Roadworks to shut Kingswinford High Street for two weeks
Drivers are braced for major new year disruption with the busy Black Country road to be shut for two weeks.
High Street in Kingswinford – used by thousands of commuters a day – will be closed from January 7 for resurfacing.
It will cause headaches for drivers on the main route, at the junction of Market Street, just as children are going back to school and staff return to work after the Christmas period.
Businesses on High Street also hit out saying the roadworks would affect access to their shops and causing a nuisance in the area.
Philip Guise, owner of Village Trophies on High Street, said they had not been told about the roadworks in advance – only finding out once a sign had been put up.
He said: “It would have been better if they had told us they were effectively closing down our shop for two weeks.
“It would have been nice if the council would have told us this was taking place, we only found out after we saw the sign in the road.
“It will cause a nuisance for us as access to the car park at the rear of our shop is off High Street and it will cause congestion.
“It is going to cause problems for our customers.”
Posting on Facebook, Ellie Humphries said it was going to be a ‘nightmare’ during the roadworks, while Cherie Lowe added that there would be ‘more traffic’ on an already busy road.
Kingswinford North Councillor Dave Tyler said: “The road has been breaking up very badly for a number of months, probably at least a year.
"It is unfortunate that the road needs to be shut but at least it is being done in one go and not just little bits.
"Roadworks are necessary and that road needs work and maintaining.”