Duration: Mon 13 Jan 2020
to Spring 2026
More than just a railway, HS2 is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships in the West Midlands. Enabling faster and easier travel between Birmingham, Manchester and London, HS2 will better connect people to places, making it easier for businesses and people, to grow.
Before HS2 arrives in the West Midlands there is a lot to do. Work has already begun to get the ground ready for station construction on the former Curzon Street Station site.
Over the coming months, Laing O’Rourke/Murphy Joint Venture (LMJV), the contractor responsible for preparing the route, will be working on roads in central Birmingham to plan and prepare for the construction of the new railway. This will involve carrying out studies, including digging trenches in the roads listed below, to help understand what gas, water and electricity pipes may need to be diverted when the railway is built.
In order to carry out these works safely, Park Street will be closing permanently from Sunday the 5th of July. The closure will be in place from the junctions of Masshouse Lane and Bordesley Street.
To support this, later this year a bus gate will be introduced on a section of Moor Street Queensway between Moor Street Station and the junction with Carrs Lane. This will limit northbound and southbound access for private vehicles except for buses, cyclists and hackney carriages. Access for loading and unloading to Moor Street Station and other premises in the area will still be possible, although via different routes in some cases
More information will be available before each closure or change, letting you know exactly how your journey will be affected and what to do to keep moving.
The schedule is subject to changes, depending on site and weather conditions so please check back regularly.
During the work, there will be changes to the way you travel to and from some parts of the city centre. You will need to plan ahead and remember to check your journey regularly. We want to help you stay up to date with the latest information to help you plan ahead and keep moving while the construction takes place.
As more information becomes available, we will share it here, so please check back regularly.
Clearly signpost the lane closures, road closure and pedestrian management and explain these changes to road users and pedestrians.
Keep disruption to a minimum.
You can download our business toolkit here which provides further information and a number of useful assets that can be used to communicate with staff, students, customers and visitors of organisations in the area affected by the works.
We are continually reviewing works on our construction sites based on Government and Public Health England (PHE) advice on dealing with COVID-19. The Government’s current COVID-19 strategy makes clear that construction activity can continue as long as it complies with this guidance.
The health and safety of our workforce and the communities we affect is our key priority. Please be assured that those sites that are currently still working are doing so because they can operate within PHE and construction industry guidelines.
Roads are currently quieter than normal, but you may still need to leave extra time for your journey.
Plan Ahead: Check the latest traffic conditions before you leave using apps like Google Maps or Waze.
If you make essential journeys in this area familiarise yourself with any planned closures so you can plan a different route in advance.
As more information becomes available we will share it here, so please check back regularly as dates may change or sign up for updates.
For more information on HS2, please visit https://hs2inbirmingham.commonplace.is/ or contact the helpdesk on 08081 434 434.
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