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Birmingham City Council

Ring Road Pinch Points

Improvements at key roundabout junctions to improve access and reduce congestion.

The City’s Ring Road plays a vital role in providing access to the city centre, with improvements required to reduce congestion and accommodate key developments proposed as part of the Enterprise Zone. It is therefore proposed to take forward a package of initial improvements at Holloway Circus, Curzon Circle, Bordesley Circus and Haden Circus to enable growth in the Westside area, Digbeth, Eastside and support developments in Southside, specifically New Street Station and the new John Lewis department store.

Proposals are also being developed for Ashted Circus.

The proposals for the five junctions are currently at the development stage, below is an outline of the proposals being developed.

Bordesley Circus -A4540 Watery Lane Middleway / B4128 Coventry Road / A45 Small Heath Highway

A scheme to provide a signal-controlled one-way ‘hamburger’ lane through the centre of the roundabout, from A45 Small Heath Highway to the A4540 Ring Road north arm (Watery Lane Middleway) is being developed. The proposals include controlled pedestrian crossings on the main arms of the roundabout and a signal control of the informal cycle crossing point over the Ring Road to the north of the junction.

Haden Circus -A4540 Belgrave Middleway / A4540 Highgate Middleway / A4167 Highgate Road / A435 Haden Way

Proposals to provide a segregated left slip lane from Belgrave Middleway to Highgate Middleway and maintaining a flow on the Ring Road are being developed.

Holloway Circus -  A38 Suffolk Street Queensway / Smallbrook Queensway / A38 Bristol Street / B4127 Holloway Head

The main proposals include a segregated left turn slip from Smallbrook Queensway westbound to Horse Fair and a segregated left turn slip from Holloway Head to Suffolk Road northbound.

Ashted Circus- A4540 Lawley Middleway / B4114 Jennens Road / A4540 Dartmouth Middleway / A47 Nechells Parkway

Plans to reconfigure the Ashted Circus junction are at early stage of development. Consultation for this project is expected in 2014/15 subject to funding being secured.

Curzon Circle - A4540 Lawley Middleway / B4132 Vauxhall Road / Curzon Street.

If HS2 proceeds it is likely the existing roundabout will be replaced with a signalised crossroads junction. The measures to be implemented as part of the Pinch Point proposals are currently being prepared and are expected to be relatively minor in nature.

Public exhibitions for these schemes will be staged at the places and times as shown below. The public is invited to attend and discuss their views with Birmingham City Council officers who will be in attendance.

Public Exhibition Details


Opening Time

Date (July 2014) and Time

Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square,
Broad Street,
B1 2ND
Tel:  0121 242 4242

Mon to Fri:  8am - 8pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm

Wed, 9th July, 10am- 5:30pm
Mon, 14th July, 10am- 5:30pm
Sat, 19th July, 9:00am- 5:00pm

Stanhope Hall Community Centre
Emily Street,
B12 0XG
Tel: 0121 446 5389

Mon to Thurs: 9am - 4pm
Friday: 7:30am - 11pm
Sat: Closed

Tue, 1st July: 11am - 4pm
Thurs, 10th July: 11am - 4pm
Thurs, 17th July: 11am - 4pm

Phoenix Hall
1 Towpath Close,
Bordesley Village,
B9 4QA
Tel: 0121 753 1780

Mon to Thurs: 10am - 2pm
Fri: 10am - 12 noon
Sat: 10am - 2pm

Fri, 4th July, 11am - 6pm
Sat, 5th July, 10am - 4pm
Mon, 7th July, 11am - 6pm

Small Heath Library
Muntz Street
B10 9RX
Tel: 0121 464 6155

Mon: 9am - 5.30pm
Tues: 9am - 5.30pm
Wed: Closed
Thurs: 12 noon - 7pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm

Thurs, 3rd July, 12noon - 6:30pm
Tue, 8th July, 10am -  5pm
Sat, 12th July, 9am to 4:30pm

Pinch Points Contact Information

To discuss these proposals further, please contact us by email:

Comments can also be provided in writing to:

Infrastructure Projects,
Birmingham City Council,
PO Box 16719
Birmingham B2 2GA