The St. Chad's and Queensway tunnels in Birmingham city centre have reopened.
They have been closed for the past six weeks for maintenance work and the closure was timed to fit in with the long school holidays.
Structural changes were needed to bring the tunnels up to EU safety standards, but engineers also took the chance to make some cosmetic alterations which were enthusiastically received by the first few drivers to pass through this morning.
Callum Watkinson reports.
Eddie Fellows from Amey UK spoke with ITV News Central this morning explaining the work that still needs to be carried out in the tunnels and the closures that will be in place next summer.
The Birmingham tunnels reopen today after nearly two months of closures.
The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels are to be reopened this morning after six weeks of closure.
Work has been carried out to upgrade the tunnels, including new fireproofing, safety gates, LED lighting and a new road surface.
The project will finish on time and under budget, and did not cause as much disruption to traffic as some initially feared.
It has been reported that many of the measures taken to improve traffic flow throughout the closures will also continue to operate after the reopening.
- Plan your route into the city in advance
- Be aware of the closures when using Sat Nav. The route generated might not be the best to get to your destination.
- Avoid travelling at peak times of day if possible.
- Leave plenty of time for your journey
- Consider using public transport.
It's a month to go until Birmingham's tunnels will close for six weeks so major road works can take place.
The St.Chad's and Queensway tunnels will close from July 19 to September 2 for round the clock maintenance.
A public information event is being held in Victoria Square today to advise people on alternative transport options for this summer’s A38 tunnel closures.