Conservative Party Conference Traffic Restrictions

conservativesThe Conservative Party Conference will again be held in the ICC/Symphony Hall/ complex  in Broad Street and Centenary Square from  Sunday 2 October to Wednesday 5 October.

Birmingham Connected has issued the following information on the effect the conference will have on traffic and pedestrian routes.

Local traffic restrictions for Conservative Party Conference

The Conservative Party Conference will be held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham from 2 to 5 October 2016.

Key city agencies including Birmingham City Council and  West Midlands Police are working together to ensure there is as little disruption as possible to local residents and businesses, however there are some temporary access restrictions which may affect some journeys between 28 September and 7 October. A map is available online. [Editor: I have retrieved the very large pdf files on this link and converted them to jpg’s – click here to view on a separate page.]

The mall through the ICC will be closed to the public throughout the conference. The area around the building, including Centenary Square, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the section of Broad Street adjacent to Centenary Square will see some changes to access:

Overnight Weds 28 Sept (8pm-5am):

  • No vehicle access to Broad Street (Gas Street to Paradise Circus) and Bridge Street adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hotel.

5am Thurs 29 Sept 2016 to 5am Sun 2 Oct:

  • Broad Street (Gas Street to Bridge Street) restricted to buses, taxis, cycles and delivery vehicles.
  • No vehicle access to Bridge Street adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Overnight Thurs 29 Sept (8pm-5am):

  • No vehicle access to Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close). Access for residents to Civic Close via King Edwards Road throughout restricted period. Two way traffic will be implemented in Cambridge Street between Paradise Circus and Brindley Drive.

5am Sun 2 Oct to 5am Thurs 6 Oct:

  • Pedestrian access only to Broad Street (Gas Street to Paradise Circus), Bridge Street (near to the Hyatt Regency Hotel) and Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close).
  • Bus stops on Broad Street (Five Ways to Sheepcote Street) in use in both directions. Bus stops on Broad Street (Sheepcote Street to Paradise Circus) not in use.
  • Taxi ranks outside Reflex bar, Broad Street and Hyatt Hotel, Bridge Street suspended. Temporary taxi ranks in Broad Street (Oozells Street to Gas Street).
  • Bridge Street on street pay & display parking suspended.

Overnight Thurs 6 Oct (8pm-5am):

  • No vehicle access to Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close).

Change to Moor Street car park egress

From 5 October 2016, cars exiting Moor Street car park, in the city centre, will not be able to proceed straight on to Moor Street, but will be channelled left onto Park Street and directed to exit the city through Digbeth. The new arrangement is intended to address congestion issues affecting bus services around Moor Street Queensway and will initially be trialled for four weeks.

More details are available at

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The Birmingham Connected Team

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Geoff Caine