The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels through Birmingham will shut completely to traffic from 10:00pm Friday 18th July until 6:00am on Monday 1st September 2014.
The works are needed to ensure the 40 year old tunnels are brought up to European standards.
This year, the ventilation system will be renewed, new communications and security systems fitted, along with plant rooms, pumping stations and electrical systems all upgraded. On completion, the tunnels will have been fitted with some of the most state-of-the-art technology enabling better management of traffic through the city centre.
This work will initially start with overnight closure for two weeks between 10:00pm and 6:00am starting Friday 4th July until Friday 18th July. A second phase, this time lasting four weeks, between Monday 1st September and Monday 29th September, is also planned.
Last year, it was predicted the tunnel closures would bring chaos and gridlock to many of the centre roads, but this failed to materialise, mainly down to Birmingham residents planning their routes in advance. It is estimated 200,000 extra commuters used public transport last year.
Commuters and visitors to Birmingham City centre are once again being asked to consider alternative routes, including:
Taking the bus
Bus operators along with Centro are working hard to make sure routes consider the affects the closure will bring and priority measures will be installed to help improve journey timetables. It is estimated 100 of buses arrive in Birmingham centre every hour.
Going by train
Why not enjoy a fast and congestion free trip into the centre via the train? Birmingham has a vast rail network and there are a large number of stations offering free car parking and storage for cycles.
Looking to get in shape this summer? A healthy alternative form of transport is to cycle to your nearest rail stations with cycle lockers and stands or go the full distance into Birmingham centre city.
Use the Metro service
There are a number of Park and Ride locations along the Midland Metro route and you can catch one of many frequent services which operates between Birmingham, West Bromwich, Bilston, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton.
Or using a sustainable mode of transport
Alternative options which are available to commuters travelling into the city centre, include car sharing, flexible working hours and Walk to work schemes. Click here for sustainable transport support for businesses.