MAJOR roadworks plagued motorists using the busiest entrance into Solihull town centre last weekend.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic infuriated drivers on a week where 20,000 people visited the area for the centenary Rotary International Convention.
Solihull Council gave workers the go ahead to re-surface Solihull by-pass which links Warwick Road to the M42.
But the timing of the transformation has been questioned as roads including Marsh Lane and Hampton Lane which lead into the town centre were gridlocked over the weekend.
Many of the guests at the NEC booked into Solihull hotels or visited the attractions that Solihull Council set up in the town centre.
Yet on arrival they were forced to join the growing queues as a 20mph speed limit had been enforced.
Solihull resident Richard Taylor was held up on the road over the weekend and also questioned the use of tar and stones to re-surface the road.
“This is a heathen way to resurface a road and not expected in the 21st century,” he said after making his regular morning trip to Virgin Gym in Blythe Valley.
“Thousands of vehicles are slowed down and suffer from stone chips, usually for some weeks afterwards.
“You hear them rattling on the car’s underside, I wonder what sort of damage they’re doing?”
“As a major road I would have expected the tarmac treatment that Hampton Lane got.”
Solihull Council confirmed that it was a two-day job that started on Saturday and was completed by Sunday.
“The road surface had started to deteriorate so maintenance work had to be carried out,” said a spokesperson for Solihull Council.
The speed limit is still in place although the tailbacks witnessed at the weekend have now eased.