URGENT repairs to an electricity cable in Cradley mean that two sets of temporary traffic signals are operating close to one another - causing misery for motorists.

The temporary traffic signals are on Maypole Hill and Lyde Green, Cradley.

The busy roads are used as a cut-through from Quarry Bank to Halesowen. 

Dudley Council is warning motorists disruption is likely.

South Staffordshire Water is carrying out planned works with two-way signals operating on Maypole Hill. 

The works started yesterday (Monday February 27) and will last until tomorrow (Wednesday March 1).

But National Grid issued an urgent permit to carry out repairs to a cable fault on Lyde Green, approximately 200m away.

This work is expected to continue until Monday March 6.

A spokesman for Dudley Council said: "National Grid have been contacted and agreed to manually operate these signals at peak times due to the potential conflict.

"South Staffordshire Water are already using AVR signals, which control the flow of traffic to a high standard and accommodate conflicts.

"Whilst this highway is not officially designated as Traffic Sensitive, it is a known cut through and therefore disruption in this area, especially at peak times is likely to be high."