March 6th saw the official opening of McPhillips’ £4.85m Ashted Circus Ring Road Pinch Point junction improvement scheme delivered for Birmingham City Council.
The new junction was opened by Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, with the ceremony also including the burial of a time capsule which will give people in the future a glimpse of how life was in 2019. The capsule was buried with assistance from Roqaya Raik, a pupil at Cromwell Primary School, who won a competition with her drawing of how the junction may look in the future.
Cllr Zaffar said: “This is a major junction on the city’s ring road and a key access point to the city centre, universities, Eastside and the forthcoming HS2 Curzon Station, handling nearly 75,000 vehicles a day.”
“However, as a roundabout it was subject to peak-time congestion and the subways were unattractive to pedestrians and cyclists, so I am delighted that these much-needed improvements are now in place.”
“They will help to keep our city moving by enabling better management of traffic and providing improved road safety for all users – and while the new junction will not have an official name and is no longer a roundabout, I’m sure many people will continue to refer to it Ashted Circus.”
Chris Loughran, Deputy Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Not only will the new junction improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, along with traffic flow in and around the city, but it will also provide development opportunities, as part of the wider interventions by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, that will create a significant number of new jobs and support economic growth to the Greater Birmingham area.”
McPhillips’ Contracts Director Andrew Dunham commented: “At McPhillips we are pleased to have delivered this complex project for the authority on-time and budget with minimal disruption to the surrounding area.”