Travel advice issued as the Cricket World Cup makes its way to Birmingham

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Commuters are urged to plan ahead as the ICC Cricket World Cup makes its way to Birmingham this week with up to 25,000 spectators travelling to and from the ground.

Edgbaston Stadium will be hosting five matches which take place over three weeks this June and July.

Dates & Times:

  • Wed 19 June 2019 at 10:30, estimated finish time 18:00
  • Wed 26 June 2019 at 10:30, estimated finish time 18:00
  • Sun 30 June 2019 at 10:30, estimated finish time 18:00
  • Tue 2 July 2019 at 10:30, estimated finish time 18:00
  • Thu 11 July 2019 at 10:30, estimated finish time 18:00

During the event, Edgbaston Road will be closed between 9:00 – 11:00. Depending on when the match finishes there will also be road closures in the afternoon peak from 17:00 to allow spectators to make their way safely to and from the ground. As finish times can vary depending on match scores, or even weather, the evening road closures are subject to change.

Birmingham City Centre is likely to be very busy on Sunday 30th June when England plays India. Many fans who don’t have tickets are expected to travel to Birmingham to soak up the atmosphere and watch the match in local pubs so plan your journeys in advance.

Key travel advice from Network West Midlands

  • Plan ahead: the matches will affect journeys during the morning and afternoon commutes so remember to check your journey before you leave. If you usually travel through the Edgbaston area, consider finding a different route on match days.
  • Allow more time for your journey: Pershore Road which connects to the city centre is likely to be very congested. Make sure that you leave enough time to get to your destination.
  • Stick to public transport: wherever possible and if you do need to drive, consider car sharing.

Travel advice for local residents

Driving

There will be road closures on Edgbaston Road between 9:00 – 11:00. Depending on when the match finishes there will also be road closures in the afternoon peak, likely to be between 17:00 – 19:00. Finish times can differ depending on match scores or even weather so please the road closures may vary. To stay up to date with road closures keep on @networkwm on Twitter for the latest alerts.

Reducing non-essential car journeys through the Edgbaston area will help keep reduce congestion. Switching to public transport on match days will help reduce congestion in the area.

Travelling by train

Edgbaston will be very busy on match days so the train may be the best way to travel. The South Cross City line provides easy access to the city centre from Longbridge, Northfield, Selly Oak, Bournville.

If you are travelling to these train stations via car, some of these stations have free Park and Ride spaces available although but they do get full quickly so you will need to arrive early. Please note Longbridge Park and Ride is closed for improvements.

Plan your journey in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk

Travelling by bus

On match days the 45 and 47 buses that connect Edgbaston Stadium and Birmingham city centre will be running as normal. However, Pershore road and surrounding areas will be busier than normal.

Due to the road closures on Edgbaston Road, the number 1 bus will be diverted. If travelling down these routes, expect delays and leave more time for your journey.
For more information on the local buses, please check out the Network West Midlands Journey Planner at www.networkwestmidlands.com/plan-your-journey/journey-planner

Travelling by metro

There will be no impact to the metro service on match days, although it may be busier than normal as people make their way to and from Edgbaston Stadium.
Plan your journey in advance.

Travel advice for spectators

Getting into Birmingham city centre

Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations are approximately 2 miles from the stadium. To get you to Edgbaston in time for the match, National Express will be running a special 501 Edgbaston shuttle service departing from Smallbrook Queensway. There will be marshals in and around New Street Station to help guide you to the stop. You can buy tickets in advance or from the driver. If you are buying them on the day please have the correct change, return fares are £5 for an adult and £3.50 for a child.

Please note on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June there will be a reduced rail service between London Euston and Birmingham New Street due to engineering works. Services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street are due to run as planned so this route could be a good alternative for your journey, please plan your journey in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk

For those attending the match on Sunday 30 June 2019, a normal Sunday service will be in place on local bus services.

Driving & parking

There will be road closures on Edgbaston Road between 9:00 – 11:00. Depending on when the match finishes there will also be road closures in the afternoon peak, likely to be between 17:00 – 19:00. Finish times can differ depending on match scores or even weather so the road closures may vary. To stay up to date with road closures keep an eye on @networkwm on Twitter.

Five Ways underpass is closed from Monday 3rd June until 2021 which will affect journeys coming into the West of Birmingham. There are also improvement works affecting journey times on the M42, Junction 3 and M5 Junctions 1 and 2. Delays are expected on all routes so please use a SatNav or Google Maps to avoid these areas wherever possible and leave plenty of time for your journeys.

Please note that parking must be booked in advance. The streets surrounding the stadium are for residents and permit holders only, cars parked without a permit may be removed.

More travel information

For up to the minute travel information and help planning your journey on the day, please follow us on Twitter @networkwm or check with your operators below:

National Express: nxbus.co.uk or @nxwestmidlands
Diamond: diamondbuses.com/west-midlands or @diamondbuses
National Rail nationalrail.co.uk or @nationalrailenq
Metro: westmidlandsmetro.com or @wmmetro

For event updates visit: www.cricketworldcup.com