Westside Birmingham City Centre
Five Ways Underpass
Ends: 31 December 2021
Last updated: 29 July 2020
The Birmingham Westside extension will bring Metro services from Grand Central to Centenary Square, Broad Street, Five Ways and Hagley Road providing new opportunities for residents and businesses. Once completed it will improve transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible.
The project is being delivered in two phases:
Phase one which is now complete, saw the Metro line extended from from Grand Central, past Birmingham’s Town Hall to Centenary Square.
Phase two is now underway to further extend the route from Centenary Square along Broad Street to Hagley Road in Edgbaston (just west of Five Ways). Stops will serve Brindleyplace, Five Ways and the terminus on Hagley Road.
Five Ways Underpass
Five Ways underpass closed to all traffic on Monday 3 June as works to bring West Midlands Metro services to Edgbaston gathered pace.
The underpass will remain closed for the duration of construction until 2021 when, later that year, services commence to the new Metro terminus at 54 Hagley Road as part of the second phase of the Birmingham Westside Metro extension. Shortly after the closure of the underpass, vehicular traffic will be restricted along sections of Broad Street as construction in the city’s vibrant entertainment centre also gets underway.
During construction, Five Ways roundabout, which runs above the underpass, remains open in all directions to allow access in and out of Birmingham city centre. Roads and public transport will be busier than normal while these essential works take place and the advice is to plan ahead, leave more time for journeys and consider switching to public transport.
Travelling from Bearwood
Consider using City Road and Dudley Road, past City Hospital to head into Birmingham city centre or connect with the ring road.
Top tip: The number 82 serves Berwood and avoids Five Ways and Hagley Road so travelling by bus could be a good alternative to driving. Check the route here.
Travelling from Oldbury, Langley, Londonderry
Head towards Smethwick and take the A457, continue towards Birmingham via the Dudley Road past City Hospital.
Travelling from Rowley Regis, Blackheath, Halesowen or Stourbridge
Consider using the motorway network to avoid Hagley Road.
Travelling from Worcester, Kidderminster or the M5
Consider using M5 J4 and follow the Bristol Road into Birmingham city centre.
Cycling routes - City centre options
Cyclists and pedestrians can therefore continue to use the designated paths and ramped access routes through the subways.
Cycling routes - Outer region options
There are some national off road cycle routes in the Hagley Road area marked on the map. Use the journey planner on Cyclestreets.net for more travel routes.
You will still be able to get to where you need to go, but consider the following: