Brumtunnels.co.uk website re-launched

By on 02/04/2014 in Cllr Ali, News

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. 

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

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 until 6am on Monday 1 September.

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, www.brumtunnels.co.uk,  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 www.brumtunnels.co.uk.  
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Notes to Editors

• The A38 tunnels through Birmingham underwent the first phase of their refurbishment in summer 2013 when works included structural modifications, upgrading fire protection, and improving the lighting and general appearance. The refurbishment project is the first to take place in the tunnels which are over 40-years old.

• The second phase of the works includes:

o Upgrading the ventilation system, removing 8 existing fans and replacing them with 25 modern jet fans.
o Installing and connecting approximately 27 PA speakers, 21 CCTV cameras, 32 vehicle detection cameras, 48 emergency phones, 4 digital variable message signs, 162 emergency signs, 7 evacuation doors, over 40 miles of electrical cabling and all the panels needed to run the new systems.
o Refurbishment of the pumping stations and plant rooms including new fire suppression, ventilation and lighting systems.

• The work in the tunnels is an important part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service, run by Amey and Birmingham City Council, which will see the roads across the city brought up to an agreed standard, and then maintained, over the course of the 25-year contract.

• In 2010, Amey won the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service contract to manage and maintain the city's roads over the next 25 years. The contract will see a huge investment into the city's road network and Amey is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver the contract. The works include refurbishment and improvement of the city's roads, footways, bridges, tunnels, street lighting and traffic control systems. 

• Amey is a leading UK public and regulated services provider with over 21,000 employees.

• Amey operates over 320 contracts, providing an unrivalled range of services including utilities, highways, waste management, rail, justice solutions, social housing and facilities management. Services are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer stand-alone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients.

For more information, contact Lara Thorns on 07843368954, email lara.thorns@amey.co.uk

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