The major traffic restrictions around the Paradise construction site, a major traffic thoroughfare through the centre of Birmingham City, are about to be relaxed in a major way, reopening Broad Street to traffic from the city.
Article by Geoff Caine
As well as the opening of the Sandpits Road leading to the A38 around Paradise, Broad Street will be re-opened to traffic from the city to the west on Sunday 23 October.
Details are given below.
But having read them it’s maybe opportune for us to develop our route strategy over the next couple of weeks. How car users will react – is up for debate and mostly guesswork.
How many drivers will revert to using Broad Street? To do so would likely add to the previous rush hour gridlock again for out of city traffic especially if the buses are re-routed along there rather than the recent Jewellery Quarter diversion.
How many like me will retain the routes they developed after the Paradise Circus/Broad Street closure on 15 November 2015 and see what happens for a week or two. Could it be that the retention of these routes by some and the reversion back to Broad Street by others will reduce the traffic delays on both routes to the advantage of all? I think it’s worth our serious consideration and so, I think, will be by the city council traffic planners.
And so what are the changes?
Motoring from the west side of Birmingham (Black Country, Smethwick, etc) you will from Sunday 23 October be able to drive up Sandpits to access the A38 both to the north-east (Great Charles Street and the Aston Expressway) and to the south-west (Bristol Street).
Also of note is that Broad Street can be entered from Paradise Circus by all traffic – buses, taxis, cars, commercial vehicles, etc – this is true whatever the direction of travel. This will be achieved by new traffic lights at the junction pf Broad Street and Paradise Circus. So, all traffic can now travel along Broad Street in a westerly direction up to Five Ways. But see comment below from Geoff Caine.
Traffic travelling eastwards along Broad Street towards the city centre will not be able to go past Bridge Street where the Hyatt Hotel is situated and so Paradise Circus cannot be entered by such traffic. The exception to this is buses and taxis.
How this will affect bus routes, currently diverted via the Jewellery Quarter and Sheepcote Street, is not clear from the map.
Meanwhile below is the new access map of the area issued by Paradisebirmingham.co.uk.