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hello everyone 

I had to go to the NEC for a couple of days last month 

using google maps i followed the route using mainly cycle paths from Erdington to NEC

its a nice ride there and I enjoyed it, until the path and google maps brings you out on to the B4438 and tells me to go over the little island to enter NEC grounds, but path was blocked by locked gates which I climbed over..

after searching the NEC web site there is nothing to tell Walkers or Bikers how to get to the site or where to park nothing, 

so email to NEC asking why?  

email back states 

"Park at the Railway Station and use the link bridge to access the NEC" 

have emailed the Virgin Trains asking if that is best idea for visiting the NEC will up date when I have response 

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going to have a ride up there on sunday to have a nose  
LS said:

Here is the bike hub at Birmingham International train station -

http://www.falco.co.uk/projects/bespoke-cycle-hub-for-birmingham-in...

It says it has an access system so i'm not sure if there's a charge.

It's located behind the taxi rank

Virgin were handing out free welcome packs for the bike hub from the desks at BHI - a pair of bobby dodgers and reflective stickers - and its either a PIN or an RFID access. There is also a Brompton Hire point, but it doesn't seem to be activated yet.

With current security issues it would appear that the access underpass from the East end to the taxi rank to the perimeter road has been closed up, although there is a footbridge with massive number of steps

I park my Brompton in the cloakroom for £1 (the price has not changed in 10 years!), and I'd guess that a compact folding bike of any sort would be accepted. (Bromptons of course can be hired from New Street & other locations) I've never tred to put a bike in the cloakroom but...... it might be worth a try? (even if you offer to pay a double luggage fee?)

I often stop overnight in Leicester and cycle from Coleshill Parkway via Chelmsley Wood on the back-road towards Marston Green giving you options to head for the North Gate and Premier Inn North NEC which used to have a gap in the fence, (and now has bits missing but you have to duck under the top rail...) or carry on round to Bickenhill Road and the Ramada Hotel where there is a service road access junction to a barrier controlled entry but a pedestrian access over the kerb line in the hotel car park. There is a big speed display on the way South of Chelmsley Wood which can be fun to habble, as it seems to display from 20-25mph upwards, on a decent clear straight....

For events in Hall 6 upwards, arriving by train, you have the option of using the lift at the point the walkway enters the Hall 1-5 complex and that long carpeted corridor. This lift is rarely busy. Best route is to turn West and follow the road around the outside.

There us a similar egress route - often closed off that connects to the road access from the car park under the Genting casino & hotels complex at the East end and connecting directly to the M42/A45 roundabout (AKA 4-6 lane race circuit). A word about this one - the main (only) access to the National Motocycle Museum is a (footway-free) spur off this roundabout. A supreme challenge is to get there (on foot) from Birmingham International Station. A slightly less challenging option is to cycle there, where you have the 'advantage' of traffic signals controlling the starting grids on the roundabout and egress from the Southbound M42. More difficult is getting out across 2 lanes of traffic urgently accelerating to join the M42 (or not - depending on the time of day), and joining 3-4 lanes going round the island.

Out via Bickenhill Road might get you on to Browns Lane or the road to Solihull. I once left a show at the same time as a coach picking up directly outside the halls. It passed me about halfway between the A 45 and the Solihull bypass and I passed it in the queue waiting at the lights for the by-pass junction. It effectively caught up with me again as I headed in to Solihull Station, and it passed the roundabout at the spur to the station.

Do make loads of ascerbic comments any time you attend an event at the Motorcycle Museum, about its convenient accessibility from the rail station and bus routes..... Do also keep asking Solihull/Brompton Hire, when the NEC/BHI hire point will be activated.

Attachments:

Rest of freebie pack - including bobby dodgers

Attachments:

what are bobby dodgers? 

Presumably poor output lights that aren't much use, other than to confirm that the bike is fitted with lights.

