Changes to Birmingham Five Ways and Broad Street

What's happening?

There will be changes to bus services travelling into Birmingham city centre and along Broad Street between Monday 2 September and Spring 2020 as essential work to extend the Birmingham West Midlands Metro to Edgbaston continues.

Diversion routes for: 9, 10, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 23, 24, 126, X8, X10

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Key travel advice

You’ll still be able to get to where you need to go, but consider the following advice:

  • Plan ahead and leave more time for your journey: If you travel in the Five Ways area you’ll need more time for your journey to take account of the closure of Five Ways underpass and changes along Broad Street.
  • Use public transport wherever possible: This is to reduce congestion on key roads in and out of the city centre.
  • Travel off peak: Roads will be quieter if you are able to travel off peak. The busiest time to travel during weekdays is usually before 09.30 and after 15.30.
  • Think about your options: There will be changes to bus stops and routes travelling in and out of Birmingham city centre and along Broad Street.
  • Consider car sharing. In recent months the number of people car-sharing along Hagley Road has increased by almost 10%. Have you considered joining them? Sharing your journey with friends, family or colleagues to reduce the amount of cars on the road.
  • If you work, speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in your hours or if there are any times when you could avoid travelling altogether, such as working from home.
Travelling by bus

Services 9, 10, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 126, X8, X10

The services listed above will be diverted travelling in and out of the city from Monday 2 September until Spring 2020.

Going into the city, buses will travel along Ryland Street, Grosvenor Street West, Sheepcote Street and then onto the normal line of route.

Going out of the city, buses will travel along Sheepcote Street, Grosvenor Street West, Friston Avenue, Ladywood Middleway and then onto the normal line of route.

Services 23, 24

There will be no changes to the services listed above travelling into the city.

Travelling out of the city, the 23 and 24 will be diverted along Sheepcote Street, Grosvenor Street West, Friston Avenue, Ladywood Middleway and then onto the normal line of route.

Services 82, 87

There will be no change to services 82 and 87 from the current diversion in place.

Top tip: Plan ahead and check which bus stops have changed by using our journey planner.

Travelling by train

Rail stations on the Stourbridge-Birmingham line may be a good way to travel during the closure depending where you need to go and at what time. More seats are available on trains that arrive into Birmingham Snow Hill after 09:15 and on trains that leave Snow Hill before 16:00 or after 18:30 so you may want to consider working from home or travelling off-peak if possible.

Some services on the Stourbridge-Birmingham line may be busier during this period so always leave more time for your journey.

Top tip: Check which train services have available seats using West Midlands Trains ‘Travel More Comfortably’ posters. Plan ahead at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Travelling by Metro

If you are travelling from Sandwell, the Metro could be a good way to travel. Fast and frequent services arrive into Birmingham every 6 minutes. From December 2019 Metro services will call at Centenary Square, right on the doorstep of Broad Street.

Top tip: There are 550 free car parking spaces located at four stops on the Metro line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Find a parking stop on the West Midlands Metro website.

Walking and cycling

Businesses on Broad Street and in the surrounding area remain open throughout the works. Cyclists wishing to use Broad Street may cycle on the sections open for access and should dismount to use the footway on closed sections.

If you are travelling late at night, black cabs and private hire vehicles will be able to access the section of Broad Street between Sheepcote Street and Bridge Street.

There will be taxi bays in the following areas:

o   Taxi bay on Broad Street opposite ICC/Symphony Hall between Bridge Street and Gas Street.

o   Taxi bay outside Mooch Bar between Gas Street and Berkley Street.

o   Taxi drop off/pick up south of Sheepcote Street.

The pedestrian subway at Five Ways has ramp access for cyclists and will remain open as usual while the work takes place.

Top tip: There are thousands of free cycle storage spaces at Rowley Regis, Longbridge, Selly Oak and Stourbridge Junction rail stations. Plan a safe cycling route.

Travelling by car

Five Ways underpass and Paradise Circus are closed to all vehicles so public transport is the best way to get around Birmingham. Please view alternative driving routes if you are looking to drive.

Broad Street is closed to all traffic between Bishopsgate Street/Ryland Street to Sheepcote Street.

Access to Broad Street between Sheepcote Street to Bridge Street will be maintained but is for access to frontages and taxi pick up points only. Please do not try to drive here unless you are completing a delivery/pick up.

There will be changes to traffic and signals along Sheepcote Street, Grosvenor Street West and Friston Avenue which may cause delays to your journey. This is to prepare a safe diversion route for buses to use from 2 September 2019.

Some parking on Ryland Street will be suspended while bus diversions are in place. Bus journeys along Ryland Street will be monitored and further road changes may be made if buses experience problems using the road.

Top tip: Fast and frequent train services arrive into Birmingham city centre from nearby rail stations every few minutes during peak times. Could you catch a bus to your nearest train station? Plan ahead using our Journey Planner.

Top tip: The number 82 serves Bearwood and avoids Five Ways and Hagley Road so travelling by bus could be a good alternative to driving. You can check the route using our Journey Planner.

Stay up to date

For up-to-the-minute travel information and help planning your journey, please follow us on Twitter @WMNetwork or check your journey with the operators below.

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National Express: 
www.nxbus.co.uk or @nxwestmidlands
West Midlands Trains: www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk  @WestMidRailway

For more information and project updates relating to the Metro extension, please visit, the Midland Metro Alliance’s website: www.metroalliance.co.uk

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