Birmingham A38 tunnels roadworks night closures start

A38 tunnel The tunnels on the major route were closed for refurbishment last summer

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Birmingham's city centre road tunnels close later for two weeks of overnight work ahead of a six-week total closure for the summer.

The A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels will be completely closed for roadworks from 18 July until 1 September.

They were shut last summer for new lighting and fire protection. This time they will be fitted with security systems and new ventilation.

To ease commuter traffic cut-price rail and bus passes are being offered.

Transport companies said more than 200,000 extra journeys were made on public transport during last year's closures.

Road works exhibition in Victoria Square Exhibitions were held at Victoria Square, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Brindley Place, Cathedral Square Colmore Row and Centenary Square.

A council report last November questioned the future of the tunnels and said the network had coped better than anticipated during the summer's six-week closure.

This year National Express West Midlands plans to have extra staff on foot at bus stops to explain diversions caused by the closures.

Outdoor exhibitions have been held to give information on the roadworks to the public and commuters are being advised to avoid travelling by car if possible.

Eddie Fellows, highway network manager for Amey, which is carrying out the work for Birmingham City Council, said: "If people are complacent and go in their cars this year, there will be congestion - there's no two ways about it."

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