Major roadworks and events

There are essential works and special events in the West Midlands which could have an impact on all transport.  Here, we list some of the future major works and events that could affect your journey, and provide advice to help you plan.  Some works on the motorway could affect your journey on local roads.

M5 junctions 1 and 2 works and changes to bus services in Sandwell and Dudley

Major, essential maintenance work on the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 will start after Easter 2017.  For more information visit Highways England.

People who use the motorway and 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.  

National Express West Midlands (NXWM) has been reviewing bus services in the area and services in the Sandwell and Dudley will be revised from Sunday 23rd April.  For bus changes visit National Express West Midlands. NXWM is currently offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley.  For more information on Pay Local visit National Express West Midlands

We will be holding exhibitions to tell you more about the scheme including public transport information and ticketing. See the exhibition events page for more information.

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.

 * Every 6 - 8 minutes during the day

Exhibition events - Find out more

We will be holding events to tell you more about

  • M5 junctions 1 and 2 works
  • Bus changes in the Sandwell and Dudley area
  • Swift Pay as You Go Ticketing
  • Public transport information


  • Static exhibition inside Sainsbury's  SavaCentre, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DB  on

          Date: Friday 24 March
          Time: 10am to 8pm

  • Static exhibition Pennington Suite, 2nd Floor The Hawthorns football stadium, West Bromwich Albion, West Bromwich, B71 4LF  on

          Date: Saturday 25 March 
          Time: 10am to 4pm

  • Network West Midlands Bus in Oldbury Square, junction of Freeth Street/Halesowen Street, Oldbury B69 3DB on

          Date: Thursday 20 April
          Time: 10am to 3pm

  • Marquee in front of Central Sixth's Campus, West Bromwich, B70 7PG on

          Date: Saturday 22 April
          Time: 9am to 3pm



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