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Paradise Circus latest roadworks cause delays

Artist impression of completed scheme Image copyright Core Marketing
Image caption New offices, shops and restaurants are being built as part of the scheme

Drivers were stuck in delays in Birmingham on Monday morning as the next phase of roadworks got under way as part of a £500m redevelopment.

The 10-year Paradise Circus project will see new offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel built, as well as walkways.

A number of major routes through the city centre have been closed.

Birmingham City Council urged commuters to use public transport where possible, particularly trains.

Earlier there were reports of heavy delays eastbound around Sand Pits, between Icknield Street and Fleet Street.

Roads around the Jewellery Quarter were also congested.

Phase two of the work started on Sunday and is expected to last until November.

'Massive changes'

It means Paradise Circus will no longer operate as a gyratory system, while the northern link has been closed.

The Sand Pits and Parade roads have been closed, while parts of Broad Street are restricted to taxis and buses only.

Restrictions also continue on Summer Row.

Buses on routes 82, 83, 87, 89, 10H and 126 are all being diverted.

Council traffic manager Kevin Hicks said: "The city will keep running, but it's obviously a major junction.

"Massive changes are going on to allow that £500m development to happen. It's probably the biggest development in a generation right in the heart of the city centre."

The project is expected to be completed in 2025.

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