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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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This summer will see the Commonwealth Games 2022 come to Birmingham and the West Midlands. It runs from 28 July to 8 August and is set to be the biggest sporting and cultural event to be held in the West Midlands, with thousands taking part and millions anticipated to watch.  

CrossCountry is working with industry partners and Games organisers to make sure we can offer the best service we can during this busier than usual time. We call at several stations which serve venues for different events including: 

The Games will demonstrate the very best of Britain to the world, showcasing the region’s strengths in being well connected and accessible, the youth and inclusivity of locals, and a focus on regeneration and rejuvenation.  

Plan ahead – book in advance 

Services into Birmingham New Street and local stations are likely to be busier than usual and a queuing system will be in place at Birmingham New Street, so plan ahead and check before you travel. Book your train tickets in advance so you can reserve seats and travel to the games comfortably. 

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Queen’s Baton

The Queen's Baton returns to England on 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions, with activities and notable visits planned throughout. The Baton could be coming to a location near you. Find the location closest to you by using this Baton relay route map.

Travel information

Trains will be busier than normal on route to/ from Birmingham between 28 July - 8 August. Please see our busiest train travel times below:

These updates are provided by National Rail Enquiries, using the latest information from across the rail network.

Event Venue Map


Events: Badminton, Boxing, Netball, Table Tennis, Weightlifting

Directions from Birmingham International

Alexander Stadium

Events: Opening/Closing Ceremony, Athletics

Directions from Birmingham New Street

Arena Birmingham

Events: Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic)

Directions from Birmingham New Street

CBS Arena

Events: Judo, Rugby Sevens, Wrestling

Directions from Coventry

Edgbaston Stadium

Events: Cricket

Directions from Birmingham New Street

Sandwell Aquatics Centre  

Events: Aquatics ( Swimming and diving)

Directions from Sandwell and Dudley

Sutton Park

Events: Trialathon

Directions from Birmingham New Street

Victoria Park

Events: Lawn Bowls

Directions from Leamington Spa

University of Birmingham

Events: Hockey, Squash

Directions from University

West Park Wolverhampton

Events: Cyling (Time trial)

Directions from Wolverhampton

Discover Birmingham 

Birmingham is the home of the 22nd Commonwealth games. Birmingham is packed with fun-filled activities and vibrant culture, cemented with diverse history.  The City boasts more canals than Venice! There is a plethora of Free things to do in Birmingham such as the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery . Please check our blog for more inspiration for activity in Birmingham.

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Passenger Assistance 

Services are likely to be extremely busy during the Games and we want all our customers to have access to our services. If you require any assistance, please consider booking Passenger Assistance in advance. Visit our Travel Assistance page for more information.   

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