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Birmingham city centre tunnels reopen

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.

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Birmingham tunnels to be reopened this morning

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 tunnels are due to reopen this morning Credit: ITV News Central

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.

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Birmingham tunnel closures: alternative routes

Advice is to use public transport, but if travelling into Birmingham by car during the closures, there are a number of suggested routes which will avoid the tunnels.

  • If you would normally enter the city via the M6 junction 6 / A38 Aston Expressway, the suggestion is to use an alternative motorway junction and then the A4540 ring road to get into the city centre.

Birmingham tunnel closures: one month to go

Tunnel closures advice event today Credit: ITV News Central

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.

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