Commonwealth Games travel management announced as Queen’s Baton continues voyage

From left: Hockey athlete Emily Gaddum, Chef de Mission Nigel Avery, Netball’s Irene van Dyk and swimmer Emma Godwin pose for a photograph with young local basketball players during the Queen’s Baton Relay in Napier, New Zealand
From remaining: Hockey athlete Emily Gaddum, Chef de Mission Nigel Avery, Netball’s Irene van Dyk and swimmer Emma Godwin pose for a photograph with youthful area basketball gamers all through the Queen’s Baton Relay in Napier, New Zealand

The techniques for venues in Birmingham have been released by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Birmingham Town Council, the Commonwealth Game titles Federation and the West Midlands Blended Authority (WMCA) 4 months in advance of the start of the video games.

With additional than a person million spectators expected to arrive to the area, the plans for Perry Barr, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham Town Centre and the Southern location cluster of Edgbaston Cricket Stadium and Birmingham College have been released to check out on a distinctive web page.

The designs for Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Cannock Chase will be introduced in the subsequent few weeks.

Each individual programs shows the particular regions wherever roads will be closed, where by motor vehicles will not be permitted to halt and where allow-only obtain is essential for every location, these as Arena Birmingham for gymnastics and Smithfield for 3×3 basketball, 3×3 wheelchair basketball and beach front volleyball.

Every venue will also have its have bespoke targeted visitors administration measures, which are designed to improve protection around venues and permit people and companies to accessibility their have houses where ever attainable.

At the launch occasion for the Birmingham designs at the WMCA headquarters in Birmingham Town Centre, a tactic for producing the online games the most sustainable by community transportation were being also declared.

TfWM executive director Anne Shaw had been section of the scheduling procedure for the travel from the winning of the bid for the games in December 2017 and claimed it was about bettering the transportation back links in the area and cutting down the quantity of vehicles travelling to occasions.

She said: “Our plans are created to make it as quick as possible for spectators to depart the automobile at residence and use public transportation to get to events.

“We’ve been operating with the organising committee to recognize all the different situations that are occurring on what working day and all the different venues that in engage in across the area so we can fully grasp the figures and then system ideal actions on the transport technique as well.

“We’ve been hunting at the measures in put to fortify the present community transportation programs, so extending providers, much more repeated services and bespoke services these types of as dedicated shuttle buses and park and journey venues.”

An additional community transportation announcement at the briefing was the news that ticket holders will be able to vacation on general public transportation in the course of the working day of their celebration for free of charge on creation of their ticket.

It means that ticket holders travelling to Leamington Spa for the bowls, to Coventry for Rugby Sevens and up to Cannock Chase for the mountain biking situations will be capable to journey for free of charge on buses, trams and trains all through the day.

Ms Shaw reported postcards would be pushed via the doors of people dwelling around venues or on routes that will be shut for a day for functions to suggest of in which to plan their journey on the working day, and information will be out there on the net.

She claimed: “There will inevitably be some disruption at some active occasions, but these plans have been carefully made to hold that to a minimum amount.

“Guaranteeing our location can preserve shifting when a million site visitors get there this summer months will be key to a effective Commonwealth Game titles.”

The unveiling of the 1st set of journey programs arrives as the Queen’s Baton arrived in New Zealand on March 12 and put in 4 days travelling the nation, coinciding with Commonwealth Working day on March 14.

The Baton will subsequent travel to Australia for 4 days, prior to heading across the Pacific Ocean to Guyana and Belize.