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Getting Around in Birmingham Bimingham is located at the centre of the UK and therefore at the heart of the motorway network. There’s easy access across the city via the M5, M6, M40, M42 and M54.

Getting around Birmingham in the car is easy, but there is a one way system in operation throughout the city centre and The Bull Ring.

Parking on the street in Birmingham City Centre, the Gun Quarter [map] and the Jewellery Quarter [map] is divided into four zones. All zones are operated on the Pay and Display system using ticket issuing machines. On arrival at a parking area, which is marked at either end by a sign, a ticket must be purchased from a machine and be displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle at the side nearest the pavement.

The operational hours for all parking zones are between 8:00am to 6:00pm Mondays to Saturdays. Motorists are required to pay the appropriate fee between these hours. Details of charges are indicated on the front of each machine.

Parking is limited to a maximum stay of up to two hours in the inner zone and up to four hours in the outer zone, the Jewellery Quarter Zone and the Gun Quarter Zone.

Motorists are strongly advised to consult the plate on the machine for exact details of charges and hours which vary between zones.

Motorists should remember that where ticket machines are in use it is an offence to park without displaying a valid ticket. A penalty charge notice may be issued where no valid ticket is displayed or for overstaying the period of time purchased.

The parking attendants also enforce the yellow line restrictions in Birmingham. If vehicles are found parked contravening the yellow line restrictions they may be issued with a penalty charge notice.

If you’re worried about the safety of your car and don’t want to risk street parking there are more than 50 mult-storey or single storey car parks in and around the city centre.


Car Hire companies operating in Birmingham:

Avis
Address: 3 Layerthorpe, Birmingham, YO2 2AD.
Telephone: 01904 610460
Fax: 01904 612331

BCR Car and Van Rental
Address: The Locomotive Works, Queen Street, Birmingham, YO2 2AD.
Telephone: 01904 656161
Fax: 01904 654040

Enterprise Rent-a-car UK Ltd
Address: 15 Foss Islands Road, Birmingham, YO31 7UL.
Telephone: 01904 623000
Fax: 01904 641829

Hertz Rent-a-car
Address: This company operates from Birmingham railway station
Telephone: 01904 612586

Park and Go Services Ltd
Address: 12/14 Bootham, Birmingham, YO30 7BL
Telephone: 01904 652400
Fax: 01904 659838
Website: http://www.parkandgo.co.uk/birmingham-airport-parking.html

Practical Car & van Rental
Address: Tanners Moat, Lendal Bridge, Birmingham, North Birminghamshire, YO1 6HU
Telephone: 01904 624848
Fax: 01904 658647
Email: practicalBirmingham@aol.co.uk
Website: http://www.practical.co.uk/midlands.html

Thrifty Car Hire
Address: Unit 5, Bentley Park, Osbaldwick Link Road, Birmingham
Telephone: 01904 438844
Fax: 01904 438855
Email: thrifty.Birmingham@thrifty.co.uk

Essential Breakdown Numbers:

The Automobile Association (AA)
Address: Norfolk House
Priestley Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG24 9NY
UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 990 448866
Fax: +44 (0) 1256 493389
Website: www.theaa.com

RAC
Address: RAC Customer Services
PO Box 700
Bristol
BS99 1RB
UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 990 722722
Website: www.rac.co.uk

Green Flag
Address: RAC Customer Services
PO Box 700
Bristol
BS99 1RB
UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 800 000 111
Website: www.greenflag.co.uk

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