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Major tunnels in Birmingham to close for six weeks

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Two major traffic arteries in Birmingham, the St. Chad's and Queensway tunnels,

are to close for six weeks – day and night – for maintenance.

“It’s essential work and we can’t do it without any disruption at all," says Eddie Fellows from Amey PLC.

"I think the most noticeable thing will be the new lighting – we’re putting LED lighting through both tunnels – so they’ll be nice and bright and a crisper light. We'll also re-paint both tunnels so they will look refreshed”.

But it’s much more than a facelift – major structural changes are needed. Arches between the carriageways will be filled in, in order to meet current safety standards.

The tunnels will close at night in late June ahead of six weeks of round the clock closures from July 19, to coincide with the long school holidays.

The council is urging commuters to think about alternative transport.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Development, Tahir Ali Credit: ITV News Central

“If they can think of alternative means of travel – be it the trains, buses, or cycling, it would help," says Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Development.

"It's an opportunity for people to try new ways of getting in. Even if they could consider walking to work it might be useful.”

There are no extra transport services being laid on.

“It’s making use of what is there. We will be monitoring the situation closely and extra services will be provided if needed," added Mr Ali.

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