Commonwealth Games: All the Birmingham road closures for the Queen’s Baton Relay

A number of road closures will be in place in the city next Wednesday (27 July) and Thursday (July 28)

The start of the Commonwealth Games is now just days away and excitement is building in Birmingham.

The Games take place between July 28 and August 8, and on Wednesday 27 July, the Baton will begin its visit, taking in all ten of the city’s Parliamentary constituencies and will be carried by hundreds of local community heroes who will take on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Batonbearers. The Baton will also be carried around the city on Thursday, 28 July.

People in all of the city’s neighbourhoods will only be a short distance from a part of the route and are being warmly welcomed to check out the schedule (detailed below) and plan where they want to cheer the Baton as it makes its way through Birmingham.

Queen Elizabeth starts the relay by passing her baton to British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox, as Prince Edward looks on

Wednesday Road closures

The following roads will be closed between 8am to 2pm on Wednesday, 27 July

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Victoria Square ready for the Commonwealth Games

Thursday road closures

Here are the road closures on Thursday, 28 July

Here are the road closures on Thursday, 28 July

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Arriving in Birmingham on Wednesday 27 July, the Baton will begin its tour of the city at the Botanical Gardens, which opened in 1832 and remains one of the city’s biggest attractions to this day.

It will then take in several parks and open spaces as well as locations such as Sarehole Mill (which inspired the literary works of Tolkien), Birmingham City FC’s St Andrew’s Stadium and the Balti Triangle (home to Birmingham’s signature curry dish).

Later on it will arrive at the Gay Village (where the Baton will enjoy a drag queen parade and mini carnival) and Gas Street Basin (where it will be carried aboard various forms of canal transport), ending the day in the heart of the city centre in Victoria Square – where a special celebration event, open to the public, will be staged that evening.

The following morning, Thursday 28 July, will see the final day of the relay start at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (celebrating the efforts of the NHS locally), weaving its way through a number of neighbourhoods taking in more parks and open spaces as well as the likes of the Jewellery Quarter (which contributed to the creation of the Baton).

Later on it will pass landmarks including the Nishkam Centre on the Soho Road, Perry Hall Park, Sutton Coldfield town centre and Aston Villa FC’s home Villa Park before ending at Aston Hall – from where it will then be taken into the Alexander Stadium as part of the Opening Ceremony for the Games.

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During the ceremony, the Baton will be opened – and The Queen’s personal message to the Commonwealth, inserted when the relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, then read out.

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