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Road closures and traffic disruption for Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer

Details of traffic arrangements around key Commonwealth Games venues including road closures, one-way systems and controlled parking zones have been published. Maps showing temporary plans for locations such as Alexander Stadium are now available to view on the Birmingham 2022 website.

The event will run from July 28 to August 8 – and is set to bring tens of thousands to the region and the UK in 2022 and subsequent years. The plans are available at www.birmingham2022.com/getset and the organizers will also be holding drop-in sessions for residents and businesses “over the next few months”.

So far, details are only available for Birmingham with more information for venues in Cannock Chase, Coventry, Dudley, Lee Valley Velopark, Sandwell, Solihull, South Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton set to be published in due course. Transport for West Midlands executive director Anne Shaw said: “Our plans are designed to make it as easy as possible for spectators to leave the car at home and use public transport to get to events.

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“This, along with the traffic management and parking plans announced today ensure that residents and businesses near to venues will be able to access their properties as well as help manage congestion on the wider network for regular commuters, deliveries and emergency services going about their daily business. There will inevitably be some disruption at some busy times, but these plans have been carefully designed to keep that to a minimum. Ensuring our region can keep moving when a million visitors arrive this summer will be key to a successful Commonwealth Games.

“This is the biggest, most prestigious event ever hosted in the West Midlands and there will be a range of things in our normal daily routines that need to temporarily change. This is the case with all such major multi-sport events, so I would recommend people start planning ahead and check out information as it becomes available through the Get Set website. ”

Here, we look at some of the changes residents can expect to road layouts during the Games.

Alexander Stadium



Alexander Stadium – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is the main venue for the Games and the surrounding area will see a number of changes during the event. Aldridge Road and Church Road will be closed in the northwards direction to all drivers without permits – open to residents living in an eligible postcode – operating from July 22 to August 10.

Applications for permits will open in May and Birmingham City Council will write to eligible households and businesses in advance. Birmingham 2022 has said walking and cycling will still be unrestricted on “most roads giving free access to the area”. The site says Beeches Road and Stanford Avenue will have a no stopping rule and a total of 38 roads around the stadium including A34 Walsall Road will have controlled parking measures put in place.

Utilita Arena Birmingham



Birmingham Arena - map of road changes for Commonwealth Games
Birmingham Arena – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

Utilita Arena Birmingham in Birmingham City Center is where artistic and rhythmic gymnastics will take place from July 29 to August 6. Special arrangements include the complete closure of King Edwards Road outside the arena from July 26 to August 7, while Civic Close, Cambridge Street and Kingston Row will become permit access only. Residential roads between Ladywood Middleway and Summer Hill Road will have controlled parking put in place, and there will be no stopping at Cambridge Street, Summer Hill Street and St Vincent Street.

Edgbaston Stadium



Edgbaston Stadium - map of road changes for Commonwealth Games
Edgbaston Stadium – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

The area around Edgbaston Cricket Ground – due to be home to the women’s T20 Cricket from July 29 to August 8 – and Cannon Hill Park will be affected during the Games. Edgbaston Road – directly outside the stadium – will be closed from July 28 to August 8 while no stopping will be enforced at a number of roads surrounding the site including Pershore Road. Part of Edgbaston Road to the east will become open to permit holders only and a network of residential roads will have controlled parking schemes put in place.

Smithfield



Smithfield - map of road changes for Commonwealth Games
Smithfield – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

The central Smithfield site will house beach volleyball, basketball and wheelchair basketball as well as serve as the starting point for the marathon. The top part of Digbeth High Street will become no stopping except for taxis, while Sherlock Street and Moat Lane will become no stopping except for buses. Part of Pershore Street and Claybrook Street will become permit access only. All of these changes will be in place from July 28 to August 8.

Sutton Park



Sutton Park - map of road changes for Commonwealth Games
Sutton Park – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

Sutton Park will be the site of the triathlon and para triathlon between July 29 and August 31 and will see a number of roads to the south of the park closed. These include part of Jockey Road and Halton Road as well as adjoining roads in the area. The triathlon route has also been laid out – running through Stonehouse Road and Monmouth Drive.

University of Birmingham



University of Birmingham venue - map of road changes for Commonwealth Games
University of Birmingham venue – map of road changes for Commonwealth Games

The university will be home to part of the event’s athletes’ village from July 22 to August 11 as well as hockey and squash from July 28 to August 8. A number of residential roads south of the A38 will become controlled parking zones while part of Edgbaston Park Road south of Pritchatts Road will become permit only.

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