To accommodate the Metro tram extension to Edgbaston new traffic restrictions have been announced by the Midland Metro Alliance.
We previously reported that they were to come into force on Monday 8 January 2018 but this has been postponed pending discussions with the City Council.
Amy Walker, Stakeholder Liaison Officer at Midland Metro Alliance, has issued the following statement.
Works are currently in progress to extend the Midland Metro line from Birmingham New Street Station to the Westside of Birmingham. In order for the Midland Metro Alliance to construct the new tramway, the following traffic changes need to occur:
Bridge Street onto Broad Street
From Monday 8 January 2018, the junction from Bridge Street onto Broad Street will be closed. Access to Bridge Street will only be from Holliday Street.
There will be a restriction to inbound vehicles along Broad Street at Granville Street, all vehicles that have not taken the signed alternative route into the city will have to turn right at Granville Street. Please note, there is a weight restriction on Granville Street at the bridge and a height restriction at the canal bridge in Holliday Street.
These traffic restrictions do not apply to public transport, cycles or pedestrians
Five Ways underpass
From Monday 8 January, the Five Ways underpass will also be closed to general traffic.
These traffic restrictions do not apply to public transport and pedestrians.
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I understand that the Five Ways underpass will be restricted to buses, black cabs (not other taxis) and pedestrians. It is unclear at the moment whether cyclists can use it.
Below I have inserted a Google Map of the area.