May Bank Holiday travel chaos warning over Birmingham Pride, 10k run and Wembley play-off
People heading in and out of Birmingham over the May Bank Holiday weekend are being warned warned to expect travel chaos.
Birmingham Pride, 10k run and hordes of football fans travelling to Wembley for the Championship play-off have created a ‘perfect storm’ of disruption.
Transport officials are urging people to stick to public transport – but even buses and trams are being affected.
And there will also be limited rail services for those heading to Wembley for the Aston Villa vs Derby County Championship play-off on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27.
Birmingham Pride is taking place on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 and the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k is on Sunday.
Both events mean large numbers of road closures.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is urging people to opt for public transport instead.
Both Birmingham events will welcome up to 75,000 attendees over the weekend with Pride and the 10k both taking place on the Sunday.
This will result in the city and transport routes being busier than normal.
There will be road closures over the weekend to accommodate the Birmingham Pride parade and the 10k run which will impact on bus routes, car routes and the Metro line from 11am to 1.30pm on Saturday and 6am to 2pm on Sunday.
In addition, trains between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will be running a reduced service over the weekend.
Football fans travelling for the Aston Villa vs Derby County Championship play-off final at Wembley are advised to check their journey in advance.
Key travel advice for May Bank Holiday weekend
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· Plan ahead: With lots of events taking place, Birmingham city centre will be busier than normal. Leave the car at home and plan a journey by public transport.
· Allow more time for your journey: Thousands of people will be attending the events over the weekend, therefore if you are driving avoid roads around the south of the city centre.
· Stick to public transport: Road closures will be in place in the centre of Birmingham throughout the weekend. If you do need to drive, think about where you will park ahead of time to avoid road closures.
· Be patient and expect to queue: Birmingham city centre will be very busy as people make their way around. It will be particularly busy on Sunday between 09:00 and 13:00 due to a cross-over between people attending Birmingham Pride and people leaving the 10k.
Anne Shaw, Director of Network Resilience at Transport for West Midlands said: “We are expecting a vibrant and very busy Birmingham this Bank Holiday weekend which means travel routes around the city will be busier than normal.
“There will be road closures too, therefore we are asking people to plan ahead and check their journeys before they travel.
“For those that need to get around, we recommend they leave their cars at home and stick to public transport. We want everybody to have an enjoyable weekend and we can all contribute to that by making small changes to the way we travel.
“If you are travelling to London Euston over the weekend make sure that you are aware of the rail timetable changes and check how your journey will be affected in advance.”
If you’re travelling by public transport on Bank Holiday Monday most services will be operating a Sunday service.
For more information, check out the latest travel advice here .