Birmingham 2022 is an inclusive and accessible event. Considerations have been made for people with accessibility requirements, ensuring a safe, independent, and dignified experience for spectators.
To help spectators get to and from their Birmingham 2022 event, read all of our accessible travel information below.
To make things easier for fans attending Birmingham 2022, all tickets to the Games will include access to public transport in the local area on the day of their event. This includes dedicated accessible shuttle buses.
There’s no need to book public transport, if travelling within the Games network area, simply be prepared to show your Games ticket upon request when boarding.
For more information on our public transport offering and the network area it covers, read our FAQs
Games Journey Planner
Use our bespoke Games Journey Planner to get the best route to and from your event. Please select accessible travel options for your venue and session in the journey planner.
If you are an occasional wheelchair user, you may wish to bring it with you to reduce walking distances or time spent standing. Limited loan wheelchairs will be available at venues.
There is dedicated Blue Badge parking at all venues which is free but there is limited availability, and this MUST be pre-booked. Please note, existing car parks at or around Games venues offering standard parking will be closed during the Games, except for the NEC.
At the time of publishing 13 July, Blue Badge parking is sold out at Lee Valley Velopark and there is limited availability at Alexander Stadium, Arena Birmingham and Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
There is still good availability remaining at Cannock Chase Forest, Edgbaston Stadium, The NEC, Smithfield, University of Birmingham, Victoria Park, Warwick and West Park.
Please note, if you have booked Park & Ride parking but would prefer dedicated Blue Badge parking where available, the booking platform help centre can assist you to transfer your tickets.
Accessible Shuttle Buses
If the dedicated Blue Badge parking is fully booked at your venue, why not consider using the Games dedicated accessible shuttle bus service which is included within your ticket.
We aim to ensure all shuttle buses are fully accessible, however there is additional assistance available for those requiring it.
The accessible shuttle buses will operate from key train stations to all venues, except The NEC and Smithfield. See table below for the pick-up and drop off locations.
|Games Venue||Accessible Shuttle Pickup||Distance from Accessible Shuttle Drop Off to Venue Entrance||Additional Support Available|
|Alexander Stadium||Birmingham New Street Train Station (Pick up: Smallbrook Queensway)||130M||Loan wheelchairs|
|Perry Barr Station|
|Arena Birmingham (Marathon Day Only)||Birmingham New Street Train Station (Pick up: Smallbrook Queensway)||400M||Loan wheelchairs|
|Cannock Chase Forest||Stafford Station Train Station||570M||Wheelchair accessible buggy|
|Coventry Arena & Stadium*||Coventry Train Station||200M||Loan wheelchairs|
|Edgbaston Stadium||Birmingham New Street Train Station (Pick up: Smallbrook Queensway)||200M for all events except Marathon Day when it is 300M||Loan wheelchairs|
|Lee Valley VeloPark||Stratford International / Stratford Train Stations||550M||Wheelchair accessible buggy|
|The NEC||No accessible shuttle bus|
|Sandwell Aquatics Centre||The Hawthorns Train Station||100M||NA|
|Smithfield||No accessible shuttle bus|
|Sutton Park (Triathlon)**||Sutton Coldfield Train Station||750M||Wheelchair accessible buggy & wheelchairs|
|University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre||Birmingham New Street Train Station (Pick up: Smallbrook Queensway)||200M||NA|
|Victoria Park||Leamington Spa Train Station||-||NA|
|Victoria Square (Marathon Finish Area)||No accessible shuttle bus|
|Warwick (Cycling - Road Race)||Leamington Spa Train Station||25M||Wheelchair accessible buggy|
|West Park||Wolverhampton Train Station||115M||NA|
*Coventry Arena & Stadium: there will be a dedicated accessible shuttle bus service to serve rail passengers from Coventry Station and pre-booked Blue Badge parking at Westminster Road Car Park. The shuttle for both will be located immediately outside Coventry train station entrance, approximately 200-250m walk to the venue. The shuttle buses will take people to the venue, either to the north or south depending on where seated. Loan wheelchairs will be available for people who may require additional assistance.
After the event there will be a 20–30-minute vehicle hold to the north of the venue where no vehicles can be loaded / leave the venue due to the volume of spectators exiting and therefore spectators using the accessible shuttle bus from the north will asked to remain in their seats until just before the vehicle hold is lifted and will then be able to access the shuttle buses and return to Coventry Station.
