CONTROVERSIAL traffic measures on the M5 between Droitwich and Bromsgrove have been removed.

The 'contraflow' system, between Junction 5 and Junction 4a, was put in place whilst work was carried out on the Oldbury viaduct, aimed at encouraging people to use alternative routes and transport.

The system was initially criticised by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro, over the impact it would have on businesses and communities in North Worcestershire.

It is estimated the contraflow system effected 60,000 journeys a day, causing drivers to divert an extra 20 miles a day via the M42, leading to severe congestion.

West Mercia Police and Crime commissioner, John Campion, said “I am pleased that our concerns have now been listened to, and that our communities can finally benefit from the M5 improvements.

"These roadworks caused an unjustifiable strain, particularly on Bromsgrove residents who should have been unaffected by the improvements further into Birmingham, and who have already endured lengthy periods of disruption.”

Bromsgrove District Council Leader, councillor Geoff Denaro, said: “These roadworks have been an inconvenience and I am sure our residents, like myself, are delighted they have come to an end.”

Highways England is currently carrying out essential repair work on the M5 Oldbury viaduct which is due to finish by the spring.

The move to bring the contraflow to an end came about following discussions between Highways England and the local authorities.