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Bassetts Pole

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Bassett's Pole
Location Map ( geo)
Approaching the Bassetts Pole island - Geograph - 14778.jpg
Approaching Bassett's Pole from the north
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Near Sutton Coldfield
Highway Authority
Junction Type
Signalised roundabout
Roads Joined
A38, A453, A446
Junctions related to the A453
Junctions related to the A446
The fingerpost outside the pub of the same name

Bassett's Pole is a roundabout on the A38 in Staffordshire serving the A453 and A446.

According to a plaque on the pole itself, the name comes from Lord Bassett of Drayton who erected a boundary pole here in the reign of King John and the year of our Lord 1201, on the border between the counties of Stafford and Warwick.


The previous crossroads, shown in 1972
Blue, violet and orange BNRR scheme layout

The junction was originally a crossroads where the A446 and A453 met. In the early 1970s the Sutton Coldfield Bypass opened and the junction became a large roundabout with space for future grade separation.

In the 1980s the A446(M) Birmingham Northern Relief Road was planned to run along the A38 and an underpass would be built. All the route options passed through Bassett's Pole so the junction would be the same regardless of which route was chosen. However the slip roads on the north side of the junction would vary according to the northern section route. The brown and green routes would have followed the A38 to Weeford Interchange so the north facing slip roads would mirror those on the south side of the junction. The blue, violet and orange routes would have headed northwestwards so an extra fork junction is provided to maintain a link to the A38. There is no direct link to the BNRR main carriageways so traffic between the A38 and the south has to use the roundabout. The green route was chosen so the simpler layout was proceeded with.

However, in the late 1980s the decision to build the BNRR as a privately financed toll road changed the proposals again. The M6 Toll was built offline to the west of the junction so no major changes were necessary. The only changes since then has been the widening of the approaches to the roundabout and the installation of traffic lights in 2006.


Route To Notes


Birmingham, Birmingham Airport (via toll road)


Burton, Derby






Sutton Coldfield


Lichfield Now part of the A38


The N. West (M6 North), Cannock, Burton, Lichfield


London, Coventry (M6, M42)

Bassetts Pole
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Bassets Pole - Coppermine - 15550.jpgA453 - Concrete evidence - Coppermine - 15548.jpgApproaching the Bassetts Pole island - Geograph - 14778.jpgBassetts Pole Public House and signpost - Geograph - 369725.jpgBassetts Pole BNRR.png
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