Drivers coming into Birmingham were facing long delays on Wednesday morning due to roadworks and lane closures at one of the main gateways into the city centre.
Holloway Circus, the entrance for motorists heading to Bullring, Grand Central and New Street Station, had lane closures due to major roadworks.
As a result, drivers were experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes.
It was thought the delays were worst on Suffolk Street, Queensway, where cars were queuing to get through a combination of out-of-order traffic lights, lane closures and roadworks.
One lane is closed from Paradise Circus Queensway southbound from Sandpits to Suffolk Street Queensway – and it’s likely to remain so until next summer.
Motorists were being warned to allow extra time for their journey, with shoppers heading to the German Market and the Black Friday sales expected to add to the queues.
The roadworks are to upgrade pedestrian crossing points, improve street lighting, relocate and add CCTV equipment and provide a left turn only lane from Bath Row / Holloway Head into Suffolk Street Queensway.
Workmen were also installing additional traffic signals.
Those looking for an alternative route from Five Ways were being advised to drive down Islington Row Middleway / Lee Bank Middleway and approach Holloway Circus from the south via Bristol Street.