Find out which Black Country roads will be closed for the Commonwealth Games swimming and cycling events

The Black Country will take center stage in some events: the Sandwell Aquatic Center will host swimming, para-swimming and diving events from next week.

Then, on August 4, cyclists will cycle through Wolverhampton, Sedgley and Dudley in time trials, with the women’s event covering 28.8km of Black Country roads and the men’s event covering 37.4km.

The scale of the events will result in road closures and changes to parking conditions – see our list of changes here.

Map of road restrictions in Sandwell

At Sandwell, where the aquatic center is used for swimming and diving events, the restrictions began on Thursday July 21.

Then, from July 29, when the swimming events are due to start, much of Sandwell around the Aquatics Center will be subject to restricted parking rules and the section of Manor Road northeast of the Aquatics Center will also require a permit to access.

Roads affected by restricted parking, where a permit will also be required to park, will include the whole of Londonderry Lane, Queen’s Road, Hales Lane, Stony Lane, Devonshire Road, Holly Lane, West Park Road, Victoria Road, St Johns Road and Chemin Warley – see for the full map.

The Commonwealth Games website states: “The parking restrictions are designed to protect residential streets, ensure you can get to your homes safely and reduce spectator parking in restricted areas.​

“To help reduce traffic in and around venues, event spectators will be encouraged to use public transport, the cost of which will be included in their event tickets.

“These areas will be busier than usual, so plan ahead and consider alternatives to driving, such as walking or cycling for shorter journeys, public transport or traveling at different times to avoid rush hours.”

Map of road restrictions in Wolverhampton
Map of road restrictions in Dudley and Sedgley

On August 4, when the men’s and women’s cycling time trials take up much of Wolverhampton and Dudley as well as Himley and Gospel End, dozens of roads will be closed or have restricted parking.

The Games website states: “Roads will be closed in and around the course to ensure the safety of spectators, athletes and residents, and to facilitate the smooth running of the event.

“The majority of these closures will be in place from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on race day, but there are a few exceptions, notably around West Park where the start/finish line is.

“There are also roads with modified traffic conditions in place at the same times.

“Parking will be limited on the entire route from 6 p.m. on Wednesday August 3 until 6 p.m. on Thursday August 4. During this period, it will not be possible for you to park your vehicle on these lanes.

“All vehicles parked on the course will be towed to ensure the safety of athletes, officials and the public. Cars parked on the course will be issued a leaflet to ensure information on parking restrictions and towing is known before that the event takes place.”

The men’s and women’s events take place on August 4, both departing from West Park – the women at 10am to last an hour and a half, and the men from 12am to last three and a half hours.

To facilitate set-up and clean-up after the event, Park Road West between Connaught Road and Summerfield Road will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday August 2 until 6 p.m. on August 5.

  • Albert Road (between Park Road West and Clifford Street)

And these roads, mainly covering the course of the events, will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Kingsland–Wolverhampton Road

  • Park Road East – Wolverhampton

  • Landsdowne Road – Wolverhampton

  • Park Avenue – Wolverhampton

  • Bath Avenue – Wolverhampton

  • High Vauxhall – Wolverhampton

  • Wolverhampton Ring Road – between A449 – Stratford Road and Birmingham Road (A459) (WEST) – Wolverhampton

  • Bath Road between Tettenhall Road A41 and Ring Road St Andrews (A4150) – Wolverhampton

  • Crescent Park – Wolverhampton

  • Ring Road St Andrews (A4150) between Chapel Ash Island and Waterloo Road – Wolverhampton

  • Ring Road St Peters (A4150) between Waterloo Road and Ring Road St Patricks (A4150) Westbound – Wolverhampton

  • Route out of Wolverhampton city centre: Waterloo Road / Darlington Street / Queens Square / Lichfield Street / Princes Street / Market Street / Garrick Street / Cleveland Street / Summer Row / Temple Street (between Bond St and Worcester Street) / Worcester Street. Additional downtown road closures will be in place, except for those listed above, to facilitate downtown travel.

  • Ring Road St Johns (A4150) between Birmingham Road (A449) and Penn Island – Wolverhampton

  • Penn Road Island (A4150) – Wolverhampton

  • St. Marks Bypass (A4150) – Wolverhampton

  • Penn Road (A449) between Penn Road Island and Pinfold Lane – Wolverhampton

  • Rookery Lane – Wolverhampton

  • Goldthorn Hill (A4039) between A449 and A459 – Wolverhampton

  • Wolverhampton Road East / Wolverhampton Road / High Street (A459) between Goldthorn Hill and Bull Ring (Sedgley)

  • A459 in Sedgley Bullring – Sedgley

  • Dudley Street (A459), High Holborn–Sedgley

  • Tipton Street / Sedgley Road (A457) – Sedgley, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton

  • Birmingham New Road, northbound lanes between the A457 and A4037 – Upper Gornal & Woodsetton

  • Priory Road (A4168) – Castle and Priory

  • The Broadway (A459) – Castle and Priory

  • Birmingham Street, Ednam Road, Priory Road, Priory Street, St. James’s Road (between Trinity Road and Stone Street), Parsons Street, Ednam Road, Priory Road (towards The Broadway) – St. James’s

  • The Broadway (A459), Priory Road to Ednam Road – Upper Gornal & Woodsetton

  • Burton Road (between Traquain Drive and the A459) – Upper Gornal

  • Burton Road, Kent Street, Clarence Street, Dudley Street – Upper Gornal

  • Moden Hill – Upper Gornal and Woodsetton, Sedgley

  • Catholic Way – Sedgley

  • Gospel End Street, Gospel End Road, Cotwall End Road – Sedgley

  • Brick oven route – Gornal

  • Himley Road (between Guys Lane and Dudley Road, B1476) – Gornal

  • Dudley Road (B4176) after Himley Hall – Himley

  • Stourbridge Road (A449) – Wolverhampton

  • Wodehouse Lane (A463) – Wolverhampton

  • Penn Road / Sedgley Road / Pennwood Lane – Wolverhampton

  • Church Hill – Wolverhampton

  • Inbound route from Wolverhampton City Centre: Market Square / School Street / Waterloo Street – Wolverhampton

For residents who have to cross the time trial course during the day, the police will operate crossing points between 5 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., and between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Toya J. Bell