Emergency lights

****UPDATE*****

to my 2nd Email to Virgin Trains    and i get.......   two more free first class return tickets on the west coast line

already sent 3rd email in going to run out of email address at this rate.  

But if you fancy free tickets email  Customer.Relations@virgintrains.co.uk asking if we "cyclists" should be using the Station as a bike park to visit the NEC 

Are the free tickets just to Birmingham International or to anywhere? I fancy a trip to Scotland.

Pete Woodcock said:

****UPDATE*****

to my 2nd Email to Virgin Trains    and i get.......   two more free first class return tickets on the west coast line

already sent 3rd email in going to run out of email address at this rate.  

But if you fancy free tickets email  Customer.Relations@virgintrains.co.uk asking if we "cyclists" should be using the Station as a bike park to visit the NEC 

Rather than delay things further, we'd like to offer you two First Class return tickets with Virgin Trains as an apology for the delay to our reply and on the basis that these would be accepted by you as a full and final settlement of your complaint. These tickets can be booked on virgintrains.com using your unique PINs which are ********** and ***********. They can be used for any return journey on Virgin Trains West Coast — whether that be from London to Edinburgh or a shorter journey — and at any time of the day or week. We really don't mind — the choice is yours. The tickets are valid until March 2018 so there is no rush to use them... we hope that you'll accept this goodwill offer on the above basis. If you do, and decide to use the tickets, we will then consider your complaint settled in full.

Wow. I'd be looking at a city break in Edinburgh or Glasgow!

Pete Woodcock said:

Rather than delay things further, we'd like to offer you two First Class return tickets with Virgin Trains as an apology for the delay to our reply and on the basis that these would be accepted by you as a full and final settlement of your complaint. These tickets can be booked on virgintrains.com using your unique PINs which are ********** and ***********. They can be used for any return journey on Virgin Trains West Coast — whether that be from London to Edinburgh or a shorter journey — and at any time of the day or week. We really don't mind — the choice is yours. The tickets are valid until March 2018 so there is no rush to use them... we hope that you'll accept this goodwill offer on the above basis. If you do, and decide to use the tickets, we will then consider your complaint settled in full.

Is there a charge for the key fob for the bike shelter, and can you just turn up and get one quickly, during a morning commute?

I know it is in the middle of nowhere, but so many fast travel links from around Birmingham International that safe bike parking would make a big difference if people make the effort to use it.

Access from the south is "easier". Up the good cycle path along Catherine De Barnes lane, then either up clock lane using the cycle route to the airport (but this will take you all over the place) or across the roundabout onto the triple carriageway Bickenhill Lane, then less scary after right  turn at next roundabout.

They seem to be doing something to the truly truly scary M42/A45 roundabout that involves footpaths etc. I went around this roundabout early during the works and before the paths were open,  to get to Internaltional station when my Hampton In arden train was cancelled. At that stage the roundabout had become even more scary, especially the exit slipway onto Westbound A45 - traffic just off the motorway with entry sliproads on both your left and right at almost the same time!   

Its hard to see what the plan is for pedestrians and cyclists when driving around currently.

Thank you!

*****UPDATE!!!****


Virgin have answered the email 

Dear Mr Woodcock,

Thank you for your email, which we received on 09/06/2017 regarding parking at Birmingham International.

After looking into this further for you I can confirm you can use the car parking facilities at Birmingham International even if you are visiting the NEC. 

For further information regarding our Car Park including prices please see the following link https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/stations-destinations/regions/west-m....

We hope that’s answered your question. If you want to ask us something else, tweet us @VirginTrains or speak to one of our lovely team on live chat. Or you could check out our helpful FAQs.

If you still can't find what you're looking for, simply reply to this email and a member of our team will get in touch as soon as they can. There is no need to include the details of your query again, unless you're sending us any extra info such as your address, tickets or booking details.

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Ashley Paynter
Customer Resolutions Advisor

its not the right answer but its an answer :) , I have written back 

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