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Villa fans reminded of tunnel closures this summer
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7th Jul 2014
Villa fans reminded of tunnel closures this summer


Villa supporters are reminded that the A38 tunnels through Birmingham will once again be closed this summer for the final phase of essential refurbishment works.

The St Chad's and Queensway tunnels, which carry up to 85,000 vehicles a day, will be completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday July 18 until 6am on Monday September 1.

The full closure will be preceded by two weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to four weeks of similar overnight closures.

Last year's closures saw over 200,000 additional journeys made by public transport and Amey, the company carrying out the works in partnership with Birmingham City Council, are warning that similar numbers will need to follow the advice again this year to ensure traffic is kept moving.

A website, www.brumtunnels.co.uk, has been launched to help people visitors plan ahead of closures.

The site includes information on public and sustainable transport options, links to journey planners, downloadable resources including posters, leaflets and maps, advice for when driving is unavoidable and even discount offers on attractions to those traveling on public transport.

The website will also be regularly updated with the latest news, photos and travel offers, including special bus and rail 'tunnels tickets', up to and throughout the closures.

Villa fans are urged to plan ahead when travelling to the Parma friendly at Villa Park as well as the opening home games of the 2014-15 season against Newcastle and Hull, which may see key routes to the ground affected, such as the A38 (M) Aston Expressway.

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: "The success of last year's closures was down to the large number of people following travel advice and planning ahead.

"By working with the public transport operators and businesses in the city to provide guidance and information well in advance of this year's closures, we hope to once again encourage people out of their cars and on to other forms of transport."

Eddie Fellows, Highways Network Manager at Amey, added: "The new website is just one of the many tools that we will be using to help people plan ahead for the closures.

"As well as offering travel advice, we will also use the site to keep people updated on progress while we complete this final phase of the essential refurbishment to the tunnels."

This year's works will complete the upgrade to the tunnels - renewing the ventilation system, installing new security and communications systems, replacing electrical systems and refurbishing pumping stations and plant rooms.

To find out more about this summer's A38 tunnels closures, visit www.brumtunnels.co.uk.

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