Birmingham Olympic celebrations 30 June – public information

By on 30/06/2012 in News

Coca Cola Concert:

Gates open for the concert at Cannon Hill Park at 1.30pm
Last admission into Cannon Hill Park is at 6.30pm
Concert will finish at 21.19
There will be no pass outs once inside the venue
There will be no food or drink allowed into the venue.
Please note that the concert is a ticket only event, people will need to check that their ticket is valid.
Please bring appropriate clothing; please check local TV and radio beforehand for weather updates. Due to recent rainfall it is advisable to wear sensible and sturdy footwear to the event.
Free car parking is available at Edgbaston Cricket Ground (1000 spaces) and Calthorpe Park, Pershore Road (400 spaces), both will be AA signposted.
A limited number of tickets have been made available for the concert and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/birminghamcitycelebrations or by visiting the box office at Cannon Hill Park between 9am - 11am on Saturday 30 June.

Torchbearer Route:

When viewing the torch relay, please take advice from stewards on site. Do not encroach into the roads
30th June
The Olympic Torch will arrive in Birmingham on Saturday 30th June 2012, at approximately 18:52 arriving from Sandwell via A4902 Cape Hill, across the border of the city onto Dudley road (A457). It will then begin its journey along Dudley Road, Spring Hill, Sandpits, Parade, Paradise Queensway, Bristol Road, Edgbaston Road and into Cannon Hill Park at around 20:00 hrs.
Where the cauldron will be lit on stage at the Coca Cola celebration concert.
1st July
At 5.45am The Lord Mayor will prepare to say farwell to the torch on its route out of the city via Colmore Row, Bull Street, High Street, Bullring (convoy by road divert) runner through middle of Bullring and Spiceal Street, onto the top of Digbeth High Street, down through Digbeth High Street, Deritend, Camphill and onto Stratford Road (A34) straight through to Robin Hood Island and onto Solihull Lane B4025.

Road restrictions:

There will be road restrictions and closures throughout the Torch route as it passes through the city but every effort to minimise disruption has been made.
1 – Along Torch Relay Route on 30 June
Torch enters Birmingham from Cape Hill Sandwell at approximately 6.49pm and travels along Dudley Road, Spring Hill, Spring Hill Circus, Summer Hill Road, Sand Pits, Parade, Paradise Circus Queensway, Suffolk Street Queensway, Holloway Circus Queensway, Horse Fair, Bristol Street, Bristol Road, Priory Road and Edgbaston Road entering Cannon Hill Park at Queens Ride at approximately 7.55pm.
Along this route stopping will be prohibited on the nearside only from 10am-8pm on Saturday 30 June. Up to the junction of Bristol Road / Priory Road traffic will be managed by Police Rolling Road closure. After that road closures will apply (see item 2 below.)
Note. No waiting cones will be placed out overnight Friday to Saturday
2 – Road closures/ no stopping around Cannon Hill Park
There will be a four stage plan:
stage 1 residential streets closed except for residents access 10am – 9pm Residents passes being managed by events. No stopping sections of Pershore Road, Edgbaston Road, Salisbury Road and Willows Road.
stage 2 closure Edgbaston Road (Willows Road to Pershore Road) Local diversion in operation 6pm-8.30pm
stage 3 closure Priory Road (Bristol Road to Pershore Road) 6pm - 8.30pm Local diversion in operation
stage 4 traffic on Pershore Road both directions to be held at the Priory Road / Edgbaston Road
junction for a few minutes at approximately 7.51 to allow the Torch Relay to passes along Priory Road / Edgbaston Road.
3 – Along Torch relay route 1 July
Torch leaves Victoria Square at 6.03am and travels via Colmore Row, Bull Street, High Street, Bullring, Edgbaston Street, St Martin’s Lane, Digbeth, High Street Deritend, High Street Bordesley, Camp Hill, Camp Hill Circus, Stratford Road, Robin Hood Island, Solihull Lane to boundary with Solihull leaving Birmingham at approximately 7.30am.
Along this route stopping will be prohibited on the nearside only from 12.30am to 8am on Sunday 1 July. Note no waiting cones will be deployed on the route in residential areas between midday and 4pm on Saturday 30 June. No waiting cones will be deployed on the route in retail areas from 6pm on Saturday 30 June.
Apart from some road closures near the start traffic will be managed from Digbeth onwards by a Police rolling road closure. Closures at the start are:
(i) Colmore Row (Newhall Street – Victoria Square) and Waterloo Street next to Victoria Square 5am – 6.30am
(ii) Remaining section of Colmore Row, Bull Street, Corporation Street, High Street – 5.45am to 6.30am

Community Events:

Saturday 30th June
Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums will welcome the Torch to the city at Dudley Road, near Grove Lane Junction at 6.50pm.
Summerfield Park 12 noon - 6pm Festival of Colours
Family entertainment with sport and local food and delicacies in the park.
The Mailbox 3.30pm - 7pm Arts at the Heart
Stunning performances and 3d projections on the Mailbox by Holomedia.
Calthorpe Park (Pershore Road) 1pm - 7.30 pm Birmingham to Brazil
Salsa and samba with the hottest sounds from Rio de Janeiro.
Sunday 1st July
Victoria Square: 5.45am - 6.30am Dawn Chorus
Lord Mayor and choir
Digbeth 6am – 8am
Full Irish breakfast and céad míle fáilte (hundred thousand welcomes) will be served at the Irish Centre, Hennessey's, The Rainbow, The Anchor, and Spotted Dog.
Sparkhill Park: 5.00am - 8.30am Sunrise in Sparkhill
Music, arts and breakfast. Different cultures share friendship and faith.
Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums will say Birmingham's farewell to the Torch by Robin Hood Island at 7.30am.
Farm Park, Sparkbrook 11am - 4pm Sparkbrook Unity Games
Family Party in Farm Park. Sports activities, music, dance and carnival for everyone.

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  1. Paul Underwood says:

    What a great day. Free car parking at Edgbaston fantastic idea, thanks. One downfall, inconsistency with security at Cannon Hill Park, I am an amateur photographer, have a Canon digital slr but was stopped from taking it in because the “expert” volunteer considered it to be “professional” ok no hassle I took it back to the car. What did get me mad was seeing at least 10 other amateurs with similar looking cameras in my expert opinion. It didn’t spoil my day but capturing the whole event in pictures would have been great.

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