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Birmingham road restrictions for Lib Dem conference

ICC exterior
Image caption About 8,000 delegates are expected at the ICC for the conference

Drivers are being warned about road restrictions in Birmingham as the city gets ready to host the Liberal Democrats' autumn party conference.

About 8,000 delegates are expected at the International Convention Centre (ICC) from 17 to 21 September.

A stretch of Broad street will be closed to vehicles at certain times and other restrictions will be in place on some roads around the ICC.

Businesses in the area will be open as normal during the conference.

Birmingham City Council has sent out letters to 28,000 businesses and residents in the area letting them know about the temporary restrictions.

They start at 20:00 BST on Thursday, 15 September when Broad Street will be closed to vehicles between Gas Street and Paradise Circus until 05:00 BST on 16 September.

It will then reopen until 07:00 BST on 17 September when the same stretch will become pedestrian access only for the duration of the conference until 05:00 BST on 22 September.

Bus stops

There will also be restrictions on Bridge Street and Cambridge Street.

Some bus stops and taxi ranks in the area will also be affected.

Kevin Hicks, the city council's traffic manager, urged drivers to follow diversion routes.

He said the plan had been put in place for previous party conferences that had been held in the city.

"It's something that we're well used to and we've learnt lessons from previous years when we've done it, so hopefully things get smoother every time we do it," he added.

It is the seventh party conference that the city has hosted in the past four years.

Marketing experts said the event would contribute up to £12m to the local economy.

Ian Taylor, commercial director at Marketing Birmingham said: "The visitor economy for Birmingham is a big part of our economy. It's worth about 10% of Birmingham's economy overall."

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