Since October 2017, LM (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Joint Venture) has been carrying out Enabling Works for phase one of High Speed Two (HS2) in Birmingham. This includes preparing for the new HS2 Curzon Street Station.
To make sure LM can carry out this work effectively, they need to temporarily close a section of Fazeley Street (between Park Street and New Canal Street) overnight in April 2018 and then permanently close the same section from mid-May 2018. Further detail on these closures is provided below, including a map showing which part of Fazeley Street will be closed.
April 2018 – temporary closure of Fazeley Street
In April 2018, LM will be setting up site offices on land off Fazeley Street to help manage the project and make sure their teams have everything they need to get the work done. After the offices are in place, Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Severn Trent Water (STW) will need access to connect them to the electricity and water supplies. This will involve running the connections under Fazeley Street and, as a result, there will be temporary overnight closures on a section of Fazeley Street across a weekend in April.
The expectation is that these works will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018, between the hours of 9pm and 6am. A section of Fazeley Street will be closed during this time and diversions will be in place. These are shown on the map below. Outside of these hours, the road will be open as usual.
May 2018 – permanent closure of Fazeley Street
As part of the preparation works for the new HS2 Curzon Street Station, LM will be carrying out an archaeological excavation of the land either side of Fazeley Street, between Park Street and New Canal Street (shown on map in orange). This excavation is due to begin in May 2018.
LM have always planned to transfer excavated soil from one side of Fazeley Street to the other as part of this work. However, the early archaeological investigations have shown that the volume of soil they need to move is much higher than expected, and to safely move this soil across Fazeley Street, they need to permanently close a section of the road between Park Street and New Canal Street.
The expectation is that Fazeley Street will be permanently closed between Park Street and New Canal Street from 14th May 2018. The closure will mean no through access for vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. The rest of Fazeley Street, heading into Digbeth – Birmingham’s creative quarter – will remain open as usual.
If you have any questions or if you would like to find out more, you can get in touch:
Write to: HS2 Helpdesk, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA
Telephone: 08081 434 434 (freephone 24/7)