Ashted Circus

Latest news

  • The Design and Build Contractor is McPhillips Wellington Ltd.
  • Construction began on 5 February 2018 and will last for approximately 52 weeks, with roadworks mostly being carried out overnight, 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday.
  • All approaches and exits of the roundabout now have overnight lane closures.
  • Temporary pedestrian crossings are being installed on Lawley Middleway and Dartmouth Middleway. Once these are working:
    • Heneage Street and Forster Street will become one-way eastbound only for traffic. Pedestrian access will be maintained in both directions.
    • The pedestrian subways will close, with footway closures restricting access to roundabout footways and access ramps. A temporary footway between Lawley Middleway and Jennens Road will be opened and diversion routes will be signed.
  • Parking in the area is restricted – we advise those working locally to use public transport, walk or cycle.

Project overview

Ashted Circus roundabout forms part of the north east section of the Birmingham ring road (A4540). It provides access to Aston University and Birmingham City University, Eastside, and the planned Curzon Street High Speed 2 station. The roundabout suffers from traffic congestion and delays especially during peak commuting times. We will be changing the junction to a cross roads, controlled with traffic signals.

The project is an important part of the long term, Birmingham Connected vision to support the growth of Birmingham by transforming the city’s transport network.

We are encouraging everyone to consider their travel choices, especially for shorter journeys, and use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible.

During construction it will be necessary to divert pedestrians around the works area and close the existing subways before they are filled in.

Signalised pedestrian crossings will be installed on Dartmouth Middleway and Lawley Middleway.

To ensure these pedestrian crossings operate safely, it is essential that Heneage Street and Forster Street become one-way for traffic during the construction period. Diversion signage will be in place to re-direct traffic during this period.


In February 2015 we asked local residents and businesses for their views on the proposed design, and we held an exhibition which was attended by members of the design team to allow people to ask us questions.

In December 2017 we held an afternoon ‘Meet The Contractor’ Event for local people and businesses at Nechells Community Wellbeing Centre, which was staffed by BCC Officers and by members of the designers and constructors of the new Ashted Circus junction layout.

Planned Improvements

Planned improvements on completion of the scheme at Ashted Circus will include:

  • roundabout converted to a signalised cross road junction, including a left turn slip on A47 Nechells Parkway. U-turns prohibited at the junction.
  • pedestrian subways removed and replaced with new footways at road level and signal controlled toucan crossings.
  • bus lanes on the Jennens Road and Nechells Parkway approaches altered to suit the new junction layout.
  • cycle lanes provided on B4114 Jennens Road (inbound and outbound) and on the A47 Nechells Parkway (inbound).
  • unsegregated shared use footway/cycleway provided to connect to existing advisory cycle routes. This includes an unsegregated shared use footway/cycleway on the A47 Nechells Parkway (outbound).
  • parking bay on A47 Nechells Parkway removed.
  • trees and shrubs removed from a number of areas. New landscaping including planting of trees in new verge areas.

View plan for Ashted Circus


The capital cost was partially funded by the Department for TransportTransport for West Midlands, Cycle City Ambition Grant, and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership through Enterprise Zone funds.