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Albert Street City Centre closed – unstable crane

Update @21:20

The Police have confirmed the incident is no longer an emergency and all emergency services are standing down.  Road closures will remain between Moor Street Ringway at Albert Street, Albert Street at Bartholomew Street, Park Street at Fazeley Street. It is likely these road closures will remain through the night and tomorrow.  A large mobile crane will be located on Park Street throughout Friday.

Update @ 18:10

Specialist contractors have been working with emergency services throughout the afternoon to reduce the risk of the crane becoming unstable.   Precautionary road closures have been implemented in the immediate area and engineers are currently meeting to determine the work required at the site.

There have been no injuries and there have been no evacuations of any residential property in the area.

It is likely that current road closures will remain in place into the morning while works continue.  We are currently meeting with engineers and have made arrangements should there be a decision to increase the cordon around the crane. 

Update @ 17:00

Contractors are working to keep the crane safe.  Current closures are likely to remain until tomorrow (Friday) lunchtime whilst work continues on the crane. 

Further decisions will be made after 18:00 this evening on whether there are likely to be any further closures in the area.

Update @ 15:10

Specialist contractors are currently discussing options for making the crane safe.  This may include dismantling the crane.  Road closures and disruption to transport is likely to continue into the rush hour.

As soon as we have more information we will update this page.

Update @ 14:35

We have no updates to the information below.  We are waiting to hear the outcome of a meeting between all emergency services and will issue an update shortly.

Update @ 13:35

We are still liaising with emergency services.  We understand the crane may need to be dismantled and closures in the area may remain into the afternoon. 

For information on bus stop closures/bus diversions, go to the National Express website:

The Bullring and all car parks are open as normal.

Update @ 12:45


Emergency Services have closed roads around Moor Street in Birmingham City Centre due to an unsafe crane.

We believe the following roads have been closed for safety reasons.  Park Street, Moor Street, Fazeley Street, New Bartholomew Street, New Canal Street.

Specialist staff are at the scene assessing the situation and we will update this message when we know more information about the likely duration of any closures.  Expect some disruption to travel, including public transport, in this area.

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