Get set for the Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are coming – and Sandwell is part of the action! What does my Sandwell business need to know about transport, possible disruption and opportunities in the coming months?

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Learn about the Sandwell Aquatics Centre

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick is the only brand new venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It will be in use for all eleven days of the competition, hosting the swimming and para swimming competition from 29 July to 3 August, and the diving competition from 4 to 8 August.

* Learn about the Sandwell Aquatics Centre at Sandwell Council’s Celebrate Sandwell website.
* Find out how to get to Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on foot or by bike, train, bus, taxi or car.

Plan for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

More than one million spectators are expected to travel to the Games, so the road and public transport network in our region will be much busier than normal. This of course brings opportunities, as well as potential disruptions, and planning ahead is critical.

The Birmingham 2022 website has an excellent ‘Travel advice for businesses’ page – with data customisable to you and where you may need to go while the Games are underway.

Check out these business briefings and online Q&A sessions, exploring how you and your business may be affected by the Commonwealth Games.

If you run a freight or delivery business you may wish to watch the recording of the ‘Get Set for the Games: Freight & Deliveries’ webinar which took place in April.

In partnership with Transport for West Midlands, the Birmingham 2022 team has also created a downloadable business toolkit to help you communicate changes to your staff and customers.

We will update this page with any news of industrial action involving the railways that could affect transport during the Games.

If your business has a specific Commonwealth Games-related travel enquiry, contact the Commonwealth Games Travel Demand Management Team via

This page was last updated in June 2022.

Celebrate Sandwell, Sandwell Aquatics Centre proud host venue of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games