I’m travelling on buses from the Grey Hound stadium in Perry Barr to the city centre to find out how the traffic has been affected on this route by the A38 tunnel closure.
I’m out this morning and later in the day to see how the streets of Birmingham are with the A38 Queensway and St Chad’s tunnels being closed for six weeks.
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 closure
From the footbridge overlooking the Queensway tunnel, now closed for six weeks (till September), taken on Saturday afternoon.
Bus lanes a priority? Looks like we’re already dreading Monday morning
Some useful pages to lookout for more updates:
- Amey – for information on what’s happening
- National Express – for free Park and ride options
- BBC Travel News - for planning your day if you’re heading into town
The Queensway and the St Chad’s tunnels on the A38 were closed at 10pm on 19 July for repair works over the summers.
With the Queensway and St Chad’s tunnels set to close for six weeks on Friday night, 10pm onwards, many have their fingers crossed.
Here are some of the tweets from Thursday, #brumtunnels a day ahead of the closures:
Two arterial tunnels in Birmingham – the Queensway and St Chad’s on the A38 will be shut for six weeks of repair works this summer.
Starting Friday, 19 July from 10pm onwards, they will remain closed until 2 September, 6am.
This is a map by Amey, the maintenance contractors for the tunnels, with details of the closure:
The work in the 40 year old tunnels is a part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management service, run by Amey and Birmingham City Council (BCC).
It is a part of a 25 year £2.7bn contract between Amey and BCC, 2010 onwards.
Over the next six weeks, there will be structural modifications, and new lights and fire protection systems will be installed.
The tunnels will be closed again in the summer of 2014 for further works.
Alternate travel arrangements
Amey have appealed commuters to look at alternate transport arrangement.
They have produced guide maps with alternate routes for reaching the New Street station, Children’s Hospital, Bullring and other major locations that will be affected by the closures.
Bus operators including National Express have issued alternate travel advise to commuters and said that diversions are likely on these routes.
A free park and ride facility is also available at the Birmingham City University’s Perry Barr campus.
With the tunnel closures to begin from 10pm, Friday night, many have their fingers crossed for journeys planned in the weekend and on Monday morning, the first work day after the closures.
However, it being a school holiday period, less traffic and hence less disruption is expected.
Soon to follow: Live updates of the first day of the closures