Transportation and City Centre Resilience

There are large and varied works being undertaken in Birmingham which impact the edges of the District, and which also impact travel to and from work and business. Colmore BID liaises with Birmingham City Council and partners to keep you up to date on roadworks and other disruptions to the city centre.

To keep up to date, subscribe to our regular resilience bulletins by contacting Jonathan Bryce on the Colmore BID team. Information is also available on the Birmingham City Council web site.

If your business is affected by Highways England Works, and you would like support for your staff when they are planning their journeys, contact Transport for West Midlands’ business support team via

Here are some of the main works affecting The District:


Access to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is now via a slight detour. The detour will lead you via Edmund Street and will be in place for approximately 3 weeks.

Over the coming months, there will be additional pressure in the west of the city centre in the Broad Street area, with the Paradise, Centenary Square, and Midland Metro extension projects. Further details on these works can be found below.

In addition, main commuter routes into the city centre will come under increased pressure because of a series of motorway repair schemes on sections of both the M5 and M6, including the ongoing weekend closures of Junction 6 of the M6 and the A38(M) slip road, and the full closure of the Gravelly Hill and Tyburn Road approaches to the A38(M), which are due to end on 25 August 2017.

As schools finish for summer, travellers are advised to plan their journeys as pressure on the roads increases. Motorists are advised to consider using public transport, car sharing and staggering travel to avoid peak times. Always check before you travel.

No trains will run into or out of London Euston on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August (Bank Holiday Weekend). Train services will run between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone, however, these are likely to be busy.

The Christmas retail period will be particularly busy due to the Christmas Markets followed by re-signalling works for New Street Station, affecting the Cross City and Wolverhampton lines.

Preparatory work will be undertaken to make sure that Birmingham is ready and able to manage the start of the main HS2 construction phases in early 2018.

Finally, it’s not only congestion and connectivity that we need to take into account – the need to provide clean air will feature more strongly in future transport strategies.

Details about Broad Street, Paradise Circus, Centenary Square, and the Midland Metro Extension

This part of the city will be affected by three main programmes of work, together with several smaller schemes. There is a clear need to ensure that delivery of all of the works is coordinated to ensure that their combined impact is kept to a minimum.

From early July traffic flow on Great Charles Street will be realigned to run on the outside lane in each direction. This will allow for works in the central reservation. In late August, Great Charles Street will be fully open for vehicles and a surface pedestrian crossing will open.

From mid-October the main pedestrian route across the city through Paradise will change from Fletcher’s Walk to Centenary Way (along the route of Paradise Forum as was). There will be one lane available for traffic southbound on Paradise Circus Queensway. Both of these measures are designed to allow the safe demolition of the BCU Conservatoire.

Centenary Square refurbishment

Work has now started. Despite some early delay to the programme, completion is still expected in October 2018.

The work will be phased so that pedestrian access is maintained at all times. Signage has been put in place for pedestrians and cyclists (cyclists are asked to dismount in some places). There will be no further restrictions on traffic using Broad Street as a result of the Centenary Square refurbishment.

Metro extension

Midland Metro will be extending the Metro Line from Grand Central to Edgbaston. There are two main sets of work being undertaken:

Grand Central to Centenary Square

The Midland Metro alliance has started preliminary works, with work ongoing on the south side of Broad Street, changing to the north side in due course. Preliminary work on Pinfold Street is expected to begin in Autumn 2017.

Centenary Square to Edgbaston

Utility diversion works are continuing along Broad Street ahead of the tram extension to Edgbaston (main works will start from 2019). Whenever possible these utility works are suspended on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to preserve the night time and weekend economy in the area.

From 26 June until 11 September 2017, there will be no vehicular exit from Ryland Street onto Broad Street. This is to support a water supply diversion.

Dates and information are based on currently available information and may be subject to change.

The city needs everyone to help minimise the impact of these works by, for example:

  • Sharing the information in this briefing, and from other Birmingham Connected communications, with your staff and customers.
  • Making people aware of any upcoming potential traffic disruption and encouraging alternative travel options.
  • Including appropriate travel information and messages on your web site, and displaying this in prominent locations.
  • Encouraging walking or cycling for shorter everyday trips, such as business travel in the city centre or the school run before work.
  • Thinking about the way that your business manages the logistics of deliveries and services to minimise the number of journeys required.
  • Spreading the word about air pollution; how this affects people’s health, how to reduce exposure to it, and how to help cut pollution levels.


Project Leader: Jonathan Bryce
Jonathan Bryce

Project Lead

Project Working Lead: Paul Fielding
Paul Fielding

Working Group Lead

Starts: April 2014 Launches: April 2014