As the first phase of the redevelopment of Paradise in the heart of Birmingham city centre is now well under way, we wish to take this opportunity to provide an update on progress with particular regard to traffic and transport changes.
To facilitate demolition works on site, a series of temporary road and access changes has been introduced following a schedule designed to minimise impact on the life of the city. To date the following changes have been introduced:
5 Jan – Bus Diversions in place on routes 82,83, 87, and 89 via Newhall Street and Newhall Hill;
10 Jan – Summer Row temporary restrictions to ALL vehicles between Lionel Street and Great Charles Street. Diversion route in place and signed;
10 Jan – Parking restrictions on Summer Row with bays suspended;
17 Jan – Out of city at Parade/Sand Pits closed to all vehicles. Diversions via Cambridge Street. Into city Parade/Sand Pits remains open but with reduced lanes; and
17 Jan – Temporary overnight traffic closures with diversions on Broad Street/Bridge Street/Holliday Street with lane restrictions into city from Bridge Street.
From the evening of Saturday 31 January, they will introduce further restrictions. These affect Broad Street which will be closed to inbound private vehicles from Bridge Street to Paradise Circus. The route will remain open to buses and hackney carriages only.
In addition to the originally planned changes, further measures have become necessary. These affect Summer Row and will enable safe pedestrian access to be maintained while work is carried out on high voltage underground power cables. From Monday 9th February for a period of 12 weeks, the section of Summer Row between Lionel Street and Fleet Street will be subject to short-term intermittent closures.
The next eight weeks will be a period of relative stability with no additional planned traffic measures resulting from the Paradise programme. Should this situation change they will provide updates via the webpage and social media channels, or with additional communications as necessary.
The council are continuing to analyse how the next phase of Paradise road works will be delivered later this year. This could include block closures to complete the works faster and minimise impact upon the life of the city.
Full details of all Paradise traffic measures and other works taking place as part of the transformational Birmingham Connected programme are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected