Velo Birmingham

Road Closure FAQs

What is Vélo Birmingham?

On Sunday 24th September 2017, the West Midlands will play host to a major new 100 mile closed road cycling event –Vélo Birmingham.

Vélo Birmingham’s completely closed road 100 mile route will take charity fundraisers and cyclists of all abilities on a journey from the heart of Birmingham City Centre through Dudley, Sandwell, Staffordshire and Worcestershire before returning to Birmingham City Centre where cyclists will cross the finish line. Many will be fundraising at the event, and it is predicted that over £2 million will be raised for good causes including official charity partners Cure Leukaemia, NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Due to the scale and numbers participating in Vélo Birmingham, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full route to facilitate the safe passage of the participants and ensure the safety of local residents and businesses; this could impact your travel arrangements on that day.

The route has been carefully considered and selected through a partnership of all local authorities, emergency services and transport operators to minimise the inconveniences of the necessary road closures. Emergency Services will be operating as usual and the public should use normal protocol in the case of an emergency.

Why will the roads be closed?

Due to the 15,000 participants taking part and the mix of cycling abilities, full road closures are required to deliver a safe event. Road closures will be implemented as late as it is safe to do so and removed as soon as possible to reduce their impact on Sunday 24th September.

A full list of road closures, including timings, can be viewed here.

Which roads will be closed?

All roads used as part of the route for Vélo Birmingham will be closed for the event. Vehicles will not be permitted to cross the route while the road closures are in place but local access will be maintained for as long as possible in advance of cyclists arriving in the area.

All road closure information, including timings, can be viewed here.

What are the timings of the road closures?

On Sunday September 24, road closures will begin to be installed from 05:00 across Birmingham with the exception of a small section of Hagley Road between Monument Road and the Five Ways Roundabout which will close at 00:00.

From 06:00 road closures will be put in place across Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Sandwell and Dudley.

Roads will begin to re-open systematically from 11:00 as the event progresses along the 100 mile course. Please note that road closure lengths will differ depending on the location of the route.

A full list of road closures, including timings, can be viewed here.

What are the impacts on local businesses and residents?

Unfortunately there will be some disruption caused by the road closures but, by planning ahead and looking for alternative routes, the impact on affected residents and businesses can be minimised. While the roads are closed, residents will not be able to drive through barriers or road closures.

Details, including maps of areas affected by road closures and parking suspensions, have been distributed via letter in March and August to every household and business on the route. You can view the timings of the road closures and overpasses and underpasses across the route for your local area by clicking here.

Do all cars need to be removed from the route ahead of the event?

It is a requirement for the event route to be completely vehicle-free, therefore please note that parking may be suspended along the routes and on some adjacent roads. Check local signs closer to the event to see when and where the suspensions will apply.

If you do not have off-road parking it is suggested that you make alternative plans to park your vehicle in adjacent roads that are not affected by the event. Any cars parked on the route after the parking restrictions have been implemented will be removed.

Advance notice will be given in the form of council approved signage.

Can I still walk around the area and cross over the route on foot?

Yes, all pedestrian access is maintained. Local residents and spectators in the area are advised to take care when crossing the road and speak to a marshal for the nearest crossing point if they are concerned.

How will emergency services get to my property if needed?

We have been working with the Police, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue services to ensure that they can access anywhere around the route in case of an emergency without delay. All of the emergency services have been fully engaged throughout the event planning process, and will be in contact with us throughout the day via the event Control Room.

Emergency Services will be operating as usual and the public should use normal protocol by calling 999 in the case of an emergency.

If you have an emergency access requirement, please call us on 020 7593 5248. This is for urgent emergency access only. For other access, please plan your route using the information on the road closure page.

Will public transport still be operating?

Some bus services will be diverted or suspended due to the road closures and may not operate their full route. Network West Midlands has created a comprehensive guide with information from all bus operators. This handy travel advice will help keep you moving on the day. Visit Network West Midlands for further details.

I've got concerns. Who can I speak to?

If you have an emergency access requirement, please call us on 020 7593 5248. This is for urgent emergency access only. For other access, please plan your route using the information on the road closure page.