Thousands of visitors to Birmingham’s world-famous St Patrick’s Day parade are being advised to use public transport to get there.
Up to 80,000 people expected to attend the parade on the streets of Digbeth on Sunday afternoon and there will be road closures and diversions in place during the festivities.
So Transport for West Midlands has teamed up with organisers to offer advice to those travelling into Birmingham City Centre on Sunday, March 17 to help them avoid disruption. The parade is from noon until 2pm but there are linked events all afternoon and evening.
They are advising people to plan ahead and allow plenty of time for the journeys.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, who is attending the parade, said: “Birmingham will welcome thousands of visitors for one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world.
“It is rightly a highlight of the city’s events calendar and always a great day out for families.
“We want everyone to have a fantastic time and are providing this travel advice to help them enjoy their visit.”
In particular visitors are urged to use public transport to get into the city centre.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, West Midlands Combined Authority portfolio lead for transport and leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council said: “We want everyone attending the St Patrick’s Day parade or visiting Birmingham City Centre this Sunday to have a good time and to use public transport if you can. It will be the hassle free way to get there.”
Travelling by bus
There will be route and stop changes from 6am until 5pm for most bus services travelling to and from Digbeth and Birmingham.
There will be changes to the following bus services:
Travelling by train
All train services are due to run to a normal Sunday timetable.
Services from Solihull will be extremely busy so consider catching a train from either Shirley or Birmingham International to travel into the city centre.
The nearest Metro stop is Grand Central which is approximately a 10 minute walk.
Cars and parking
Road closures will be in place in Digbeth and the surrounding area so public transport will be the best way to enjoy the day.
If you do need to drive into Birmingham the car parks closest to Digbeth will be the busiest, so consider parking further away.
For up to date travel information visit: https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/plan-your-journey/major-roadworks-and-events/st-patricks-day/
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