The problem of cars leaving the Brindleyplace area after evening events has been ongoing for a number of years. It has, however, been made considerably worse by the current road closures around Paradise Circus and the M6. The extent of the problems on the first weekend in June was highlighted in the Birmingham Mail on 9 June.
We have now had three meetings between representatives of Highways and key stakeholders in the area and these have resulted in a serious attempt to address the issue by providing a temporary traffic management plan for the evenings when events are being held at local venues.
The first occasion when it is hoped to trial a version of this plan will be this Friday, 26th June.
Please bear in mind that this plan is still being tweaked and may be subject to minor change on the evening.
After these two evenings the plan will be reviewed and all feedback will be welcome.
The concern is to get a good temporary plan in place for the event evenings as we move into the autumn and the main period of activity for local venues.
Please see the map below to identify the roads and routes described in the following.
Firstly, it will involve directing:
• traffic leaving the Barclaycard Arena car parks along St Vincent Street only
• traffic leaving the Brindley Drive car park (behind the Library of Birmingham) along Cambridge Street and King Edwards Road.
The two traffic streams then merge into Summer Hill Street and along Summer Hill Road onto the A4540 Middleway.
Secondly, traffic leaving Q Park in Brindley Place will be directed left along Sheepcote Street then right only along Broad Street and out to the A4540 Middleway.
Note: Sheepcote Street between the Barclaycard Arena and the small roundabout at Brindley Place will be designated ‘access only’.
This plan will operate only for the period 10pm to Midnight or until the traffic has returned to normal. It will also be used on the 9th July.
Details supplied by John McDermot, Chair of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum
Article by Geoff Caine