As work on the Birmingham Westside extension of the West Midlands Metro continues at a pace it has been confirmed that the Five Ways underpass will be closed to all traffic from Monday 3rd June until 2021 – the year that services to Edgbaston are due to commence. This is all part of the second phase of this route with phase one between Grand Central and Centenary Square due to open at the end of this year.
Once Five Ways underpass closes there will also be vehicle restrictions along sections of Broad Street as construction also gets underway here. However, throughout the construction period Five Ways roundabout will remain open in all directions. Despite this people are advised that both roads and public transport will be busier than normal and the advice is to plan ahead and leave more time for journeys.
Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The expansion of the Metro and early Sprint works along the Hagley Road corridor will make it easier for those living, working and travelling in Birmingham to get around. Whilst works across the city are ongoing, it is important for people to plan ahead, consider using public transport or changing their journeys wherever possible.”
The Birmingham Westside extension will eventually run between Grand Centre and Edgbaston with new stops built at Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road.
Phil Hewitt, Director of West Midlands Metro, commented: “When this route is open to passengers, thousands of people from Birmingham and the Black Country will have better access to the entertainment, hospitality and job opportunities offered in Brindleyplace and Broad Street. It will also help to reduce congestion along Hagley Road, providing commuters easier access into the city centre and beyond. We made a commitment last year to better coordinate road works and infrastructure projects with our partners, so as the Metro is extended people will also notice other work taking place, such as early investigations for Sprint.”