Birmingham Connected Extra – Broad Street Changes

Broad Street area traveller?

Find out about  radical changes to take place in the roads around Broad Street. These will change your choice of route  as a car driver very soon.

View here to find out about the changes detailed on the Network West Midlands website.

The above linked to web page states that the implementation is from 01 May 2019 to October 2020. But this is too wide a forecast about important, almost immediate changes.
For instance, the Grosvenor Street West / Sheepcote Street / Ryland Street changes are to be implemented by 3 September 2019.
News on other dates  is sparse but the Bath Row changes are already in place with what looks like temporary cabling.

Article and observations by Geoff Caine

Below is the latest Extra bulletin from Birmingham connected.


Birmingham Connected Extra – Broad Street changes for Metro Construction

From 2 September additional sections of Broad Street will be closed to vehicles and buses will be diverted.

Centenary Square photo showing new water feature

From the start of September work on Birmingham’s Westside Metro extension is set to reach a major milestone when tramway construction progresses along Broad Street.

Once complete the Metro will run from Grand Central to Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindley Place/Broad Street, Five Ways and Hagley Road.

From Monday 2 September additional sections of Broad Street will be closed to vehicles.

Public transport, walking or cycling remain the best ways to travel into and around Birmingham, just be sure to check your journey before you travel

Changes to bus services along Broad Street

Red bus at stop on Broad Street

For changes to bus services 9, 10, 10H, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 126, X8, X10, 23 and 24, including maps of diversion routes and alternative stops, please visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/fiveways

Westside is open for business

Open for business sign

The many hotels, bars and restaurants in the Broad Street area remain open for business as usual. Pedestrian access will be maintained and there will be taxi drop off and pick up facilities between Sheepcote Street and Bridge Street.

The newly refurbished Centenary Square is now open and well worth a visit. From December 2019 you will also be able to catch the Metro there.

The pedestrian and cycling subways under Five Ways roundabout remain open.

If you have to drive

If you need to travel by car, use alternative routes or leave extra time for your journey.

Please note you will not be able to drive along the full length of Broad Street. The section of Broad Street from Sheepcote Street to Bridge Street is open for access to frontages and taxi pick up points only. Please do not try to drive here unless you are completing a delivery/pick up.

Enforcement cameras along Sheepcote Street, which monitor traffic moving along the bus gate (similar to a bus lane) will be switched on this autumn. Please do not drive through the bus gate, as you may be fined.

Five Ways roundabout remains open although busier than usual. Five Ways underpass and Paradise Circus are still closed to all traffic.

For further information and maps to help you check how your journey may be affected please visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/fiveways.

News release available on the Midland Metro Alliance website.

Article posted on 8 August 2019.

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