A £1.9 million road to alleviate traffic congestion at Birmingham’s NEC was opened last week after nearly a year, only to be promptly closed again.
The slip road was completed last July and was designed to ease traffic when big shows are on.
But it remained closed because Solihull Council said it was waiting for “special flashing signs” to be delivered from Germany.
Just hours after the Birmingham Post highlighted the issue last week, the road was opened – with standard non-flashing signs. Workers at the business park on the NEC site were delighted, saying it brought to an end months of sitting in traffic queues when big shows were on.
But the council shut the road again on Sunday. A spokeswoman said it had only been open to accommodate the extra traffic generated by Crufts.
“Now Crufts is over, we will re-install the traffic management to complete the signing adjacent to this slip road and fully open it by the end of this month,” the spokesman said.
The road links Station Way and Bickenhill Lane with the A45 and was built as part of an £11 million grant to improve links across Solihull.