Overnight closures mark start of tunnels work

By on 03/07/2014 in Cllr Ali, News

The A38 tunnels through Birmingham city centre will be closed from 10pm until 6am every night for the next two weeks from tomorrow (Friday 4th July) as the second phase of essential refurbishment work gets underway.

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

The overnight closures precede the main block of works which will see the St Chad's and Queensway tunnels completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday 18 July until 6am on Monday 1 September.

Motorists who commute into the city centre are being urged to leave their cars at home during the summer closures and use public transport or another sustainable travel option.

Over 200,000 additional journeys were made by public transport during a similar set of closures in 2013, but current figures from a survey being carried out by Birmingham City Councils highways partner Amey suggest the numbers heeding the advice may be much lower this year.  (Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/brumtunnels2014)

Less than half of those surveyed so far who made the switch last year have said they will do the same again and get out of their cars this summer.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, is urging people to plan ahead. He said: “There is a lot of advice out there and plenty of alternative options for people travelling into the city over the summer. By using public transport or planning alternative routes in advance, people can continue to enjoy everything the city has to offer without the risk of traffic disruption.”

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.

More information on this year's closures and advice for visitors to the city can be found at www.brumtunnels.co.uk.
Notes to Editors
• Public transport operators have released a range of special offers and tickets to help commuters make the switch to public transport during the summer 2014 tunnels closures. This includes:

o Public transport authority Centro are offering the nBus Tunnel Special which will cost £90 and will cover all bus travel throughout the region during the closure period, and the nNetwork Tunnel Special will cost £150 and will cover all bus, tram and rail travel. www.networkwestmidlands.com

o National Express West Midlands are offering a ‘Tunnel Special Ticket’ for £80. The ticket will be able to be used all day on all NX buses across the West Midlands.  www.nxbus.co.uk/brumtunnels

o Virgin Trains have Park and Ride offers available from their stations in Coventry, Wolverhampton and at Birmingham International. www.virgintrains.co.uk/brumtunnels
• 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 07843 368954, email lara.thorns@amey.co.uk

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