Website launched for tunnels closure

By on 22/04/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

A new website has been launched to help Birmingham residents, businesses and visitors plan ahead for the closures of the A38 tunnels through the city centre this summer.

http://www.amey.co.uk/brumtunnels.aspx offers visitors to the site an overview of the works that are being carried out as well as advice on suggested routes and alternative transport into the city centre.

The St Chad's and Queensway tunnels will be completely closed to all traffic from 19 July to 2 September while essential refurbishment is carried out. The closure will be preceded by four weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to two weeks of similar overnight closures.

Amey, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has launched the website which will be updated regularly with a blog from the team behind the construction work and with the latest news from public transport providers and key organisations in the city.

The site aims to encourage people who work in the city centre or who visit to consider how they will travel during the six week closure period, with train, bus and cycling all being viable alternatives to driving.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development jobs and skills, said: “We hope that, by giving people plenty of notice ahead of the closures, we might encourage them out of their cars and onto other forms of transport.”

“We want people to have the opportunity to consider what their alternatives to driving are and perhaps try them out ahead of the six-week closure period.”

John Sunderland, Business Director at Amey, said: “The work we will be carrying out in these 40-year-old tunnels is essential in order to maintain them for the future of the city.”

“However, we are aware that the closures will have an impact which is why we are working closely with transport operators, business representatives and other organisations in the city to minimise any disruption.”

“This website is just one of the many tools that we will be using in order to keep people updated and to help people plan ahead and consider their travel plans while the work is carried out.”

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. The service began in 2010.

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Notes to Editors

•    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 services provider with more than 11,000 staff. The company works across three main markets - transport, social and environmental infrastructure, all supported by our award-winning consultancy services.
•    Amey delivers services in the highways, roads, schools, waste, rail, fleet solutions, workspace, street lighting, commercial, housing and aviation sectors. By offering a complete life-cycle solution for services, we maximise efficiencies for our customers.

For more information contact Lara Thorns on 07843368954, email lara.thorns@amey.co.uk  or Deborah Yewdall on 07801 988026, email deborah.yewdall@amey.co.uk

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