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See which Black Country roads will be shut for Commonwealth Games swim and cycle events

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are almost here, with the West Midlands gearing up to welcome millions of competitors and spectators from around the world.

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The Black Country will take centre stage in some events: Sandwell Aquatics Centre will host swimming, para swimming and diving events starting next week.

Then on August 4, cyclists will speed all through Wolverhampton, Sedgley and Dudley in time trial events, with the women's event covering 28.8km of Black Country roads and the men's covering 37.4km.

The scale of the events will mean some road closures and changes to parking conditions - see our list of the changes here.

Sandwell swimming and diving events

The map of road restrictions in Sandwell

In Sandwell, where the aquatics centre is being used for swimming and diving events, restrictions began on Thursday, July 21.

The section of Londonderry Lane immediately south of Sandwell Aquatics Centre is now accessible only to permit-holders - apply for a free permit online at

Then, from July 29, when swimming events are due to get underway, a large area of Sandwell around the aquatics centre will be subject to restricted parking rules and the section of Manor Road to the northeast of the aquatics centre 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 Warley Road - see for the full map.

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

​"To help reduce traffic in and around venues, spectators at the events will be encouraged to use public transport, with the cost included in their event tickets.

​"These areas will be busier than usual so please plan ahead and look at alternatives to driving, like walking or cycling shorter journeys, taking public transport or travelling at a different time to avoid peak times."​

Wolverhampton, Dudley and South Staffordshire cycling time trials

The map of road restrictions in Wolverhampton
The map of road restrictions in Dudley and Sedgley

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

The Games website says: "Roads will be closed inside 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 5am to 6pm on the day of the race, but there are some exceptions, particularly around West Park where the start/finish line is.

"There are also some roads with changed traffic conditions in place at the same times.

"Parking will be restricted along the entire course from 6pm on Wednesday, August 3, until 6pm on Thursday, August 4. During this time, it will not be possible for you to park your vehicle on these roads.

"Any vehicles parked on the course will be towed to ensure the safety of athletes, officials and the public. Cars parked on the course will receive a flyer to help ensure information about parking restrictions and towing is known before the event takes place."

Men's and women's trials are taking place on August 4, both of them leaving from West Park - the women's at 10am to last an hour and a half, and the men's starting at 12pm to last three and a half hours.

To help set up and clear up after the event, Park Road West between Connaught Road and Summerfield Road will be shut from 12.01am on Tuesday, August 2, to 6pm on August 5.

The following roads will be closed on race day, August 4, from 12.01am to 6pm:
  • Park Road West

  • Connaught Road

  • Southgate

  • Summerfield Road

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

And these roads, mainly covering the route of the trials, will be closed from 5am to 6pm:

  • Kingsland Road - Wolverhampton

  • Park Road East - Wolverhampton

  • Landsdowne Road - Wolverhampton

  • Park Avenue - Wolverhampton

  • Bath Avenue - Wolverhampton

  • Upper 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

  • Park Crescent - 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

  • Wolverhampton City Centre Outbound Course: 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 City Centre Road Closures will be in place exclusive of those listed above to facilitate the City Centre Course.

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

  • Penn Road Island (A4150) - Wolverhampton

  • Ring Road St Marks (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 into Sedgley Bull Ring – Sedgley

  • Dudley Street (A459), High Holborn – Sedgley

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

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

  • Priory Road (A4168) – Castle & Priory

  • The Broadway (A459) – Castle & 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 (to 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 & Woodsetton, Sedgley

  • Catholic Lane – Sedgley

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

  • Straits Road – Gornal

  • Summit Place, Gornal

  • Brick Kiln Road – Gornal

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

  • Dudley Road (B4176) past Himley Hall - Himley

  • Stourbridge Road (A449) - Wolverhampton

  • Wodehouse Lane (A463) - Wolverhampton

  • Penn Road / Sedgley Road / Pennwood Lane - Wolverhampton

  • Church Hill - Wolverhampton

  • Wolverhampton City Centre Inbound Course: Market Square / School Street / Waterloo Street - Wolverhampton

For residents who need to cross the route of the time trial during the day, police will operate crossing points between 5am and 9.15am, and between 3.30pm and 6pm.

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