Working together for a resilient Birmingham. website relaunched

A website to help Birmingham residents, businesses and visitors plan ahead of this summer’s A38 tunnels closures has been re-launched, with even more information and advice for those travelling into the city. 

The second phase of the essential refurbishment of the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels means the route, which carries up to 85,000 vehicles a day, will be completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday 18 July 2014 until 6am on Monday 1 September 2014.

The full 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 website,,  includes information on public and sustainable transport options, links to journey planners, downloadable resources including posters, leaflets and maps, advice for when driving is unavoidable and even discount offers on attractions to those traveling on public transport.

Last year’s closures saw over 200,000 additional journeys made by public transport and Amey, the company carrying out the works in partnership with Birmingham City Council, are warning that similar numbers will need to follow the advice again this year to ensure traffic is kept moving.

The website will also be regularly updated with the latest news, photos and travel offers, including special bus and rail ‘tunnels tickets’, up to and throughout the closures.

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said:

“The success of last year’s closures was down to the large number of people following travel advice and planning ahead.

“By working with the public transport operators and businesses in the city to provide guidance and information well in advance of this year’s closures, we hope to once again encourage people out of their cars and onto other forms of transport.”

Eddie Fellows, Highways Network Manager at Amey, said:

“The brumtunnels website is just one of the many tools that we will be using to help people plan ahead for the closures.

“As well as offering travel advice, we will also use the site to keep people updated on progress while we complete this final phase of the essential refurbishment to the tunnels.”

This year’s works will complete the upgrade to the tunnels – renewing the ventilation system, installing new security and communications systems, replacing electrical systems and refurbishing pumping stations and plant rooms.

To find out more about this summer’s A38 tunnels closures, visit  

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