As the 19th July draws nearer, the detailed localised traffic management plans have been published to assist residents, businesses and visitors in Birmingham understand the impact of the A38 tunnels closures at a very localised level.
People working in or visiting Birmingham are advised to use public transport or the alternative suggested routes during the closures. Signage of the alternative routes, which will be identifiable by a tunnels icon, is intended to direct people away from potential hotspots and into the city centre via more suitable corridors. However we understand that some traffic will still need to use these routes for access.
The measures that will be put in place as part of the traffic management plan include the following:
• Inbound access to Paradise Circus from Broad Street will be restricted to bus, taxi and cyclists only. The restriction will be in place between Bridge Street and Paradise Circus. A number of localised diversion routes will be signed including via Sheepcote Street/Sand Pits. The outbound carriageway is not affected by these restrictions.
• Snow Hill Queensway will be restricted to bus, taxi and cyclists only in both directions between St Chad’s and Colmore Circus. Access inbound will be signed via Livery Street and an outbound diversion will be in place via Printing House Street and Whittall Street.
• There will be no right turn from Old Snow Hill (from Constitution Hill) onto Great Charles Street. A diversion route will be signed from Constitution Hill to Colmore Row via Newhall Street.
• Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction where Suffolk Street Queensway joins Paradise Circus in order to manage traffic flow onto Paradise Circus.
• Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the Hagley Road inbound slip road onto Five Ways roundabout to manage traffic flows at Five Ways.
• Hill Street will be restricted to bus, taxi and cyclists only in order to manage access onto Paradise Circus.
Yellow = Signed diversion route
Green = Access restricted to bus, taxi and cyclists only