the ‘Road Closed’ sign and tried to force his way through the closure. He eventually decided to turn back.
Similar disruption to traffic occurred at the same location in Birmingham Road shortly before Christmas last year. On that occasion a hole appeared at the site on Thursday, December 9. Three-way traffic lights were put in place, while repairs were carried out.
The hole was believed to have been caused by a water leak which Severn Trent investigated,. On that occasion a spokesman for the utility company said it had to repair a ‘damaged access cover’, with the problem resolved by the next day.
Birmingham City Council and Severn Trent have been approached for a comment.
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