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How the Conservative Conference affects you
The Conservative Party Conference comes to Birmingham next week, which will put the West Midlands on the map in the wake of the Brexit vote. Here's how it might affect you, if you live or work in the city:
There's already no access to vehicles on Broad Street (between Gas Street & Paradise Circus) and Bridge Street, near the conference's main hotel, the Hyatt Regency.
From Thursday night, no vehicles will be allowed onto Cambridge Street between the junctions of Brindley Drive and Civic Close, although residents on Civic Close will be given access. Two way traffic will be brought in on Cambridge Street between Paradise Circus and Brindley Drive.
But Sunday sees restrictions tighten further.
The areas near the conference centre around Broad Street, Bridge Street and Cambridge Street will be open to pedestrians only, while bus stops on Broad Street between Sheepcote Street and Paradise Circus, will be suspended, affecting a host of bus services.
Restrictions will stay in place until Thursday evening apart from on Cambridge Street which will stay closed to vehicles until 5am next Friday.
Details as follows:
The mall through the ICC will be closed to the public throughout the conference. The area around the building, including Centenary Square, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the section of Broad Street adjacent to Centenary Square will see some changes to access:
Overnight Weds 28 Sept (8pm-5am):
- No vehicle access to Broad Street (Gas Street to Paradise Circus) and Bridge Street adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hotel.
5am Thurs 29 Sept 2016 to 5am Sun 2 Oct:
- Broad Street (Gas Street to Bridge Street) restricted to buses, taxis, cycles and delivery vehicles.
- No vehicle access to Bridge Street adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Overnight Thurs 29 Sept (8pm-5am):
- No vehicle access to Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close). Access for residents to Civic Close via King Edwards Road throughout restricted period. Two way traffic will be implemented in Cambridge Street between Paradise Circus and Brindley Drive.
5am Sun 2 Oct to 5am Thurs 6 Oct:
- Pedestrian access only to Broad Street (Gas Street to Paradise Circus), Bridge Street (near to the Hyatt Regency Hotel) and Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close).
- Bus stops on Broad Street (Five Ways to Sheepcote Street) in use in both directions. Bus stops on Broad Street (Sheepcote Street to Paradise Circus) not in use.
- Taxi ranks outside Reflex bar, Broad Street and Hyatt hotel, Bridge Street suspended. Temporary taxi ranks in Broad Street (Oozells Street to Gas Street).
- Bridge Street on street pay & display parking suspended.
Overnight Thurs 6 Oct (8pm-5am):
- No vehicle access to Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Civic Close).
Services 9, 120, 127, 128, 140, X10 from Birmingham city centre - Will continue on Newhall Street and Graham Street, to then be diverted via Newhall Hill, Sandpits, Clement Street, St Vincents Street, Sheepcote Street on to Broad Street to continue normal route.
Servies 9, 120, 127, 128, 140, X10 from Birmingham city centre- Will continue normal route.
Services 22, 23/A, 24, 29 to Birmingham city centre - Will be diverted via Broad Street, Sheepcote Street, St Vincent Street, Summer Hill Street, Summer Hill road, Newhall hill, Graham Steet, Lionel street, Ludgate Hill onto Great Charles Street to continue route.
Services 22, 23/A, 24, 29 from Birmingham city centre - Will be diverted via Smallbrook Queensway, Holloway Head, Bath Row, Wheeleys Lane, Islington Row onto Calthorpe Road to continue normal route.
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