One million extra passenger journeys expected during Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games

With less than a week to go passengers are being given top travel tips during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The West Coast main line between London Euston and Scotland, Chiltern main line between London Marylebone and Birmingham and all rail routes in the West Midlands, will play a crucial role in transporting games-goers over the 12-day sporting spectacle.

A predicted one million extra passenger journeys are to be made while the Games take place between 28 July and 8 August.

During that time Network Rail’s three tips to passengers and visitors are:

  • Check before you travel,
  • Plan your journey, and
  • Leave more time than usual to reach your destination.

Across Birmingham and the West Midlands, 15 venues will play host to 20 sports, with trains and stations expected to be much busier than usual.

Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham International, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Perry Barr, and Warwick are all expected to be among the busiest stations during the games.

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s Central route director, said: “After nearly five years of planning since Birmingham was announced as host city in 2017, we are now just days away from welcoming tens of thousands of people from around the world to the West Midlands.

“Right across the rail industry and other public transport networks we are prepared to get spectators to where they need to be during this major international event. I’d urge people lucky enough to have clinched tickets to make sure they follow our top travel tips and check before they travel at, so they can get to venues in plenty of time and see sporting history be made.”

Image credit: Network Rail

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