PHOTOS: Last weekday of the A38 tunnel closures

On Monday the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will reopen, after 6 weeks of refurbishment. Today is the last weekday of the closures.

Great Charles StreetFrom 2 September onwards, there will be 2 weeks of night time closures to finish the remaining works.

night closuresWork in progress for the tunnels. Contractors say they will be ready for day time use on Monday.

work in progress

Bus timings that were changed on the Great Charles street for the last 6 weeks:

Bus stop changes Traffic congestions during the last 6 weeks of the closures:Traffic congestions during the closuresSoon to follow: Interview with Kevin Hicks, traffic manager, Birmingham City Council, giving more details of how the traffic flow will improve in the city centre now with better signalling systems. 

Every five minutes? But timetabled every 10 minutes!


every five minutes Photo by Kate Gordon for the #phantombuses  – crowd sourced data gathering experiment started by Brum Transport on 25 July.

Brum Transport (@pupulchatterjee) on BBC Local Live

On the first Monday of the A38 Queensway and St Chad’s tunnel closure, I tweeted for the BBC Birmingham and Black Country Local Live.

The route I covered included the point starting from the Perry Barr Park free park and ride (set up by bus operator National Express) up to the city centre.

Brum Transport on BBC

I was out on the streets, travelling on buses from the Grey Hound stadium to the City Centre from 7am-11am.

My tweets included the traffic situation, commuters reactions and pictures taken on this route.

Day 1 and day 2 of #Brumtunnel closures

A few hours before the Queensway and the St Chad’s would be closed for six weeks.

Taken on Friday evening, 19 July:



Before the #brumtunnel closureIMAG0166


And, after:

Queesnway closed


From the footbridge overlooking the Queensway tunnel, now closed for six weeks (till September), taken on Saturday afternoon. 

View on Saturday afternoon


Bus lanes a priority? Looks like we’re already dreading Monday morning

Priority to buses

Some useful pages to lookout for more updates:

  1. Amey – for information on what’s happening
  2. National Express – for free Park and ride options
  3. BBC Travel News - for planning your day if you’re heading into town
  4. #Brumtunnels
  5. #Tunnelclosures

The Queensway and the St Chad’s tunnels on the A38 were closed at 10pm on 19 July for repair works over the summers.