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A4540

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A4540
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Birmingham Middleway
From:  Birmingham (SP077850)
To:  Birmingham (SP077850)
Distance:  6.8 miles (10.9 km)
Meets:  A4167, A435, A441, A38, A456, A457, A41, A34, A38, A38(M), A5127, A47, A45, A34
Former Number(s):  A4167, B4126, B4124, A45, B4143
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Birmingham

Traditional Counties

Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
A4540 Birmingham Middleway

Route

Garrison Circus, Birimingham

The A4540 forms the main ring road around the centre of Birmingham following the removal of the A4400 from the heart of the city centre. With numbered junctions and ring road signing throughout, Birmingham takes its existence very seriously, but as a road it is overcapacity and a long detour for through traffic, which still uses the A38.

There are numerous unrealised plans for the Middleway, for instance plans existed for flyovers at several junctions such as Dartmouth Circus. The road was not completed until the late 1980s, and is a mix of dual two- and three-lane with a few grade-separated junctions, such as the Bristol Street junction along the Belgrave Middleway section. The other main grade separated junction at Five Ways is 'back-to-front', as the minor road travels through an underpass. This was not always the case, as the underpass originally carried the A456.

The Middleway was part of the Birmingham Superprix Circuit in the 1980s, and the roundabout at the eastern end of Belgrave Middleway still retains the run off area for race cars.

The name "Middleway" dates back to when Birmingham had three signed ring roads, the A4400 in the city centre, the A4040 outer ring road and the A4540 Middleway between the two. With the abolition of the A4400 the Middleway became the only ring road. There are now no Class I roads within it with the exception of the A38 which runs straight through.

History

The majority of the A4540 was constructed by upgrading previously existing roads to D2 status. There were a few stretches of new-build, for example to cut off corners. The road's former classification is as follows:

  • A4167 - Haden Circus to Five Ways (much of this was originally numbered B4126)
  • B4126 - Ladywood Road
  • B4124 - Ladywood Circus to Key Hill Circus
  • Unclassified - New John Street
  • A45 (originally B4143) - Dartmouth Circus to Garrison Circus
  • B4143 - Garrison Circus to Camp Hill Circus

Junctions

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
Photo-required.png Haden Circus
Junction 1
A435 / A4167 SP077850
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Photo-required.png Gooch Street
Junction 2
SP073852
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Photo-required.png Belgrave Interchange
Junction 3
A38 / A441 SP068854
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Photo-required.png Wheeley's Lane
Junction 4
SP059859
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Photo-required.png Five Ways
Junction 5
A456 SP056861
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Photo-required.png Ladywood Circus
Junction 6
B4124 / B4126 SP050866
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Photo-required.png Spring Hill
Junction 7
A457 SP055874
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Photo-required.png Warstone Lane
Junction 8
SP055877
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Photo-required.png Key Hill Circus
Junction 9
(A41) / (B4100) SP058882
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Photo-required.png Hockley Circus A41 / B4100 SP057886 On loop of A4540 between Key Hill and Lucas Circuses.
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Photo-required.png Lucas Circus
Junction 10
(A41) SP082856 Formerly known as Boulton Circus
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Photo-required.png Summer Lane
Junction 11
SP065884
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Photo-required.png New Town Row
Junction 12
A34 SP070883
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Photo-required.png Dartmouth Circus
Junction 13
A38 / A38(M) / A5127 SP076882
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Photo-required.png Lister Street
Junction 14
B4133 SP077879
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Photo-required.png Ashted Circus
Junction 15
A47 SP080876 also known as Aston Circus
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Photo-required.png Curzon Circus
Junction 16
B4132 SP082872
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Photo-required.png Garrison Circus
Junction 17
SP084868
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Photo-required.png Bordesley Circus
Junction 18
A45 / B4128 SP086861
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Photo-required.png Camp Hill Circus
Junction 19
A34 / B4100 SP083856
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A4540
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The Bristol Road arrives at the Middleway - Geograph - 56495.jpgInner Birmingham Highway Improvements.jpgP600-1 Text proposing Ring Boulevard for Birmingham (proto-A4540) - Coppermine - 4048.JPGGarrison Circus, A4540 Watery Lane, Birmingham - Geograph - 1189367.jpgMonoliths on Lee Bank Middleway, Five Ways - Geograph - 975275.jpg
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