Published on 21/07/17

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:

Midland Metro Extension Works

On 9 October 2017, a number of changes were made to the Hill Street area in order to facilitate the ongoing Metro works. The top of Hill Street is now closed and the coach stand has been suspended. Access to Hill Street, which will continue to be one way but with the direction reversed, will now be via Swallow Street.

On 15 October 2017, pedestrian access via the ramp onto Broad Street was also suspended. Access is now provided via the stairs and lift on Easy Row / Fletchers Walk.

Change to the 126 Bus Route

Due to the closure of the right turn from Broad Street onto Suffolk Street Queensway, the 126 Bus will no longer serve the Birmingham Markets. The route will now terminate on Colmore Row. For details of the new route, click here.

Paradise Circus re-development

Work on the walking routes through the Paradise development continue. Fletchers Walk is scheduled to close in November, at which point Centenary Way, the new walkway between Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square will become the primary pedestrian access route to Broad Street.

New Street Station Works

Improvement works to update signals at New Street Station will take place between 2130 on Saturday 23 December 2017 – 0400 on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During this time, a reduced service, including a replacement bus service will run on some routes.

Birmingham Frankfurt Market Build

The Birmingham Frankfurt Market returns from 16 November 2017 – 24 December 2017. Part of the security infrastructure around Victoria Square has already been put in place. The main construction of the market will begin on 9 November 2017. Construction of the buildings in Victoria Square will begin on Sunday 12 November 2017 and will continue until Wednesday 15 November 2017. All of the buildings will be dismantled between 26 December – 28 December 2017.

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.