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.
Highways works on the region's roads are creating congestion on some of the regions busiest roads. Here are some tips to help you travel or switch from the car to public transport.
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: 7.00am-10.00am and 4.00pm-7.00pm
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
* Every 6 - 8 minutes during the day
Wednesday 4 October 2017 until further notice
Due to severe roadwork congestion being encountered on Holloway Head, Services 80/80A, 98 & X64 will be diverted.
Service 80/80A - Journeys to Birmingham will be diverted via Broad Street and Great Charles Street. Passengers should board or alight at the following bus stops:- BR7 – Broad Street, BR1 – Broad Street, PC7 – Broad Street, GC3 – Great Charles Street, GC4 – Great Charles Street, SQ3 – Snow Hill Queensway, BS8 – Priory Queensway, MS13 - Moor Street Queensway, NS3 – St Martins Queensway or NS9 – Smallbrook Queensway. Journeys from Birmingham will continue to serve Holloway Head as normal.
Services 98 & X64 - Journeys to Birmingham will be diverted via Broad Street and Great Charles Street. Passengers should board or alight at the following bus stops:- BR7 – Broad Street, BR1 – Broad Street, PC7 – Broad Street, GC3 – Great Charles Street, GC4 – Great Charles Street, SQ3 – Snow Hill Queensway, BS7 – Priory Queensway, MS15 - Moor Street Queensway, NS3 – St Martins Queensway or NS9 – Smallbrook Queensway. Journeys from Birmingham will continue to serve Holloway Head as normal.
Highways England are working on the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 (Oldbury Viaduct).
Work is currently on target to complete the major repair works by autumn 2018.
The capacity on this stretch of motorway has been considerably reduced. The usual three lanes in each direction have been reduced to two lanes in each direction with a reduced 30mph speed limit.
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.
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.
NXWM is still offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley. Visit their website for information on Pay Local.
Solihull Council will be carrying out improvement works on the Fillongley Road Bridge which spans the A45.
The bridge, built in 1958, has had nearly 60 years of constant, heavy use and, following a structural assessment, it now needs replacing in order to last for a further 60 years.
The works are expected to start in January 2018 and are due to be completed by the end of March 2019.
Ashted Circus roundabout forms part of the north east section of the Birmingham ring road (A4540). It provides access to Aston University and Birmingham City University, Eastside, and the planned Curzon Street High Speed 2 station. The roundabout suffers from traffic congestion and delays especially during peak commuting times. Birmingham City Council will be changing the junction to a cross roads, controlled with traffic signals.
Construction is now expected to begin in early 2018 and last for approximately one year.
Highways England are consulting on their proposals for the design of the M42 junction 6 improvement scheme.
Junction 6 of the M42 connects the M42 motorway to the A45 to the east of Birmingham, near the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). It has almost reached capacity causing severe congestion and delays across the network. This congestion will increase as traffic levels grow due to the planned and aspirational developments in the area.
Highways England would like your views on their proposals. There are a number of consultation events planned or you can give your views through their website.
Here we have more detail on the works, events or disruptions that are current or planned in the next two weeks.
Traffic increases in the area when matches are taking place. Catching the bus train or tram can help ease congestion.