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A38(M) motorway
Aston Expressway
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Route information
Maintained by Birmingham City Council
Length:2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Existed:1972 – present
History:Opened and completed: 1972
Major junctions
North end:Gravelly Hill
M6 motorway
South end:Birmingham city centre
Counties:West Midlands
Birmingham city centre
Road network

The A38(M), usually called the Aston Expressway, is a short motorway in Birmingham, England. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) long. It runs from the M6 at Gravelly Hill Interchange into Central Birmingham. It first opened in 1972, and is part of the long A38 road.[1]

The motorway is strange as it has seven lanes with no barrier in the middle. Electronic signs above the motorway tell drivers which lanes they can use with either a green tick or red cross. Motorcycles are banned from the middle lane because drains on the ground can make them crash.[2]


A38(M) motorway
Northbound exits Junction Southbound exits
Road continues to Erdington as A5127 M6 J6
Gravelly Hill

(Gravelly Hill Interchange)
(52°30′40″N 1°51′58″W / 52.511°N 1.866°W / 52.511; -1.866)

Start of motorway
Lichfield A38 No exit
The SOUTH, Coventry
The NORTH WEST, Wolverhampton M6
Aston A5127
No exit
No exit Park Circus
(52°30′08″N 1°53′02″W / 52.5021°N 1.8839°W / 52.5021; -1.8839)
Aston B4132
Start of motorway Dartmouth Circus
(52°29′32″N 1°53′19″W / 52.4923°N 1.8887°W / 52.4923; -1.8887)
Handsworth, Ladywood, Aston, Small Heath A4540
(Birmingham Inner Ring Road)
Handsworth, Ladywood, Aston, Small Heath A4540
(Birmingham Inner Ring Road)
Road continues as A38 to Birmingham City Centre