Tunnels to reopen on schedule

The tunnels in Birmingham city centre have closed for highway maintenance until 2nd September. People who work in the city centre or who visit Birmingham are being urged to consider public transport during this time.

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Tunnels reopening on time and in budget

Workers on the St Chad's and Queensway tunnels have confirmed that they will reopen as scheduled and in budget.

The tunnels have been closed for maintenance and upgrades since mid-July, and are due to reopen on September 2.

Hundreds have worked around the clock to deliver the upgrades Credit: ITV News Central

The closures were necessary to bring the 40-year-old tunnels up to government standards with key upgrades including new fireproofing, safety gates and led lighting.

New fireproofing, just one of the improvements made in the tunnels Credit: ITV News Central

At the outset of the project, concerns were voiced by some road users that the tunnel closures would cause traffic chaos. In fact, the minor changes made to traffic controls during the closures have been so effective that some are going to be left in place after the tunnels reopen.

Birmingham tunnels to reopen on schedule

Workers on the Birmingham tunnels have confirmed that the project is due to end on time and in budget.

Many motorists had feared major traffic disruption throughout the city while the works were underway.

The tunnels have been closed since the 19th of July Credit: ITV Central

However, changes on the network including new pedestrian crossings and altered timing on lights have allowed the work to carry on with minimal disruption to commuters, travellers and tourists.

The Queensway and St Chad tunnels have been shut throughout the summer holidays for essential maintenance. It has been confirmed they will open next Monday as planned.

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Full report: How commuters coped with the closure of the Birmingham Tunnels

There has been anger today from commuters stuck in traffic after the main Birmingham road tunnels were closed for repairs.

Motorists complained that buses were being given priority, causing jams.

Those behind the six-week-long scheme say buses are the best way to get people through the city and they want drivers to switch to public transport if possible.

Birmingham commuters say traffic was a 'nightmare'

Commuters in Birmingham city centre today said the traffic was a "nightmare" this morning.

The A38 tunnels leading into the city have been closed for maintenance work until September.

Cars were diverted away from Broad Street leading to heavy queues of traffic.

One driver told ITV News Central: "I think in this city we're very badly served by the engineers and the traffic planners."

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