Birmingham Tunnel Closures

17 June 2014, 08:23 | Updated: 17 June 2014, 08:27

People who live or work in Birmingham can find out how they can travel when the A38 tunnels close for two months over the summer.

An event's being held in Victoria Square in the City today so people can learn more about the work being carried out.

The St Chad's and Queensway tunnels will be completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday 18 July until 6am on Monday 1 September.

The complete closure will be preceded by two weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to four weeks of similar overnight closures.

The second phase of the works will complete the upgrade to the tunnels by renewing the ventilation system, installing new security and communications systems, replacing electrical systems and refurbishing pumping stations and plant rooms.

Birmingham City Council and Highway's partner Amey will be on hand at the events, along with representatives from Centro, National Express, Virgin Trains, London Midland and sustainable transport groups promoting walking and cycling initiatives.

Those attending will be able to take advantage of discounted offers on public transport tickets as well as get advice on routes, timetables and ways to avoid the disruption.

Eddie Fellows, Highways Network Manager for Amey, said:

 "It is important to stress that disruption was kept to a minimum last year because so many people heeded the advice to leave the car at home. If we do not get similar numbers of people making the change again this year, motorists may encounter significant delays."

"These information events are an opportunity for us to help people find the best travel option for them during the closures."