Major roadworks and events

Essential works and special events in the West Midlands can have a major impact on all transport.  Here, we list some of the future works and events that could affect your journey, and provide advice to help you plan a way around them.  Some works on the motorway can also affect your journey on local roads.

M5 Roadworks, Oldbury Viaduct

Highways England has started its next stage of the M5 works between junctions 1 and 2 (Oldbury Viaduct).

The capacity on this stretch of motorway has been considerably reduced which is expected to cause delays. The usual three lanes in each direction have been reduced to two lanes in each direction with a reduced 30mph speed limit. We expect traffic to increase when the summer holidays end and some drivers return to work.

Traffic management restrictions will be in place until Autumn 2018.

For more information on the work being undertaken visit Highways England.

People who use the motorway and the local road network are being urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. They are also encouraged to consider how and when they travel during the works. Especially as the start of these works corresponds with the on-going works at M6/A38(M) (Spaghetti Junction).

Public transport is really easy to use and could save you time and money.

Reducing the number of car journeys during these roadworks will minimise disruption in the area.

Get on board in 3 simple steps 

  1. Plan your journey - Even the best explorers do some pre-trip planning. Our journey planner will show you the quickest way. 
  2. Find your ticket - We have tickets for every journey, the longer you buy a ticket for the cheaper the journeys become. 
  3. Stay up-to-date - Download the NWM App and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the move. 

NXWM is currently offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley. Visit their website for information on Pay Local. 

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Velo Birmingham

On Sunday 24 September Velo Birmingham will take place. 

The 100-mile cycling event takes place on 24 September. Road closures will be in place across South West Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley areas. 

Multiple bus diversions will be in place across South West Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley areas. 

Please plan ahead as some services may not operate and long diversion routes may cause delays to your journeys. 

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Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal from 11 June 2017

The Midland Metro line that operates between Wolverhampton and Birmingham is closed between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St. George’s for essential tram track maintenance works.

Midland Metro is operating from Priestfield to Grand Central with a new timetable.

A replacement bus service from the Crescent Stop is operating during the works to allow Midland Metro customers to continue their journeys to and from Wolverhampton City Centre. Bus connections are not available from Priestfield.

View a combined Metro and 79 Timetable to show how the two connect. 

View the revised 79 timetable.

Tickets are accepted on National Express West Midlands buses to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is minimised.

It is planned for Midland Metro to be back to full service by Christmas 2017.

We have a frequently asked questions guide and a walking map to help. 

For further information on the project visit the Midland Metro Alliance. 

Top 10 travelling tips

Tip 1 - Change your time of travel

If your journey is affected by works or events, leave extra time to travel and if you can, travel out of peak hours: 7.30am-10.00am and 6.00pm-7.30pm

Tip 2 - Car share

Cut petrol costs in half, split parking fees, decrease cars on the road and enjoy the company!

Tip 3 - Check out what's on

Check out planned major events and football matches that may cause an increase in traffic in the area.

Tip 4 - Choose time over distance

Before you travel visit Highways England for real time updates on closures, roadworks and traffic levels on England's motorway and major roads network.  You may travel a longer distance but it's likely you will get to your destination faster.

Tip 5 - Try the bus

With hundreds of brand-new eco-efficient buses hitting the roads around you, bus travel in the West Midlands is connecting more people with more places than ever.

Tip 6 -  Travel by tram

Your frequent* Midland Metro runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, so it’s perfect for getting to Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, The Hawthorns and the Jewellery Quarter. 

Tip 7 - Plan your journey by public transport

Check out our Journey Planner to see if you can make your journey by bus, train or tram.

Tip 8  - Give your bike a try

Cycling is a cheap, easy way to commute to and from work and most rail stations have cycle parking. 

Tip 9 - Sign up to get information at your fingertips

Sign up to our NWM Apps to get all the latest news, find out in real time when your bus or train is due and receive service alerts direct to your mobile.

Tip 10 - Get your ticket to ride 

We’ve got all your ticket and pass options covered. Whether you need to catch the bus, train or tram, for just one day, one month or a year. Also, see National Express's current bus offer.

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