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West Midlands by car

We're looking after some of the roads in the region to make driving easier. This includes managing the Key Route Network. This is a collection of the busiest roads in the West Midlands.

Contact your local council to report a problem with a road.

If you're driving somewhere, find out about:

Birmingham is getting a clean air zone If you drive in Birmingham city centre from 1 June 2021, you may need to pay a clean air charge or you’ll get a fine.

If you’re driving to a bus or train station or tram stop, you can use one of our park and ride sites. Most of them are free.

You can get road safety advice from:


Help reduce congestion

There’s a lot of work going on in the West Midlands to improve the way we travel. This includes:

  • improving bus routes
  • extending the tram route
  • building HS2 - Britain’s new high-speed railway


We’ll also get more visitors to the region because of:

  • Coventry City of Culture 2021
  • Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022


This work means roads will be busier than normal. You can help reduce the amount of traffic by:

  • changing the time of your journey - avoid peak times if you can
  • use public transport instead
  • walk or cycle for shorter journeys
  • use a different route - travel apps like Waze and Google Maps can help you plan one


You can also reduce your carbon emissions by:

  • walking or cycling
  • using public transport
  • driving an electric car

Be Aware & Share

There’s been a big increase in the number of people cycling and walking in recent months.

Find advice for drivers and cyclists to be keep everyone safe.

Road Safety

Driver Awareness Guide

New cycle routes have opened on the A34 and A38

Discover the new road layouts for drivers with this Driver Awareness Guide.

Road layouts

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Car Sharing

You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble.

If you need to, there is safety guidance for you to follow.

Car Sharing

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