Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Travel Advice

All you need to know about planning train travel for the Games.

Birmingham will be welcoming sports fans from across the world for the Commonwealth Games between 28 July – 8 August. With more passengers expected to travel by train than normal, we want to ensure you have all the information you need.

Getting to the Games by train

During Birmingham 2022, trains will be busier than normal, especially on Game routes just before and just after an event. To help you have a smooth and more comfortable journey, check out our latest train travel advice below.

Book tickets before you travel

We advise you to plan in advance and book your train tickets to Birmingham ahead of time. You can book your tickets online, or via our London Northwestern Railway app.

For venues in the West Midlands, your Games ticket includes access to public transport in the local area on the day of your event. You can find out more on the official Birmingham 2022 website.

Book train tickets

Avoid busier times

Trains will be busier than usual on routes with ‘hub stations’ (hub stations detailed below). If possible, we advise you to avoid our busier times which are:

  • 07.30 – 09.30 (Monday – Friday)
  • 16.00 – 18:30 (Monday – Friday)

If you can, please work from home during the Games and check your train times before you travel with the online Journey Planner.

Timetable changes

Our priority during Birmingham 2022 is to run our train service as reliably as possible. For most routes, our usual timetables will be in operation. However, we’ve made some small changes to help with capacity - which are live in the online journey planner and the downloadable timetables page.

View the online journey planner

Please note: Downloadable timetables for West Midlands Railway services can be found here.

Key stations / venues

During Birmingham 2022, the following stations have been identified as hub stations for travel to/from Games venues. As a result, these stations will be busier on the following dates.

  • Birmingham International (for the NEC) will be busier between 29 July - 7 August.
  • Coventry Arena and Coventry (for Coventry Stadium) will be busier between 29 July - 3 August.
  • Stafford (for Cannock Chase) will be busier on 3 August.
  • Wolverhampton (for West Park and onward connections to/from Sandwell Aquatics Centre) will be busier between 29 July – 7 August.
  • London Euston (for Lee Valley Velo Park) will be busier between 29 July - 1 August.

You can find information regarding stations / services on the West Midlands Railway network over on their website.

On board travel advice

  • Our bins on board will be emptied whenever possible, but with the additional customers we are anticipating, they will fill up fast! Please use bins at venues and stations before you board trains. If you do bring rubbish onboard, please use the bins available or take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Just like our bins, our toilets are likely to fill up quickly too, and towards the end of the day toilets on services may be out of use. We’re providing additional portable toilets at stations, you’re advised to use the toilets at the event venue, or station before boarding.

Booking passenger assistance

If you require assistance with your journey, you can book assistance in advance, up to two hours before your travel.

Alternatively, you can turn up and go, but we do anticipate that our services will be busier than usual during the Games. Therefore, we ask you to provide as much notice as possible to ensure our teams can offer the best service they can.