The relocation of the Black Country Urban Traffic Control (UTC) to Wolverhampton's Civic Centre is due to be completed next week.

The central computer system that controls and co-ordinates the majority of traffic signals across the Black Country and associated communications is being re-housed as part of the move from Heantun House.

As a result the computer system will be shut down for 5 days, which will mean that, while traffic lights will still be operational, their timings will be subject to change.

The relocation work is taking place during school half term as traffic flows are generally lighter than normal at this time.

Bob Willis, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Urban Traffic Control Manager, said: "This essential work has been scheduled to take place during next week's half term, which means we will be able to minimise any impact on the road network across the Black Country as much as possible.

"We are advising motorists that there may be some delays experienced on main routes, particularly during peak traffic periods.

"In order to mitigate the effect of the works traffic signal timings at strategic junctions have been evaluated and adjusted.

"Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys throughout the week and we thank them in advance for their patience during this work."

Heantun House it set to be demolished as part of the relocation of Wolverhampton's markets and ahead of developers starting works on the transformation of the Westside area of Wolverhampton.

  • released: Thursday 11 February, 2016