Public transport hits record numbers throughout Commonwealth Games

Spectators, residents, and visitors to the West Midlands helped the region’s public transport network reach record numbers during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Local train, tram, cycle, and bus travel all saw record breaking numbers across the 11 days as hundreds of thousands of sports fans made their way around the region.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), working with transport operators and local authorities, developed, delivered and coordinated transport services for spectators throughout the Games, including running some 600 shuttle buses to and from venues across the region.

Records included:

More than 650,000 spectator journeys on shuttle buses.
Birmingham New Street recording its busiest day since opening, with over 255,000 passengers travelling through the station on Saturday August 6.
The West Midlands Metro patronage doubling its pre-covid numbers.
West Midlands Cycle Hire doubling the number of bike and e-bike rentals with 28,000 hires during the Commonwealth Games.
64,910 parking spaces being booked through the park and ride service across the region throughout the Games, serving approximately 179,800 spectators.

Thousands also made use of regular local bus, rail and tram services which was included with their spectator tickets and staff and volunteer accreditation.