West Midlands public transport: are the buses, trains and trams running over Christmas and New Year?

Transport for West Midlands is urging passengers avoid the roads and use buses, trains and trams - and Cycle Hire eBikes as much as possible

<p>Trams and buses in Birmingham</p>

Trams and buses in Birmingham

With several major road closures and road works planned throughout Christmas and New Year, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is urging people making journeys to use public transport.

Buses, trains and trams - and the region’s newly launched electric bikes - are being recommended as a good way to travel to see friends and family and football matches.

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However there are restrictions to services at certain times.

When are West Midlands buses, trains and trams running over Christmas?

Public transport is running across the West Midlands throughout the festive period part from these key dates:

  • No public transport running on Christmas Day
  • Rail services ending early on Christmas Eve with no trains running on Boxing Day
  • Buses running reduced or Sunday services on the key bank holidays.
  • West Midlands Metro running a limited service between Wolverhampton and Bull Street
  • Works on the railways mean there will be replacement bus services between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway on New Year’s Day and between New Street and Bromsgrove/Redditch on Sunday 2 January

For full details and the latest information go to Transport for West Midlands

National Express bus in Birmingham

What has TfWM said about the reduced public transport?

TfWM interim managing director Anne Shaw said: “Although many of us will be at home, off school or working from home, there are many who are still planning trips out for the festive season and may need to use public transport.

“There are services running every day except Christmas Day but people will need to check for timetable changes and disruption, especially on the bank holidays, before travelling. All that information is in one place at Transport for West Midlands.

“And, unless exempt, remember to wear a face covering for your whole journey.”

West Midlands Metro

What closures and roadworks are taking place over Christmas and New Year?

Motorists can sign up for live updates via  @wmroads on twitter or sign up for alerts via the TfWM website.

Road Closures

Full closure of the M42 between J9 and J10 north and southbound from 9pm on Friday 24 December to 9pm on Friday 31 December.


Roadworks continue on the A34 Perry Barr Highway in Birmingham with lane closures in and around the Perry Barr area

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