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Hundreds near Birmingham New Street station face fines

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Hundreds of motorists affected by road layout changes near Birmingham's New Street station are facing £60 fines for driving on a bus and taxi route.

The old entrance to the station has been coned off for building work.

Some drivers head for the old entrance, realise their error and go along the restricted bus route instead of trying to do a U-turn.

The council said signs tell drivers on Smallbrook Queensway to go left into Hill Street.

But some drivers have accused the city council of failing to warn them of changes.

'Causing confusion'

Motorist Shane Walker, who is appealing against the £60 charge, said: "You've got two lanes of traffic here.

"How do you make a U-turn if you're in the left hand lane here? How do you turn around to turn back?"

The BBC found one earlier opportunity for a U-turn, but Midlands Today reporter Ben Godfrey said "the size and added sticky tape on signs is causing confusion".

Taxi drivers have had problems on nearby Priory Queensway.

Driver Mozafar Ali said: "We've had over 500 letters which have appealed against the fines."

The council would not reveal how many motorists were being pursued for £60 fines but said appeals could be made.

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