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Drivers could face major traffic chaos in Birmingham

The staff at Car Hire Birmingham Airport will be wanting to make many copies of the map being created to highlight the traffic problems for car hire customers.

A number of huge redevelopment projects could leave the centre of Birmingham facing chaos and appearing ‘closed for business’ unless action is taken soon.

A meeting revealed the scale of the disruption which could be similar to the summer tunnel closures and work to transform New Street Station. There are a number of projects pencilled in for the city centre during the next three years including

The transformation of Paradise Circus, works on five ring road roundabouts, new buildings at Snow Hill and Eastside, upgrades to utility networks and the start of work on Arena Central.

Transport manager Kevin Hicks said “An awful lot of activity is planned over the next three years. It will be significantly more than we have at the moment.”

In the longer term, work will also begin on the long-awaited High Speed 2 station at Curzon Street and the line through the east of the city. Officials said they were developing an interactive on-line map to highlight the locations and timetable of works and a new retail masterplan is set to be launched with the aim of attracting thousands more shoppers to the city centre.

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