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.

No trains to or from London Euston 26 and 27 August

Network Rail is carrying out upgrade work at London Euston in preparation for HS2, part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan.

As a result of this upgrade work NO Virgin or London Midland trains will run to / from the West Midlands and London Euston stations on 26/27 August. 

London Midland trains which normally run between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will only run as far south as Northampton. Virgin trains services will terminate at Rugby or Milton Keynes. 

Additionally there will be no Chiltern train services to London from Birmingham Snow Hill. Services from Birmingham Moor Street will continue to operate. 

Please travel either side of the weekend or use alternative routes. Plan ahead at National Rail Enquires. 

You may also wish to consider travelling by coach if you need to travel on these days. Please book in advance for Bank Holiday weekends to avoid disappointment. 

Further details are available at

Rail disruption Walsall line 13 to 28 August

Sunday 13 until Monday 21 August 2017

Train services will run between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway only.

Buses will replace trains between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall/Rugeley Trent Valley.

Tuesday 22 until Monday 28 August 2017

Train services will run between Walsall and Birmingham New Street only.

Buses will replace trains between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall.

Visit London Midland for more information.

M6 Junction 6/A38(M) Restrictions from 7 July 2017

From 14 July until 4 September major roadworks are taking place at Gravelly Hill Interchange (Spaghetti Junction). Full closures of M6 Junction 6 will take place each weekend. For the duration of the works, the slip roads to/from Gravelly Hill and the Tyburn Rd will be closed

Some works have been completed early and the entry slip roads to the M6 from the Aston Expressway will remain open on weekends.

For more information visit Highways England

While Birmingham is, and always will be, open for business, these works are likely to cause significant delays even on weekdays for people who travel in and out of Birmingham. Delays could be up to 30 minutes or longer. 

Reducing the number of car journeys during these roadworks will minimise disruption along the route for buses and other traffic.

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

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. 

trainicon Switch to train!

Train services will be unaffected by the works. The Cross City Line which runs between Lichfield - Sutton Coldfield - Erdington and Birmingham is one of the most frequent on our network, with services running up to every 10 minutes. 

Journey times by train will be significantly less than by car or bus travel. 

nTrain tickets are a great value way to pay. You can purchase them from any staffed station with a passport photo if you don't already have a photocard. 


Gravelly Hill - Zone 2 - 1 week £11.10 / 4 weeks £40.50

Erdington / Chester Road - Zone 3 - 1 week £18.50 / 4 weeks £62

Wylde Green / Sutton Coldfield - Zone 4 - 1 week £23 / 4 weeks £78

Four Oaks, Butlers Lane, Blake Street - Zone 5 - 1 week £25 / 4 weeks £84

If you're planning to make the switch long-term then apply for Direct Debit and save even more each month! 

busicon Switch to bus!

While switching to bus will create less congestion, some routes may experience delays. Bus operators will divert and alter routes to help keep them moving and we will have bus lane enforcement in place to make sure cars do not enter the bus lanes. 

Services 110 (Arriva), X3, X4, X5 & X14 (NXWM) will be diverted via Lichfield Road during these works. Allow extra time to travel. 

Delays in peak times are possible to routes 53 (iGo), 65, 66 & 67 (NXWM). Allow extra time to travel on these routes.

In addition, displaced motorway traffic finding alternative routes to and from the M6 may also result in buses in the area experiencing delays at peak times - including services 11A/11C Outer Circle, 51, 71, 94, X12, X51 & X70.

To make it easier for people to use the bus instead of the car, National Express is introducing a discounted weekly ticket. Visit their website for more information

Don't forget to check our top ten tips on travelling during disruption further down this page. 

M5 Roadworks, Oldbury Viaduct

The next stage of Highways England’s main repair works on the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 (Oldbury Viaduct) will go live this weekend, Saturday 29 July.

The capacity on this stretch of motorway will be considerably reduced which is expected to cause delays. The usual three lanes in each direction will be reduced to two lanes in each direction with a reduced 30mph speed limit. 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. 

Find out more

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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