**Sutton Park: due to the field of play, the accessible shuttle will drop spectators 750m from the venue entrance. From here there will be staff and loan wheelchairs available to support, and then an onward wheelchair accessible buggy to the venue.
Situated in the centre of the country the Midlands is well connected by local and national rail services. If you require assistance while travelling, please book this via the relevant train operator in advance of your journey.
Accessible shuttle buses will be operating from nominated accessible stations to venues as detailed below. These do not need to be pre-booked.
|Games Venue||Accessible Station|
|Alexander Stadium||Birmingham New Street Station: Birmingham New Street Station has step free access to all platforms and an assisted travel lounge. An accessible shuttle bus will run from Smallbrook Queensway (outside Birmingham New Street Station) to the venue.|
|Perry Barr Station: Perry Barr station has step free access to all platforms. An accessible shuttle bus will run from Perry Barr station to the venue.|
|Arena Birmingham||Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham Snow Hill Station and Birmingham Moor Street Station all have step free access to all platforms. Birmingham New Street has an assisted travel lounge. On Marathon day only (Saturday 30 July) an accessible shuttle will run from Smallbrook Queensway (outside Birmingham New Street Station) to the venue.|
|Cannock Chase Forest||Stafford Station has step free access to all platforms. An accessible shuttle bus will run from the station to the venue.|
|Coventry Arena & Stadium||Both Coventry Arena Station and Coventry Station have step free access to all platforms. However, we would recommend Coventry Station for accessible travel as there will be accessible shuttle buses operating between the station and the venue.|
|Edgbaston Stadium||An accessible shuttle bus will be available on demand from Smallbrook Queensway (adjacent to Birmingham New Street station) in Birmingham City Centre to the stadium.|
|The NEC||Birmingham International Station has step free access to all platforms. When you arrive at Birmingham International Station, extra assistance to get to the venue is available for those who require it. Please approach one of our volunteers who will be able to help.|
|Sandwell Aquatics Centre||Both The Hawthorns Station and Smethwick Galton Bridge stations have step free access to all platforms. However, we would recommend the Hawthorns Station for accessible travel as there will be accessible buses operating between the station and the venue.|
|Smithfield||Birmingham Moor Street Station, Birmingham New Street Station and Birmingham Snow Hill Station all have step free access to all platforms and Birmingham New Street has an assisted travel lounge.|
|Sutton Park (Triathlon)||Sutton Coldfield Station has step free access to all platforms, with an accessible buggy between the station and venue. An accessible shuttle will be operating from Smallbrook Queensway (City Centre).|
|University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre||University Station has step free access to all platforms, with an accessible buggy between the station and venue. An accessible shuttle bus will run from the station to the venue.|
|Victoria Park||Leamington Spa Station has step free access to all platforms. An accessible shuttle bus will run from the station to the venue.|
|Victoria Square (Marathon Finish Area)||Birmingham New Street Station has step free access to all platforms and an assisted travel lounge.|
|Warwick (Cycling - Road Race)||For accessible travel we recommend Leamington Spa Station which has step free access to all platforms and an accessible shuttle bus from the station to the venue.|
|West Park||Wolverhampton Station has step free access to all platforms and an accessible shuttle bus from the station to the venue.|
Please note: The metro will not operate through Birmingham City Centre on Marathon Day (30 July). For spectators with accessibility requirements travelling to Arena Birmingham on this day, a shuttle bus will run from Smallbrook Queensway to this venue only.
|Games Venue||Accessible Travel|
|Arena Birmingham||Step free access from Library stop to venue via the designated walking route. This will not run on Marathon day (Saturday 30 July), when there will be an accessible shuttle from Smallbrook Queensway (adjacent to Birmingham New Street Station) to the venue.|
|Sandwell Aquatics Centre||Step free access from The Hawthorns stop. Accessible shuttle buses will operate from The Hawthorns station and the venue.|
Any wheelchair users planning on travelling by taxi to Smithfield, please use the wheelchair taxi rank on Upper Dean Street, as the main taxi rank (Moat Lane) has kerbs on the right-hand side so wheelchair ramp will be unable to be used. This is approximately 200m distance to the venue entrance.
For all the information you need to help plan your trip to the Games, check out our Visit The Games web section. Here you can also find out about extending your stay and discover nearby attractions, shops and restaurants for a truly memorable experience.