Birmingham Velo Cycle event Sunday Sept 24th – major disruption expected

On Sunday 24th September, the Birmingham Velo cycle event will be taking place. It will see 100 miles of road closed off, for this charity bike ride, which will start and finish in Birmingham, taking in parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

Numerous roads will either be closed for the whole of the duration, or on a rolling-road basis, and with key roads like the A456 Hagley Road and Broad Street being closed for long periods, many bus services in west Birmingham and Dudley areas will experience major disruption.

The following information has been taken from the Traveline Midlands website:


Sunday 24 September 2017.

0500:1900 hours

Various roads in Birmingham (including Five Ways, Edgbaston, Harborne, Quinton, Bartley Green & Frankley), Bearwood, Halesowen, Stourbridge and Kingswinford will be closed to permit the Birmingham Velo Cycle Event to take place. During this period buses will be diverted as follows:-

Service 4H – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1230 hours Service 4H will terminate at Coombes Wood (Amber Way). Halesowen, Hasbury and Hayley Green will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the Amber Way bus stops.

Service 9 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1100 hours Service 9 will ONLY serve its terminus points at Birmingham and Stourbridge. No other section of route will be served. After approximately 1100 hours most of the route will be served – except for the section between Birmingham and Bearwood. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or Hagley Road West (adjacent Bearwood Bus Station).

Services 11A/11C Outer Circle – Due to the necessary road closures, Services 11A/11C will be unable to serve any bus stops between Harborne and Winson Green. Passenger should board or alight at the Harborne High Street (Service 22/23 bus stops) or at the City Hospital (Aberdeen Street) bus stops. NOTE: After approximately 0830 hours Service 11A will serve City Road and Bearwood Road in both directions. Passengers wishing to travel from Bearwood to City Hosptal, Handsworth and Perry Barr should therefore board these journeys and re-connect with Service 11C journeys at City Hospital.

Service 13 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 13 (Merry Hill-Halesowen) will NOT operate prior to 1100 hours.

Service 18 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 18 will terminate at Newman University between 0900-1900 hours. Bartley Green will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the Service X64 bus stops on Cromwell Lane.

Services 22 & 23 – Due to the necessary road closures, Services 22 & 23 will be unable to serve Broad Street before 1100 hours. Passengers should board or alight at the Service 80/80A bus stops on Holloway Head or the bus stops in Calthorpe Road. In addition, after 0900 hours Service 22 & 23 will be unable to serve War Lane, Northfield Road, Stonehouse Lane, Jiggins Lane and Woodgate Valley South. Passengers should board or alight at the the bus stops on Harborne High Street, the Castle Bingo bus stops on Barnes Hill, or the Service 22 bus stops on Adams Hill.

Service 24 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 24 will be unable to serve Broad Street before 0900 hours. Passengers should board or alight at the Service 80/80A bus stops on Holloway Head or the bus stops on Calthorpe Road. In addition, after 0900 hours Service 24 will be unable to serve Broad Street, Five Ways, Edgbaston, Harborne and most of Court Oak Road. Passengers should board or alight at the the bus stops on Great Charles Street, Suffolk Street Queensway or Court Oak Road (West Boulevard).

Service 29 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 29 will be unable to serve Broad Street before 1100 hours. Passengers should board or alight at the Service 80/80A bus stops on Holloway Head or the bus stops on Calthorpe Road. In addition, after 0900 hours Service 29 will be unable to serve Quinton Road, Northfield Road, Stonehouse Lane, Barnes Hill and Alwold Road. Passengers should board or alight at the the bus stops on Harborne Park Road or Beckbury Road.

Service 48 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 48 will be unable to serve any bus stops between Bearwood and Harborne (Metchley Lane) Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on St Marys Road or Somerset Road.

Service 49 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1100 hours Service 49 will be unable to serve any bus stops on Hagley Road West. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Bearwood Road.

Service 54A – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 54A will terminate at Brandhall prior to 1200 hours. Quinton and Worlds End will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops in Brandhall (Foley Drive).

Services 120/120A, 127 & 128 – Due to the necessary road closures, Services 120/120A, 127 & 128 will be unable to serve Broad Street, Five Ways, Hagley Road or Portland Road. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or the Service 127/128 bus stops on City Road.

Service 126 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1100 hours Service 126 will be unable to serve Five Ways, Bearwood or Hagley Road West. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Navigation Street, Smallbrook Queensway or Wolverhampton Road (Stanley Road). After approximately 1100 hours most of the route will be served – except for the section between Birmingham and Bearwood. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Navigation Street, Smallbrook Queensway or Hagley Road West (adjacent Bearwood Bus Station).

Service 140 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1100 hours Service 140 will be unable to serve Five Ways, Bearwood, Quinton or Long Lane. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or Blackheath town centre. After approximately 1100 hours most of the route will be served – except for the section between Birmingham and Bearwood. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or Hagley Road West (adjacent Bearwood Bus Station).

Service 142 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 142 (Stourbridge-Halesowen) will NOT operate prior to 1100 hours.

Service 241 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1230 hours Service 241 will terminate at Quinton (Stag). Kent Road, Manor Lane, Manor Way and Halesowen will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Long Lane.

Service 244 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1130 hours Service 244 will terminate at Whittingham Road. Halesowen, Quinton, Harborne and Queen Elizabeth Hospital will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the ‘towards Halesowen’ bus stops on Fairmile Road and Hawne Lane.

Service X10 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1100 hours Service X10 will be unable to serve Five Ways, Bearwood, Quinton or Halesowen. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or Haden Hill Road. After approximately 1100 hours most of the route will be served – except for the section between Birmingham and Bearwood. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Colmore Row or Hagley Road West (adjacent Bearwood Bus Station).

Services 255 & 256 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1430 hours Service 255 will be unable to serve Blaze Park, Hinksford or Swindon. Passengers should board or alight at the Service 256 bus stops in Wall Heath and Wombourne. Both Services 255 & 256 may be subject to additional diversions around Wombourne itself.

Service 276 – Due to the necessary road closures, prior to 1230 hours Service 276 will be unable to serve Lye, Wollescote or Pedmore, as well as Worcester Street or Norton Road in Stourbridge. Passengers should board or alight at the Thorns Road (Stevens Park) bus stops or in Stourbridge Bus Station. Passengers for the Norton area should board or alight at the bus stops on The Broadway or Shenstone Avenue.

Service X64 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service X64 will terminate at Newman University between 0900-1900 hours. Bartley Green, Kitwell and Woodgate will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Cromwell Lane.

Service 002 – Due to the necessary road closures, Service 002 (Merry Hill-Weoley Castle) will NOT operate prior to 1100 hours. After 1100 hours buses will operate Merry Hill-Howley Grange Road. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Howley Grange Road. Woodgate, Bartley Green and Weoley Castle will NOT be served.


Obviously, regular traffic is also going to be subject to diversions as well, so it is to be expected that alternative routes will be busier than usual.

My advice: if you live in the affected areas, or were planning to travel through there, have a day at home instead!

Link: Velo Birmingham website