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Ashted Circus

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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.

Ashted Circus now operates as a crossroads, controlled by traffic signals.

Traffic management

All approaches and exits of the roundabout now have overnight lane closures. Heneage Street and Forster Street are one-way eastbound only for traffic. Pedestrian access is maintained in both directions.

Parking in the area is restricted – we advise those working locally to use public transport, walk or cycle.

Pedestrian diversions

The pedestrian subways are closed. Temporary pedestrian crossings are in place on Lawley Middleway and Dartmouth Middleway. A temporary footpath is in operation between Lawley Middleway and Jennens Road, and the diversion routes are be signed.

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.


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

Logo for Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Some of the money for this scheme has been provided by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, as part of the Midlands Engine.

Funding has also been provided by Department for Transport, Transport for West Midlands and Cycle City Ambition Grant.

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