People planning a fantastic weekend in Birmingham are being reminded to plan ahead for their visit.
The eyes of the world will be on the city this weekend as the Rugby World Cup comes to town in the form of South Africa, Australia, Samoa and Uruguay at Villa Park.
The new light and airy New Street station has just opened, along with Grand Central, which will combine with arts and entertainment to complete a truly Super September.
Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It is a great chance to see the city and its people at their finest and we want everyone coming to the city to have a great time and feel really welcome. There will be plenty of first-time visitors and I know they will have a wonderful Brummie welcome and be eager to come back. And we have taken our More Birmingham campaign to London, Manchester and Liverpool so I hope to welcome visitors from those cities.
“We also want everyone who lives and works in the city to be able to go about their usual business without too much inconvenience.
“To this end we have been working with a whole range of partners to ensure we have a co-ordinated response to the challenges of keeping the city moving and making sure everyone has a great time in the city.
“So there’s plenty to get excited about, but it is going to be busy so please plan ahead and consider how you are going to get into the city.
“We are well-served by public transport so it is worth thinking about taking the bus or train if you usually drive – especially as there are some great deals being offered. Walking or cycling is a healthy option, and we have designated walking routes to and from venues that will take pedestrians safely and easily around the Paradise works in the city centre.”
The latest transport intelligence we have is that we can expect very heavy demand on city centre car parking – particularly on Saturday morning when some locations may reach capacity.
We have put extra resources in place to monitor and respond to changing situations and will make use of variable messaging signs, social media alerts and updates through local media to inform motorists of the status of the road network and car parks.
There will also be more trains, buses and trams serving the city over the weekend. National Express has reduced its family day saver from £8 to £5 for the weekend.
Extra Metro trams running this weekend see:
Plan Weekender travel by bus, train and tram at:
Unlimited travel for friends and families for a fiver a day this weekend see:
Bargain bus fares for Brum families this weekend see:
Bargain bus fares for groups of mates this weekend see:
Birmingham’s big weekend – allow extra time to travel see: