St Patrick’s Day: Road closures and wheel clampers

By on 11/03/2011 in News

With the return of one of the UK's largest St Patrick's Day Parades on Sunday 13 March at noon, roads around Digbeth will be closed for the day to make way for marching bands, dancers, floats, vintage motorbikes and classic cars.

Digbeth High Street will be closed from Camp Hill roundabout to the Bullring from 6am, and surrounding roads will also be closed for the day.  Local residents have been informed of road closures, but visitors are asked to be aware of barriers and diversions in operation.

Most roads will re-open at 4.30pm, although Cheapside and Lombard Street will remain closed until 7pm and part of Bradford Street will remain closed until 8pm.  Visitors to this year's parade are asked to use public transport wherever possible to ease congestion, or to use car parks well outside of the exclusion zone.  

Wheel Clampers operate on private land in the Digbeth area and there are many sites where parking is prohibited.  Visitors are asked to look out for signs warning of wheel clamping and vehicle towing as they may be high up or obscured.  There is no such thing as a free parking space in the City Centre.

West Midlands Police have also advised that they will be on hand to ensure the parade goes off without a hitch.  They will be enforcing the alcohol exclusion zone in the area for the duration of the parade and subsequent celebrations, and have advised that people bringing their own alcohol onto the site will have it confiscated.

The parade and seven day festival are organised by the Birmingham St Patrick's Festival Committee, with support from Birmingham City Council, Lebara Mobile and other sponsors.  For more information call 0121 565 1049 or go to


Media contacts:
Debbie Harrison (for BCC) 0121 303 4476     

Andrew Riley (for St Patrick's Festival committee) 0121 631 6101 or 07968 790 661

Carmel Girling (for BCC) at the  Parade  on 07766 923 352        

Notes to Editor:

Notes to Editor:

1        Media accreditation - any media wishing to attend the event should register with Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 and collect their passes from Andrew Riley between 10am and 11.30am on Birmingham City Council's bus.

2        Road Closures are as follows:

6am - 4.30pm
Upper Dean Street at Pershore Street and at Moat Lane
Bradford Street at Barford Street
Rea Street at Bradford Street
Alcester Road and Moseley Road at Cheapside
Broom Street at Ravenhurst Street
Camp Hill at Camphill Circus
Bradford Street at Camp Hill
Camp Hill at Old Camp Hill
Clyde Street at Digbeth High Street
Coventry Road at Upper Trinity Street and at Bedford Street
Adderley Street and Heath Mill Lane at Upper Trinity Street
Floodgate Street and Milk Street at Moore's Row
Oxford Street, Allison Street and Meridan Street at Coventry Street
Digbeth opposite Bull Ring car park
Park Street at Moor Street
Floodgate Street at Digbeth

6am - 7pm
Cheapside at Rea Street and at Alcester Street
Gibb Street at Digbeth

6am - 8pm
Bradford Street at Rea Street
Lombard Street and Birchall Street at Moseley Street
Bradford Street and Green Street at Alcester Street
Chapel House Lane, Stone Yard and Floodgate Street at Digbeth
3        Wheel clamping
If you are going to park in a private Pay & Display car park, make sure you:
– Pay for sufficient time to cover your visit.
– Display your ticket clearly in your windscreen, the correct way up, so that it can be read.
– Park within the marked bay.
– Do not park in spaces marked as ‘Reserved’.
– Do not park in spaces designated for the disabled, unless you have a valid blue badge clearly on display.
– Check the terms and conditions carefully on the signs.

If you find that your vehicle has been clamped or towed away, contact West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000.  A team of Officers from West Midlands Police and Birmingham Trading Standards will be patrolling the area at certain times during the event to assist motorists.  Alternatively, contact Birmingham Trading Standards on 0121 303 6031 on Monday morning for advice.

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