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|Via:||Watford, Aylesbury, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester|
|Length:||204 miles (328.3 km)|
|Meets:||M1, M5, M25, M40, M42, M53, M54, A1, A5, A34, A40, A49, A51, A53, A55|
|Former Number(s):||A41(M), A51, A464, A529|
|Old route now:||A410, A411, A464, A4140, A4177, A4141, A4251, A4260, B4100, B4100, B4635|
Highways England • Transport for London • Birmingham Council • Buckinghamshire Council • Cheshire East Council • Cheshire West and Chester Council • Hertfordshire Council • Oxfordshire Council • Sandwell Council • Shropshire Council • Solihull Council • Staffordshire Council • Telford and Wrekin Council • Walsall Council • Westminster Council • Wirral Council • Wolverhampton Council
|Route outline (key)|
The A41 is one of the country's longer A-roads. Starting in London it runs via the West Midlands to end in Birkenhead on the Wirral. Although the central section is largely downgraded the road still remains largely primary.
See the following sections for detail:
- A41/Central London - Watford
- A41/Watford - Aylesbury
- A41/Aylesbury - Wendlebury
- A41/Bicester - Solihull
- A41/Solihull - West Bromwich
- A41/West Bromwich - Tong
- A41/Tong - Whitchurch
- A41/Whitchurch - Chester
- A41/Chester - Birkenhead
In 1922 the A41 started on the A5 in Edgware and ran northwestwards via Aylesbury, Banbury and Birmingham to end in Oakengates (now part of Telford) back on the A5. In 1935 the northern end swapped numbers with the A464 so the road continued to Chester before taking over the original western end of the A51 to Birkenhead. The southern end was moved onto the Watford bypass (formerly A500) in the 1950s and then extended along the remainder of that road into Mayfair a few years later. This explains why both ends of the road are on the eastern side of the A5.
Following completion of the M40 in the 1990s the route of the A41 between Bicester and Solihull was bypassed and the road downgraded to persuade traffic onto the new motorway. The majority of the old route is now the B4100.
A busy roundabout in north London, this is where the A1 Barnet bypass and A41 Watford bypass diverge.
Kings Langley Interchange
M25 J20, which gives access into Watford from the north and Hemel Hempstead from the south.
Boughton Heath Roundabout
On the southern edge of Chester the A41 meets the original line of the city's bypass here. Once a normal roundabout this junction is now part hamburger, part teardrop.