Paradise Circus

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Paradise Circus
Location Map ( geo)
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View over Paradise Circus
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Location
Birmingham City Centre
County
Warwickshire
Highway Authority
Birmingham
Junction Type
Grade separated roundabout
Roads Joined
A4400, A38, A457, A456
Junctions related to the A4400
Holloway Circus • Lancaster Circus • Masshouse Circus • St Chads Circus • St Martins Circus
Junctions related to the A457
Spring Hill
Junctions related to the A456
Five Ways (Birmingham) • Quinton Interchange • Woofferton Crossroads

Paradise Circus is a large gyratory on the former A4400 Birmingham Inner Ring Road (now A38) connecting the western radials of the city centre with the Queensway system. Despite the name, it is anything but paradise as the gyratory flows around in concrete cuttings and tunnels with sliproads merging and exiting at all opportunities.

The A38 passes underneath in a tunnel and avoids the weaving movements caused by this junction.

History

Alternative plan for the junction with tunnels shown in grey
Various designs for the junction were drawn up before the eventual design was chosen and built. The simplest consisted of small roundabouts with no grade separation. The most interesting was very similar to the junction as we know it but with a freeflow link to the A457. The tunnel would have been shorter and emerged before rounding the curve into Great Charles St.

In December 2014 it was announced that the tunnel forming the eastern side of the roundabout will be removed and all traffic currently using the gyratory will use its western side. The main A38 tunnels are unaffected.



Paradise Circus
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Other nearby junctions
BirminghamAshted Circus • Belgrave Interchange • Bickenhill Interchange • Birches Green • Bordesley Circus • Camp Hill Circus • Castle Bromwich Interchange • Catshill Interchange • Coleshill Interchange • Copt Hill Interchange • Curzon Circus • Dartmouth Circus • Five Ways (Birmingham) • Garrison Circus • Gooch Street • Gravelly Hill • Great Barr Interchange • Haden Circus • Heybarne's Circus • Hockley Circus • Holloway Circus • Hopwood Park Interchange • Key Hill Circus • Ladywood Circus • Lancaster Circus • Lister Street • Longbridge Island (Birmingham) • Lucas Circus • Lydiate Ash • Masshouse Circus • Minworth Island • Monkspath Interchange • New Town Row • Oldbury Interchange • Park Circus • Perry Barr Interchange • Poets Corner • Quinton Interchange • Ray Hall • Spitfire Island • Spring Hill • St Chads Circus • St Martins Circus • Stonebridge Interchange • Summer Lane • Swan Island • The Black Horse Junction • The Isaac Tongue Junction • The Norton Crossroads • The Scott Arms • Tyburn House Island • Umberslade Interchange • Warstone Lane • Water Orton Interchange • Wells Green • West Bromwich Interchange • Wheeleys Lane • Yew Tree Island
Junctions on the A38
Bodmin - ExeterCallywith • Toll Gate House • Carminow Cross • Turfdown Roundabout • Twelvewoods Roundabout • Looe Mills • Moorswater • Island Shop • Lean Quarry • Menheniot • Trerulefoot Roundabout • Notter Bridge • Stoketon Cross • Latchbrook • Carkeel Roundabout • Saltash Town • St Budeaux • Weston Mill • Manadon • Forder Valley • Marsh Mills • Deep Lane • Voss Farm • Smithaleigh • Lee Mill • Westover • Wrangaton Cross • Woodpecker • Marley Head • Drybridge • Lower Dean • Dart Bridge • Peartree • Linhay Hill • Goodstone Cross • Drumbridges • Clay Lane • Chudleigh Station • Harcombe • Haldon • Splatford Split • Kennford • Wobbly Wheel • Pearce's Hill • Cullumpton
Tiverton - BristolTiverton Parkway • Waterloo Cross • Maiden Down • Perry Elm Roundabout • Chelston Roundabout • Chelston • Creech Castle • Walford Cross • Huntworth • Cross Rifles Roundabout • Dunball Roundabout • Edithmead • Cornhill • East Brent Roundabout • Cross • Churchill Gate Crossroads • Barrow Tanks • Lime Kiln Roundabout • Bedminster Bridge
Bristol - BirminghamSt James Barton • Filton Roundabout • Aztec West • Almondsbury Roundabout • Cross Keys Roundabout • Waterwells Roundabout • Wall's Roundabout • Coombe Hill • Gupshill Roundabout • Twyning • Rashwood • Slideshow Island • Harvester Island • Lydiate Ash • The Black Horse Junction • The Isaac Tongue Junction • Belgrave Interchange • Holloway Circus  • Paradise Circus  • St Chads Circus  • Lancaster Circus  • Dartmouth Circus • Park Circus
Birmingham - MansfieldGravelly Hill • Salford Circus • Birches Green • The Norton Crossroads • Tyburn House Island • Minworth Island • Langely Mill • Bassetts Pole • Weeford • Swinfen • Streethay • Hillards Cross • Barton Turn • Branston Junction • Clay Mills • Toyota Island • Findern • Kingsway Roundabout • Markeaton Island • Palm Court Island • Little Eaton Roundabout • Coxbench • Hartshay • Alfreton • Pinxton