Commuters returning to work today were met with the start of road closures as part of the £500 millionParadise Circus development.

As the Post previously reported, the major regeneration scheme will bring with it a host of transport issues as buildings interlinked with routes through the city centre are stripped and demolished.

The work will affect the Paradise Circus Queensway junctions with Broad Street, Sand Pits and Summer Row.

Four bus routes will be diverted from today (Monday), while lane restrictions for drivers will be enforced from January 10.

Work to clear out the Central Library building is set to begin and it will be knocked down within a matter of months.

Contractors said “significant disruption and delays” should be expected during the first phase of works, which will last for approximately 18 months.

However, the project is expected to be completed in 2025 and could create up to 15,000 jobs.

Rob Groves, senior project director with Argent, who is leading the project, told the Post in December: “This development is one of the biggest of its type outside of central London, with commercial office space, to have happened in a decade.

“It’s going to be a few minutes away from New Street, it will potentially have a Metro stop outside its front door and is right in the heart of the city.

“We believe it’s one of the best located and best opportunities for this type of development outside the capital when you see the fantastic buildings surrounding it such as the Council House and Town Hall.”