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Birmingham braces for Commonwealth congestion

The Commonwealth Games 2022 are fast approaching as it is set to be hosted in Birmingham, bringing a healthy dosage of tourism and potential travel chaos.

Network Rail are currently issuing travel advice for passengers looking to utilise the network in anticipation of one million extra journeys expected throughout the course of the games. With the event set to take place between 28 July and 8 August, potential commuters should carefully plan trips between these dates to avoid disruptions and unexpected disturbances due to such a high influx of travel.

Network Rails official travel advice is as follows:

  • Check before you travel,
  • Plan your journey, and
  • Leave more time than usual to reach your destination.

The lines that will meet the most stress during this period are the West Coast main line between London Euston and Scotland, Chiltern main line between London Marylebone and Birmingham and all rail routes in the West Midlands.

Stations across Birmingham will see heavy flows of foot traffic as eager spectators traverse the city and the West Midlands to get to the 15 venues hosting the 20 sporting events. Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham International, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Perry Barr, and Warwick are all expected to be among the busiest stations during the games.

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s Central route director, said:

“After nearly five years of planning since Birmingham was announced as host city in 2017, we are now just days away from welcoming tens of thousands of people from around the world to the West Midlands.

“Right across the rail industry and other public transport networks we are prepared to get spectators to where they need to be during this major international event. I’d urge people lucky enough to have clinched tickets to make sure they follow our top travel tips and check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk, so they can get to venues in plenty of time and see sporting history be made.”

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