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|From:||Little Packington (SP202845)|
|To:||Bassetts Pole (SP147992)|
|Length:||10.2 miles (16.4 km)|
|Meets:||A452, M6, M42, A38|
|Now part of:||A452, A38, A5206|
|Birmingham International Airport •|
|Route outline (key)|
Originally numbered as a route between Leamington, Kenilworth, Coleshill, and Lichfield, the A446 has become something of a shadow of its former self despite being dual-carriageway since the Second World War.
Little Packington - Bassetts Pole
The modern road, being a primary route throughout, and dual carriageway as far as the M42 junction 9, begins by diverging from the A452 near Little Packington. After being met by a slip road from the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the A446 runs alongside the M42 to the M6 at junction 4. Beyond this point to its end, the A446 is intimately tied to the route of the M6 Toll’s.
The road is now shadowed by the M42/M6 Toll as far as M42 junction 9, bypassing Coleshill by way of a fantastic tree lined avenue. From here it reverts to being a single-carriage road, and moves to the east side of the toll road. Half a mile on a recently revamped roundabout serves the A4091 to Tamworth and an off slip from the toll road southbound. The Belfry golf course & hotel is next on the right, then is a long wind up the hill and along to Bassetts Pole pub/roundabout and the road’s end at the A453.
In the 1920s the route began at the junction with the A444 north of Leamington, and headed north-east to cross the A46 at Kenilworth, before reaching the A45 at Stonebridge. This section was renumbered in the 1940s and is today a south-eastward extension of the A452.
The rest of the original route is taken over by the A38 dual carriageway to the Lichfield bypass, and the single carriageway A5206 into the city. The old A446 deviates from this route just north of Bassetts Pole, the A38 taking up the alignment a mile further on, and again in removing a ‘Z’ bend near Swinfen Hall north of the A5.