M5 roadworks: West Brom fans warned of major delays to The Hawthorns
Thousands of West Bromwich Albion fans have been warned they face major disruption getting to The Hawthorns next season due to a huge roadworks scheme on the M5.
Fans have been advised to give themselves more time to get to home games or consider using public transport.
Club officials have held talks with Highways England about the impact of the work between junctions 1 and 2 which is expected to last for up to two years.
The major project to repair waterproofing on the crumbling Oldbury Viaduct has created a headache for Albion, with thousands of supporters using the motorway to get to The Hawthorns on match days.
The work on the M5 will see the speed limit drop to 30mph and traffic will be reduced to two narrow lanes in both directions. Huge traffic delays are expected when the project gets under way after Easter.
Fans will not have to face much disruption for the rest of this season, with only a handful of games remaining, but the roadworks will be ongoing for the whole of next season.
Albion said they were keen to get the message out to fans to be aware of potential disruption.
Spokesman Martin Swain said: "The club has been aware of the proposed works to the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 for a significant period of time and has been working closely with Highways England and other agencies to try to reduce the impact of the works on our supporters and their journeys to the stadium.
"We are pleased that our views have been taken into account on a number of fronts, particularly relating to start dates of the scheme.
Inevitably though, there will be some disruption to those attending The Hawthorns and we encourage all supporters to either consider using public transport or to leave extra time when travelling on a match day."
Baggies official supporters club secretary Alan Cleverley said he hoped fans would make travel plans to avoid getting stuck.
He said: "It is going to cause a certain amount of problems, especially when there are night matches.
"I am just hoping people will take heed in advance of the changes and find a different route of set out earlier.
"Hopefully most people will know what's going on by next season."
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