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Park and Ride information

Press Release   •   Jul 05, 2013 11:42 BST

Commuters who usually drive into Birmingham are urged to take advantage of out of town and suburban car parks and use public transport to complete their journey while the A38 tunnels through Birmingham are closed.

Special parking arrangements in place during the closures include additional free parking facilities in Perry Barr and reduced parking charges at Birmingham International rail station.

The St Chad’s and Queensway Tunnels through the city will be shut for essential refurbishment work from 19 July until 2 September and drivers are being urged to use alternative transport into the city.

Centro, the region’s public transport authority, is encouraging motorists to make use of the bus, rail and Midland Metro network. A personal journey planner can be found along with other travel and ticket information at

The operators recommend that users find out what’s available locally before they travel. Some train operators provide free parking, others charge; some locations have limited parking so you need to arrive early to be sure of a space and remember to leave yourself enough time to walk from the nearest car park to your train service.

For travellers approaching the city along the A34/Walsall corridor, additional parking spaces are available throughout the closures at Birmingham City University’s City North campus at Perry Barr. The university is offering free parking at its main car park for commuters who can pick up the train from Perry Barr station, or take a bus along the A34. The buses run every five minutes and National Express and Diamond Bus are offering special tickets for the BCU park and ride at £3 return.

Andy Markou from Birmingham City University said: “Birmingham City University is happy to be involved in helping the city during the tunnels closures this summer. By allowing people to use the parking facilities here at the university, which has great public transport links into the city centre, we are providing another alternative option for commuters and visitors who would normally drive.”

Commuters coming into Birmingham from the south and east, including Birmingham Airport and Coventry will be able to park at Birmingham International rail station at a reduced price throughout the tunnels closures. 

Virgin Trains will be offering their usual off-peak daily rate of £5.00 throughout the day. For frequent travellers Virgin’s £98.00 Monthly Season Ticket for parking could work out even cheaper at £4.50 per day if used just 22 times during the month. Virgin Trains will also be offering 7 Day Travel Season Tickets Birmingham International – Birmingham New St travelling on Virgin Trains Services for just £17.60.

Anne Grant, Virgin Trains’ Group Station manager for the Midlands said: “Birmingham International is a great location to park during these essential road works.  Access to the M42 and M6 motorways and the A45 is easy.  We have an extensive car park with 2200 spaces which we hope will give commuters another travel option to consider during this period and perhaps afterwards too.

“Travelling into Birmingham New Street station is a short hop of 15 minutes or less by Virgin Trains. We offer trains every 20 minutes from 07.13 in the morning with returns every 20 minutes until 20.10 in the evening, when the frequency reduces slightly.”

Many rail stations have a car park for train users or there are commercial car parks nearby, all providing easy access to trains. Centro, the region’s transport authority provides 6,500 free parking spaces at 53 heavy rail and four Metro car parks.

Key Park and Ride options available to commuters along principal travel corridors to Birmingham city centre


Rail Station

Car Park Details



Parking provided at station

Perry Barr

Free parking provided at BCU main car park

A4123 / A456 Hagley Road

Cradley Heath

Parking at station and nearby commercial car parking also available

A41 – Metro/Train Services

The Hawthorns

Parking provided at station

A5127/A453 – Cross City Line (North)

Sutton Coldfield

Parking provided at the station and in nearby town centre commercial car park

Bordesley Green / Stechford / BHX / Coventry

Birmingham International

2200 spaces – reduced charge of £5 throughout closures

Birmingham /

Coventry Line


Tile Hill


Parking provided at station

A41 / Solihull


Parking provided at station. Charge payable


Parking provided at station. Charge payable

A34 / A435 / Stratford

Whitlocks End

Parking provided at station

Stratford Upon Avon Parkway

Recently opened station with parking available

A38 / A441 – Cross City Line (South)


Commercial Car Park A38 Bristol Road opposite Bournville College.

 £1 all day

North / East

Coleshill Parkway

Parking provided at station

National Express services from Birmingham City University

National Express special tickets for bus journeys into the city centre from the BCU Park and
Ride cost £3 for an individual return or £6 for a family return (2 adults and up to 4 children). 

All National Express normal tickets will also be available. Bus services 907, 934, 935/A,  936 and 997 run from the bus stop next to the car park into Birmingham City Centre every 5 minutes, with up to 16 buses every hour in both directions, with the journey taking only 15 minutes along the bus lanes on the A34 and in the city centre.

The first bus into city is at 05:52 Monday to Fridays, 05:57 Saturdays and 06:26 on Sundays. The last bus back to Perry Barr is at 2 minutes past midnight, 7 days a week.