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St Chad's Intersection / Snow Hill Queensway roadworks

Latest news - 31 May

All roads and sliproads around St Chad's intersection are now open to traffic again.

Until mid-June there will still be some traffic restrictions while resurfacing work continues, but the project continues to move ahead of the original schedule.

The next phase of work - due for completion in early July - will transform the former roundabout into a traffic signalled junction with full street-level pedestrian crossing facilities.. Pavement and landscaping works to create a large public open space alongside St Chad's Cathedral will be going on as planned until the end of 2007.

As part of the proposed Snow Hill development, major changes to Snow Hill Queensway and St Chad’s Circus are required. Once complete the prestigious £400 million redevelopment scheme will bring to the city in excess of 500,000 sq. ft of high quality office space in two distinctive buildings. In addition 200 apartments are planned, along with retail and leisure space overlooking new public areas.

Starting on 24 July 2006 are the road works to change Snow Hill Queensway and St Chad’s Circus, turning this important intersection into a pedestrian-friendly environment with an attractive landscaped public square to front St Chad’s Cathedral. St Chad’s Circus will become two linked traffic signal controlled t-junctions with the subways removed and replaced by street-level pedestrian crossing facilities. Snow Hill Queensway will become a landscaped city street giving access to the city centre, proposed development and bus stops. In addition, re-waterproofing and structural improvements to the St Chad’s underpass will be carried out above the tunnel (without the need for planned closures or lane restrictions through the tunnel).

st chad's circus & snow hill queensway
Overview of where the work is taking place - click and drag to move image around or view the full image.

Timescale for the work

Start Snow Hill Queensway roadworks

24 July 2006

Start St Chad’s Circus roadworks

10 August 2006

Complete Snow Hill Queensway

January 2007

Temporary closure of St Chad’s Circus slip roads

14 January 2007 to 28 May 2007

Switch traffic onto new traffic signal controlled layout at St Chads.

Complete all St Chads carriageway construction works.

20 May 2007

6 July 2007

Complete St Chad’s Circus

October 2007

What are the temporary traffic, bus and pedestrian management arrangements during the roadworks?

Traffic and Cyclists

There are two main traffic management stages during the roadworks. Stage 1 is 24 July 2006 to 14 January 2007, Stage 2 is 14 January 2007 to 28 May 2007, during which time the slip roads onto and off from St Chad’s Circus will be temporarily closed. Following 28 May all routes will be open to traffic, but some lane restrictions may be in place until completion of pavements and landscaping works in October 2007.


The majority of bus services entering the city centre will be unaffected and will continue to use the current terminal stops.The following bus services normally accessing the city centre via St Chad’s Queensway slip roads will access the city centre via alternative routes during the closure period:

Travel West Midlands Services: 104,104a, 105, 902, 904, 905, 915,107, 114, 115, 914, 915
North Birmingham Busways Services: 104X, 108X and 113X
Arriva Services: 110, 112, 115, 116
Zak’s Service: X73

Travel West Midlands 65 service will be re-routed to tie in with the current route of the 67 bendy bus service that picks up and sets down on Corporation Street (North).

All the above services will leave the city centre via the following route: Colmore Circus, Priory Queensway, Old Square, Corporation Street, James Watt Queensway and Lancaster Circus.

The bus operators affected by the closure of the slip roads have agreed to monitor their operations during the first few weeks of the closure and if bus services are unable to meet the time table required by the Traffic Commissioner, services identified above will be relocated to Priory Queensway (Opposite Argos).


From 10 August 2007 the St Chad’s Circus subways are due to be closed off, and pedestrians directed by signage to the most convenient alternative routes.

For enquiries regarding these roadworks please contact us on 0121 303 6644

the snow hill mural
The Snow Hill mural - click and drag to move image around or view the full image.

Partners in the project

Overseeing Organisation: Birmingham City Council
Developer: RT Group Developments (Snow Hill) Ltd
Project Managers: CSL – Construction Services www.csltd.org
Contractor: Birse CL www.birsecl.co.uk
Engineers: Alan Baxter and Associates www.alanbaxter.co.uk
Architect: Sidell Gibson Architects www.sidellgibson.co.uk
Services Engineer: Arup www.arup.com
Planning Supervisor: Gleeds Heath & Safety Ltd www.gleeds.co.uk
Cost consultant: Gleeds www.gleeds.co.uk

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Last updated - Tuesday 21 August 2007 Return to Top | Printer Friendly