Velo Birmingham and Midlands

Duration: Sun 12 May 2019 to Sun 12 May 2019
Location: West Midlands


Phased road closures will be in place on Sunday 12 May from 04:45 until 19:00 as Vélo Birmingham & Midlands, a major cycling event, welcomes cyclists of all abilities to the Midlands. The 100-mile route starts and finishes at the Bullring in Birmingham city centre and the 42-mile route starts at the Bullring in Birmingham and ends in Coventry.

Both routes take riders through Solihull, Warwickshire, Bedworth, Coventry where the 42 mile route ends. The 100-mile route continues goes onto Dudley and Sandwell before finishing on Edgbaston Street in Birmingham.

Fans travelling to the Birmingham Arena to watch Take That are also being advised to leave more time for their journeys as the start time of the concert coincides with the race finishing Birmingham city centre.

Key travel advice

  • Plan ahead: Check your journey now and check it again on the day as roads across the West Midlands will be closed and re-opened at different times throughout the day.
  • Allow more time for your journey: thousands of people will be taking part in the race and many more will line the streets to spectate, so roads and public transport will be busier than normal.
  • Leave the car at home: road closures will be in place throughout the day. If you do need to drive, think about where you will park to avoid road closures. 
  • Be patient and expect to queue: train stations along the route are likely to be very busy as people make their way around the West Midlands.

Travelling by bus

Phased road closures will be in place across the West Midlands for most of the day which means many bus services will be re-routed and some bus stops will not be in use.  Stops will re-open and bus routes will return to the normal route once the event has passed. Check how your journey will be affected and plan an alternative route, using our journey planner. 

Please click on the following links for a full list of bus changes:

Travelling by train

Train services are due to run a normal Sunday service but are likely to be very busy as spectators and visitors travel around the West Midlands.
The nearest train station to the start line for both routes is Birmingham New Street or Moor Street Station which are approximately a 10-minute walk away. 

The nearest station to the finish line for the 100-mile route is Birmingham New Street or Moor Street Station. The 42-mile route finishes in Coventry city centre (University Square) which is approximately a 15-minute walk from Coventry train station.

Plan your journey at www.nationalrail.co.uk 

Travelling by metro

The Metro is due to run a normal Sunday service however it is likely to be very busy early on in the day as people arrive at the start line.
The nearest Metro stop to the start and end of the route is Grand Central which is approximately a 20-minute walk away.

Plan your journey.

Walking and cycling

Public footpaths are open as normal during the event however pedestrians are advised to look for the nearest existing road crossing point or speak to an event steward for assistance.
For locals travelling by bicycle, it is recommended to dismount at the road closure and take care when crossing the route, again using an existing crossing point where available.

Driving and parking

Due to the scale of the event, there will be road closures in place throughout the West Midlands from as early as 04:45.
Reducing non-essential car journeys around the route will ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for those who need to keep moving. 

These will be removed in sections to minimise the length of time the roads are closed.

If you do need to drive Satellite Navigation systems such as Google Maps will recognise the road closures and can offer alternative routes but please leave more time for your journeys. 

Residents living very close to the route are advised to park a short distance away ahead of the road closure to help with essential journeys.
You can check the route, and if your road will be affected here.

You can view all Birmingham City Council city centre car parks here.

Find out more

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

National Express: www.nxbus.co.uk or @nxwestmidlands @nxcoventry
Diamond: www.diamondbuses.com/west-midlands  or @diamondbuses
Arriva: www.arrivabus.co.uk/midlands or @arrivamidlandsW
Stagecoach: www.stagecoachbus.com/about/midlands @StagecoachMids

For event updates and to plan your day, visit www.velobirmingham.com

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