Latest travel updates

Travel updates 

As Utility diversions progress, there will be two-way traffic lights in operation along Broad Street, opposite Quayside Tower, from Monday 11 to Friday 29 June. At Hampton by Hilton Hotel there will be two-way traffic and pedestrian signals from Monday 2 July, for a number of weeks.

There is currently a partial closure on Ryland Street, with access from Broad Street, until Friday 6 July. From Monday 9 July to Friday 17 August, access to Ryland Street will be via Grosvenor Street West.

Traffic changes are also still in place along Broad Street as part of the ongoing construction work. Broad Street is accessible to buses, Hackey carriages and servicing vehicles between Granville Street and Paradise Circus Queensway. This will be a long-term restriction whilst the Metro extension is under construction.

Bridge street is closed at the junction of Broad Street and Centenary Square, with access maintaned for pedestrians and cyclists only. Three pick-up points for taxis and private vehicles have been installed.


Paradise redevelopment - Pedestrian routes between city centre and Broad Street

Please see a pedestrian map here which indicates pedestrian routes from the city centre to Broad Street/ Westside.


Midland Metro extension

Work continues on the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street Station towards Edgbaston. This involves changes for traffic on Hill Street, Brunel Street and Paradise Street. Click for further information.

Broad Street/Centenary Square, between Bridge Street and Paradise Queensway, is currently closed to all vehicles except outbound buses, Hackney Carriages and pedal cycles. Buses travelling towards the city centre are now diverted via Bridge Street and Holliday Street.

If you are driving into town consider using the ring road and entering the city centre via a route other than Broad Street. Travel south to Belgrave Middleway and approach Holloway Circus (‘Pagoda Island’) from Bristol Street, or travel north to Spring Hill (junction with Tesco and the library) and turn right onto Summer Hill Road. (Avoid Bath Row/Holloway Head due to road works at Holloway Circus.)

 If you use Broad Street, vehicles under 12’6” (3.8m) will now be directed down Gas Street instead of Bridge Street, and you should expect delays to your journey. Buses will continue to use Bridge Street.

Bus route 126 will no longer serve the markets area of the city and will insteadterminate at Colmore Row.  Click for more information about changes to this route.

A pedestrian diversion is in operation following the closure of the ramp from Fletchers Walk to Broad Street. Access is maintained via the stairs or the lift from Easy Row. An alternative accessible route to Broad Street can be taken via Holliday Street and Bridge Street. Click for further information and a map.

Works are progressing to extend the tramway from New Street Station to the Westside of Birmingham. In order for the Midland Metro Alliance to construct the new tramway, The Five Ways Underpass will temporarily be restricted as one lane will not be in use however ALL traffic will be able to use the bus lane. This restriction is expected to be in place until 25th February.

From Monday 29th January, the additional traffic restrictions in the Broad Street area will mean much of Broad Street will only be accessible to pedestrians, buses, cycles, taxis (Hackney cabs), with limited loading access for other vehicles. Alternative pick up points for private hire vehicles have been identified on Cambridge Street, Bridge Street and Bishopsgate Street.

Diversions will be signed and delays are expected. Our advice is to avoid driving in the area if at all possible.


Colmore Business District

The section of Colmore Row / Waterloo Street that runs between Nosh and Quaff and Purecraft Bar and Kitchen will be closed from Monday 5 February 2018 for approximately 4 weeks.


Holloway Circus works

One lane is closed on the Holloway Head approach to the Holloway Circus junction between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays and some weekday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. This lane closure is expected to be in operation 24/7 for a four week period starting in November (dates to be confirmed).  We recommend travellers use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible to minimise delays. Click for more information and a map.

Bus services 80, 80A, 98 and X64 are temporarily diverted on their journey towards Birmingham. Click for more information.


A38 cycle route update

The death of Suzanna Bull is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. We would urge any witnesses to contact the police with information to assist in their investigation.  Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycle way along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre.   Work to build the route was due to start this summer, but a legal challenge on whether we had followed the right processes when approving the legal orders needed before work could begin means we now hope to start work on the route in January 2018 and expect to finish by late summer 2018. As part of this scheme, new pedestrian crossings will be installed on all arms of the Bristol Road and Priory Road junction. At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians. This work is currently ongoing.  In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety.  Click for further information about the A38 cycle route.


Smart Routing App

If you have an Apple iOS device and are a public transport user, you may be interested in taking part in a project to explore how Smartphonescan act as a means of sharing transport data. If so click here or email for more information.


Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.


We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.

  • British Transport Police text 61016
  • Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • In an emergency call 999


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