RESIDENTS and businesses across the region are being encouraged to plan ahead as plans for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games head into the final stage.
Birmingham 2022 and Games Partners launched the Get Set for the Games programme to give businesses and residents information on changes to parking and public transport plus any road closures during the event.
The programme is a joint campaign involving several Games Partners, including Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), host local authorities including Solihull Council and Coventry City Council and West Midlands Police and the other emergency services are also involved in ensuring the efficient and safe delivery of the Games.
Games organisers say information regarding where and when transport will be busiest throughout the Games will be made available on the website.
There will also be road closures shown on the route maps for the four road events including the Cycling Road Race on the roads of Warwickshire and the Marathon and Wheelchair Marathon, which will see athletes winding their way through Birmingham city centre and its suburbs.
Anne Shaw, executive director at TfWM, said: “We have recently agreed the Strategic Games Transport Plan which sets out the plans to keep the region moving – including offering spectators local travel to the venue with their tickets, providing additional park and ride facilities, shuttle buses and improved routes for cycling and walking.
“We are also working on plans to ensure residents and businesses can make their journeys with minimum disruption and will be issuing advice and information to help people prepare through the Get Set campaign over the coming weeks and months.”
West Midlands Police’s assistant chief constable and gold commander for Birmingham 2022 Matt Ward said: “West Midlands Police, and particularly our local neighbourhood teams and staff and officers out in the community, will be working hard to support our residents and local businesses during Games time and in the lead up to it.
“We’re working closely with our partners to minimise any disruption and listen to any concerns people might have. We all want to work together to make Birmingham 2022 a fantastic event for the whole region.”
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