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
An autumn timetable will operate Monday - Saturday during the period of Monday 30 October to Saturday 9 December 2017 until approximately 8pm each evening.
For more information visit London Midland's website.
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.
Bilston Road to reopen on Saturday 2 December 2017
Changes to the replacement bus service 79E
From Saturday 2 December 2017
Bus services 79 and 79E will use Bilston Road in both directions.
National Express, the operator of Midland Metro, will undertake essential testing and commissioning activities, without passengers on board.
Trams will continue to operate for customers between Grand Central and Priestfield while testing and commissioning activities take place.
Tickets are accepted on National Express West Midlands buses to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is minimised.
Travelling between Grand Central, Birmingham and Wolverhampton City Centre
Trams will be in operation between Grand Central, Birmingham and Priestfield.
Customers wishing to travel further than Priestfield will be able to alight at either The Crescent or Priestfield to catch the replacement bus 79E or 79 to Wolverhampton bus station.
Bus stops on the diversion route via Stow Heath Lane, Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields will no longer be served.
Travelling between Wolverhampton City Centre and Grand Central, Birmingham
Customers starting their journey in Wolverhampton will continue to get on the 79/79E at Wolverhampton Bus Station Stand R. Conductors will be available to sell a range of tickets and provide travel advice.
The bus will travel to Priestfield and The Crescent via Bilston Road. The bus stop near The Royal will be served.
Customers will be able to join the tram service at Priestfield or The Crescent to continue their journey towards Birmingham.
From Sunday 10 December 2017
Subject to essential testing and commissioning activities being successfully completed the tram service to Wolverhampton St. George’s will resume on Sunday 10 December.
For further information on the project visit the Midland Metro Alliance.
Wednesday 18 October to Thursday 21 December 2017
Parts of Broad Street will be closed to permit Midland Metro extension works to progress.
From 12 November buses will no longer be diverted and will be able to access Broad Street in both directions.
All other traffic will use the diversion route shown below
Traffic may still build up so please allow extra time for your journey.
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 has started its next stage of the M5 works between junctions 1 and 2 (Oldbury Viaduct) and work is progressing well.
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.
NXWM is currently offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley. Visit their website for information on Pay Local.
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.