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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.

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