Birmingham Tunnels reopen after six week closure

Birmingham's A38 tunnels have reopened today after six weeks of work to upgrade them. Overnight closures will remain for the remainder of September.

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The A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels in Birmingham have reopened after being shut for six weeks for refurbishments.

The cones were removed earlier this morning and the tunnels are now back in business.

Overnight closures will remain in place for the rest of the month.

Kevin Hicks, Birmingham City Council, has thanked the public for their cooperation.

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Birmingham Tunnels: What's changed?

A38 tunnels will reopen this morning in Birmingham after six weeks Credit: ITV News Central

Over the course of the last six weeks the A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels have been closed for maintenance in Birmingham City Centre. But what's changed? Here's the full list of what work has been completed.

  • 25 jet fans connected to an air quality monitoring system installed.
  • 27 PA speakers have been installed.
  • 21 CCTV cameras installed.
  • 32 vehicle detection cameras installed.
  • 48 emergency phones have been installed.
  • 4 digital variable message signs put in to place.
  • Over 160 emergency way-finder signs installed.
  • 7 controlled evacuation doors added.
  • Over 40 miles of electrical cabling installed to run new systems.

The tunnels reopened this morning, though overnight closures will still be in force for the rest of the month.

Birmingham tunnels reopen this morning

Birmingham's A38 tunnels reopened shortly after 3am this morning after six weeks of work to improve them.

A38 tunnels have been closed for maintenance for six weeks. Credit: Birmingham City Council

Overnight closures from 10pm to 6am will remain in place for the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels for the remainder of the month while tests are carried out on the work completed.

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