Access to a section of Broad Street in Birmingham’s city centre is to remain limited to buses, Hackney carriages and cyclists.
The junction of Paradise Circus Queensway and Broad Street has been closed to private cars heading out of Birmingham city centre since November 2015 to enable work supporting the Paradise redevelopment programme, while inbound access has been restricted since January 2015.
Developers are due to hand back control of the junction to Birmingham City Council from October 30, but due to utility works for the Metro extension being brought forward to January, the city council has decided that current restrictions on the section of Broad Street from Queensway to Bridge Street will remain in place for now.
Councillor Stewart Stacey, cabinet member for transport and roads at Birmingham City Council, said:
“We had intended re-opening this section of Broad Street to all traffic leaving the city but with new information about the timescale for the programme to construct the Metro tram extension from the city centre to Centenary Square, it makes much more sense to continue the existing access restrictions, allowing the Metro Alliance to crack on with the advance utility works.
“We are also anticipating very high volumes of pedestrians using Broad Street over the festive period to get to some of the city’s most popular Christmas attractions including the craft market, outdoor ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square. Inbound traffic is already restricted so extending this to the outbound lane should help make managing the crowds safer and easier.”
Private car drivers should follow existing diversion routes or consider using public transport.
Further details are available here.