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Client: West Midland Combined Authority Commonwealth Games Committee
Stakeholders: Birmingham Council
Location: Birmingham City Centre
Project: Commonwealth Games 2022
Scheme Duration: 2 months
Delivery: Birmingham Depot/s
Value: £500,000

Highway Traffic Management are proud to have provided support for the Commonwealth Games, with events which ran from 29th July through to the 8th August throughout the Midlands, providing the opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer.

Events took place across a number of local landmarks, including Alexander Stadium, Edgbaston Stadium and Sutton Park. With the influx of spectators who travelled from outside the region, the road network and public transport network was busier than normal.

“We’re really pleased to have supported the implementation of effective traffic management for the Commonwealth Games. Over 5000 signs were utilised across a variety of sites for the duration of the Games to ensure that road closures and diversions were set up to keep traffic flowing,” commented HTM’s Business Director, Marcus Casey.

“As a local business, it’s really special to be able to support such a prestidgeous event that gave people the chance to visit Birmingham and put it firmly back on the map again. Our in-house sign manufacturing facility has been a fantastic asset for us to uttilise in readiness for the games.

“With such an influx of people to the area, it’s important that both new visitors to the city and those of us who are Midlands born and bred, can navigate their way around the Games safely.”

HTM worked closely with our client (TfWM) and supply chain partners, overseeing the project to ensure the signage and equipment was delivered on time. The supply chain involved included RBLI, a Social Enterprise who provide employment to veterans and support those who may be struggling to adjust to civilian life, as well as longstanding suppliers Forton Supplies / Morlock Signs and Tennant Signs. Additional to the supply of the project signage and equipment, HTM had their sign manufacturing department on standby to deal with any ad hoc signage requirements during the games.

HTM were also heavily involved with the Queen’s Baton Relay, supporting the events in both Sandwell and Birmingham. This involvement included assessing and planning route infrastructure such as road closures along with permanent and semi-permanent traffic management (TM) solutions to assist the safe passage of relay participants and the ongoing movement of the route.

There were also been additional requirements in terms of VMS packages, advance warning signs of notifications of route progress and road closures on baton relay days, whilst additional TM packages have been designed to minimise disruption and effectiveness of the routes, in terms of facilitating the baton convoy movements throughout the relay calendar.

Delivery on relay days was heavily supported at all locations along the route with not only TM but also marshalls, road closure operatives and section supervisors, including a “tail end Charlie“ to reconfigure road closures to minimise disruption on the local networks as little as possible.

“We had experience of supporting similar events for the Olympics Torch Relay in 2012 which had similar protocols, procedures and high expectations for deliver, so we were able to apply the same knowledge and experience to the Commonwealth Games. It’s a great honour to be involved in such a momentous occasion,” said Ross Simpson, Contracts Manager

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