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. 

A38 Tunnel closures to start tonight

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.

The route

This is a map by Amey, the maintenance contractors for the tunnels, with details of the closure:

tunnel closure map

What’s happening?

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