Keep moving during the Games

The Games will shine a spotlight on Birmingham and the West Midlands, meaning over a million people from across the globe will be travelling to the region to enjoy not only the sporting events but everything else it has to offer.

We want all residents to be able to enjoy the Games events and festival sites, whilst also being able to go about their day-to-day activities.

So, whether you are on your way to work, going on a night out or taking the family out for a day trip, be aware that the road and public transport network is going to be significantly busier than usual. 

Plan your journeys ahead of time, to minimise delays and disruption before, during and after the Games and check back to this page frequently for more location specific information.

Due to planned rail industrial action, the road network will be busier than normal and the bus network will be extremely busy with demand from spectators, especially over the weekends. It is expected that roads will be particularly busy on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July, with bus services subject to additional delays and congestion.

Some rail stations will be used as park and ride sites so check before you travel. We recommend travelling locally by foot or bicycle wherever possible. The impact of any rail industrial action may vary so keep up to date with the latest changes.

Top tips to keeping moving during the Games:

  • Plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.
  • The busiest times will be just before and just after the events take place - could you plan your travel outside of these times? Find the full event schedule and session timings here.
  • Buses will continue to run through the area, however there may be changes to routes and stops. You can find information on any changes, including maps here.
  • For local journeys, avoid the traffic by walking or cycling. West Midlands Cycle Hire are offering 2 x 30 minutes free ride to everyone in the West Midlands from 27 July until 8 August and we've added loads of additional cycle parking around the region.
  • Use the road and rail network maps to see which junctions or services are likely to be busy on which days and at which times.
  • If you live close to a road event, be aware that road closures and diversions will be in place on these days. More information can be found here.
  • Follow @GetSet2022 on Twitter for the latest updates.
  • Keep up to date with the national rail industrial action to understand how it may impact on your plans.

Planning to attend a road event like the Marathon or Cycling Time Trial?

If you are planning on attending a road event as a non-ticketed spectator, driving and parking nearby will not be an option. You are encouraged to spread out along the route and walk to your viewing point.

Due to planned rail industrial action, the road network will be busier than normal and the bus network will be extremely busy with demand from spectators, especially over the weekend of Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. We recommend travelling locally by foot or bicycle wherever possible. The impact of any rail industrial action may vary so keep up to date with the latest changes.

Attending the Opening or Closing Ceremony?

  1. Services are likely to be busier so allow extra time for your journey
  2. Due to the finishing time of the Opening Ceremony, make sure you plan your journey home in advance.
  3. Shuttle services will be available to get you back to Birmingham City Centre, but they will be busy so allow plenty of time for onward connections and be aware of last services.

How busy will the network be?

Check out the below graphics to find out when the roads, bus and rail network will be busiest throughout the Games, and which times to avoid in each area.

Due to planned rail industrial action, the road network will be busier than normal and the bus network will be extremely busy with demand from spectators, especially over the weekend on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. Some rail stations will be used as park and ride sites so check before you travel. We recommend travelling locally by foot or bicycle wherever possible. The impact of any rail industrial action may vary so keep up to date with the latest changes. 

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