VIDEO | Roundabout to be removed to speed up traffic
A busy roundabout on Birmingham’s city centre ring road is to be converted into a traffic light crossroads under an £8 million scheme to ease traffic congestion.
Ashted Circus, which links Nechells Parkway, Jennens Road and the Lawley Middleway, will be demolished in a bid to improve morning rush-hour journey times around the ring road by more than 30 per cent.
IT means that a series of junctions, from the A34 Newtown Row to Bordesley Circus, will be controlled by linked traffic lights to speed up traffic flows to the east of the city centre.
The works will mean up to a year of disruption for commuters. Trees will be removed and replanted from the island during the spring and full scale work is expected to start in August 2017 and finish in July next year.
It is the latest roundabout to be altered following the completion of a major upgrade of the Bordesley Circus island last year.
Plans for Ashted Circus initially involved slip roads being added on approaches but were scrapped as too expensive, requiring private land to be secured and major structural works.
A report to the council’s cabinet said: “It is proposed to take forward the traffic signal junction layout as it will provide the traffic benefits to support economic growth and also offer scope for traffic flow management, through ‘linking’ the traffic signals, along the ring road between Dartmouth Middleway and Bordesley Circus.”
Regional business investment group the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is paying £5.5 million towards the project.