Important reminder: Campus access changes for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

In just a few days the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (Thursday 28 July – Monday 8 August 2022) kick off – eek we can’t wait! We’re expecting around 15,000 visitors so it’s going to be a really exciting time to be on campus. Whether you’re working or volunteering at the Games, using our study or research facilities or just want to join in on the fun, here’s what you need to know about campus travel during the Games. 

Getting the train 

The best way to get to campus is by foot, if you can, as transport networks will be busier than usual and on-campus parking will be reduced (more on this below). If you catch a train to campus, Transport for West Midlands has advised that we should travel outside the following times where possible: 12 – 1pm, 5 – 6pm, 10 – 11pm. 

University Station will be very busy, and all station users (spectators, staff, students and campus visitors) will need to join Network Rail’s queuing system. Where queues go over 25 minutes at peak times, Network Rail and Transport for West Midlands will use a shuttle bus system to take station users straight into Birmingham City Centre. Alternatively, Selly Oak Station is within walking distance of campus. 

If you're not attending the Games but need to go on campus, Network Rail has confirmed that you will not have to join any concourse-level queuing systems at New Street station but can pass through the ticket barriers as usual (just have your student pass available to show). 

Car parking  

Our campus will be busier than usual during the Commonwealth Games, so you can only use our parking spaces if you have a valid University of Birmingham car parking pass. Some of our car parks are closed during the Games – double check our Car Parking page to see where you can park before you head off. Note that from Thursday 21 July, you can only drive to campus via the East Gate. Wherever possible, we encourage you to walk or use public transport or e-scooters to get to campus during this time. 

Road closures 

Two sections of Edgbaston Park Road and Church Road are now closed, as well as access via South Gate. Check the ‘Road’ tab on the campus travel page if you need help navigating the closures.  

Bus routes 

There are some disruptions to bus routes during the Games. If you’re taking the bus to campus, check the Transport for West Midlands website to be aware of any route changes. You can also use this journey planner before you travel. 

Police presence on campus 

We are hosting police forces around the country in local accommodation and catering for the teams on campus to help them support the Games. So, if you see large groups of police on campus, don’t be alarmed! Visit the West Midlands Police page to learn more about their role in the event. 

 As always, let’s look out for each other and stay vigilant. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to report to a steward or the police. Trust your instincts and ACT. In an emergency call 999. #CommunitiesDefeatTerrorism 


We hope you’re as excited as we are for this once-in-a-lifetime campus event! Don’t forget to share your videos and photos on socials with the hashtag #GameChangingBirmingham – bring on the Games! 


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