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We’re really looking forward to welcoming you in Birmingham for the 2019 Smart Transport Conference. With just days to go until the event, we wanted to share some key travel information with you to help your journey to the venue as smooth as possible.

Registration opens from 9:00 with sessions starting at 9:20.  

The full venue address is: 

The International Convention Centre

8 Centenary Square

Birmingham

B1 2EA

Please note: Birmingham city centre is currently undergoing major transport infrastructure investment which means there are changes to pedestrian walk ways around Centenary Square, where Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC) is based. The map below shows you an alternative walking route from New Street Station.

 

Key advice:

Plan ahead: Birmingham city centre is undergoing major infrastructure investment so check your journey before you travel – some city centre roads are closed to all traffic.

Leave enough time for your journey: Registration starts from 09:00 make sure you leave enough time to get to the venue – especially if you are travelling during peak times.

Stick to public transport wherever possible: this is to help reduce congestion in the city.

Arriving by train

The closets station to the ICC is Birmingham New Street which is approximately a 15 mins walk away from the ICC. Birmingham Snow Hill Station and Birmingham Moor Street Station are also within walking distance.
If you’re jumping on the train you may be able to save money on your ticket. Delegates attending an event at the ICC or any NEC venue can get 20% off pre-booked ticket prices when travelling with Virgin Trains. You must show your event ticket along with your Virgin Train ticket when on board for your discount to be valid, more information can be found here.
If you’re local and travelling within the West Midlands there are some fantastic ticket offers from Network West Midlands, an adult return ticket starts from as little as £2.50. Check your journey before you travel and buy tickets in advance with West Midlands Trains.

Driving

The Smart Transport conference is serious about reducing our carbon footprint and reducing congestion in Birmingham city centre, so we ask that you take public transport to the event wherever possible to support us in our mission.
If you do need to drive please consider car sharing and be aware that there are major changes to the road layout in Birmingham city centre, so you will need to leave more time for your journeys. Five Ways underpass is closed to all traffic until 2021 while construction of the Metro is underway. Access via Broad Street is restricted for deliveries and taxis drop off only. Delays are expected in the area so delegates are strongly advised to leave the car at home.