Paradise Development Update 30 Jan 2015

Paradise Circus Limited PartnershipWe have received an update on the current effects on city centre transport during the Paradise redevelopment.

Image courtesy Paradise Circus Limited Partnership

The Birmingham Connected Team of the city Council has issued the following for general publication.

As the first phase of the redevelopment of Paradise in the heart of Birmingham city centre is now well under way, we wish to take this opportunity to provide an update on progress with particular regard to traffic and transport changes.

To facilitate demolition works on site, a series of temporary road and access changes has been introduced following a schedule designed to minimise impact on the life of the city.  To date the following changes have been introduced:

  • 5 Jan – Bus Diversions in place on routes 82,83, 87, and 89 via Newhall Street and Newhall Hill;
  • 10 Jan – Summer Row temporary restrictions to ALL vehicles between Lionel Street and Great Charles Street.  Diversion route in place and signed;
  • 10 Jan – Parking restrictions on Summer Row with bays suspended;
  • 17 Jan – Out of city at Parade/Sand Pits closed to all vehicles.  Diversions via Cambridge Street.  Into city Parade/Sand Pits remains open but with reduced lanes; and
  • 17 Jan – Temporary overnight traffic closures with diversions on Broad Street/Bridge Street/Holliday Street with lane restrictions into city from  Bridge Street.

From the evening of Saturday 31 January, we will introduce further restrictions.  These affect Broad Street which will be closed to inbound private vehicles from Bridge Street to Paradise Circus.  The route will remain open to buses and hackney carriages only.

In addition to the originally planned changes, further measures have become necessary.  These affect Summer Row and will enable safe pedestrian access to be maintained while work is carried out on high voltage underground power cables. From Monday 9th February for a period of 12 weeks, the section of Summer Row between Lionel Street and Fleet Street will be subject to short-term intermittent closures.

The next eight weeks will be a period of relative stability with no additional planned traffic measures resulting from the Paradise programme.  Should this situation change we will provide updates via our webpage and social media channels, or with additional communications as necessary.

We are continuing to analyse how the next phase of Paradise road works will be delivered later this year.  This could include block closures to complete the works faster and minimise impact upon the life of the city.

Full details of all Paradise traffic measures and other works taking place as part of the transformational Birmingham Connected programme are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected.

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, co-operation and support so far as we work to move the city forward.

The Birmingham Connected Team

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Growth and Transportation
Birmingham City Council
1 Lancaster Circus Queensway
PO Box 14439
B4 7DQ

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