Commonwealth Games and Queen's Baton Relay - Road Closure Briefing Note

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Commonwealth Games and Queen's Baton Relay

Road closure briefing note 

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming to Solihull on Tuesday 26th July 2022. The route covers much of the borough and is one of the final stages of a journey that has taken the baton across Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, and Oceania. The day in Solihull will be marked by numerous community celebrations and events, details of which can be found here: https://visitsolihull.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/QBR-Leaflet.pdf

To enable the safe and efficient passage of the baton, roads along the route will be temporarily closed as the baton travels through the borough. These will be short term staggered closures which are intended to minimise the impact of the event, whilst enabling as many people as possible to safely see and take part in this celebration which marks the culmination of the build up to the Games.

The Baton will be supported by a convoy of vehicles which will follow and transport it between relay locations (those sections where the baton is held by and passed between Batonbearers).

Roads will be closed to vehicles approximately 20 minutes in advance of the anticipated baton arrival to a relay point. It will then be reopened as soon as it has safely passed by.  We anticipate the disruption at any one location will be limited to circa an hour, and in most cases will be significantly less than this. 

It should be noted that, apart from Homer Road, all roads will always remain open to pedestrians and therefore whilst access by vehicle will be temporarily limited, access on foot will be always available. Access for emergency services will also be maintained at all times. Please note bus services will also be impacted and we would ask that you check with you operator to understand how this may affect your journey.

A team of marshals will staff the closures, and whilst we are not able to sign diversion routes, we will be working to facilitate and enable access on a case-by-case basis where possible.

We recognise that this will be particularly important to businesses and service and care providers, many of whom will be working to strict timetables that have limited scope for change.

Set out below is a list of approximate timings for key locations along the route. We trust this information is of use and would ask that where possible you schedule any deliveries and service calls etc outside of these times where appropriate.  Please bear in mind the closure could be 20 mins before and after this time.

  • Castle Bromwich

8:30am

  • Knowle

3:45pm

  • Babbs Mill Park

9:30am

  • Dorridge

4:10pm

  • North Solihull Sports Centre

9:50am

  • Hockley Heath

4:30pm

  • Marston Green

11:05am

  • Cheswick Green

4:45pm

  • NEC

11:20am

  • Dickens Heath

5:00pm

  • Hampton In Arden

1:45pm

  • Shirley Park and Stratford Road

5:40pm

  • Meriden

2:30pm

  • Warwick Road @ Dovehouse

6:00pm

  • Berkswell

2:45pm

  • Solihull Town Centre

6:30pm

  • Balsall Common

3:00pm

  • Jubilee Gardens

6:45pm

The times above are anticipated arrival times. Roads leading to these sections will be closed in advance and may be opened early, but may also be subject to delay in the event of an unplanned emergency or incident which would require the road to be closed for longer than anticipated.

A full list of the roads that the baton will be travelling down can be found here

Traffic Regulation Orders can be found here once published.

Please note that parking will not be restricted along the route, however as the baton passes access will be fully restricted and you will temporarily not be able to move your vehicle if it is parked on the route.

For a list of FAQs surrounding the QBR please click here

Games Time (28th July – 8th August)

During this period it is not anticipated that there will be any implications on the Solihull road network.   The network will remain as it it within busy periods with no additional requirements that need to be implemented.

TfWM will be keeping the following channels up to date on any impact to public transport for spectators and non spectators.

https://www.birmingham2022.com/visit

https://www.birmingham2022.com/travel

https://www.tfwm.org.uk/plan-your-journey/

If you are not travelling to the NEC complex for a Commonwealth Games event then please consider if your journey is necessary before travelling. 

For further information and to discuss any specific concerns or issue you may have associated with this event; please contact us at shapingplaces@solihull.gov.uk