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Brownhills
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County : Staffordshire
Authority
Walsall
Forward Destination Roads
M6 Toll, A5, A452, A461
Next Primary Destinations
Birmingham  • Cannock  • Leamington  • Lichfield  • Nuneaton  • Tamworth  • Walsall
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Wolverhampton
Primary Destinations on the A5

Bangor

Betws-y-Coed

Brent Cross

Cannock

Central London

Dunstable

Hinckley

Holyhead

Kilburn

Llangollen

London

Milton Keynes

Oswestry

Rugby

Shrewsbury

St Albans

Tamworth

Telford

West End

Primary Destinations on the A452

Birmingham International Airport

Royal Leamington Spa

Primary Destinations on the A461

Dudley

Stourbridge

Walsall

Brownhills is a small town in the Traditional County of Staffordshire, east of Cannock and north of Walsall, near to the A5 and M6 Toll. It is traditionally a mining town.

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History

Brownhills in 1920

Brownhills lies just to the south of the A5 Watling Street, although its urban area has now extended northwards to encompass the A5 within its boundaries. The town is historically relatively undefined, and has only really grown in the twentieth century, meaning that there is not a single focus for the road network in the area. This is most obviously shown by the lack of classified road junctions within the town centre itself: Brownhills Bridge marks the northern extent of the town centre, whilst the junction of A452 and B5011 marks the southernmost point. The A452 and A461 meet at Shire Oak rather than in Brownhills proper, and the A5 passes through the separate area of Brownhills West and the 1950s-1960s development of New Town.

There are very few differences between the modern road network and that created in the original 1922 road numbering scheme. Other than minor realignments, the A452 and A461 are identical to those in 1922, and the A5 saw improvement to a dual carriageway in the 1960s.

Of the original B-class network, the B4155 west of Brownhills Bridge was upgraded to A4124 in the 1970s, whilst the B4152 originally came no further north than Aldridge, with the extension to Brownhills coming before 1946, taking over part of the original B4153, which ran all the way to the A452 near Anchor Bridge. The B5011 started life exclusively north of A5 before being moved from its original terminus further to the east to the centre of Newtown, and then through the east of Brownhills to the A452 just north of Anchor Bridge before finally being truncated at the A5, meaning that it is now incorrectly numbered.

Highways Management

The non-trunk roads in Brownhills are maintained by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. The only road maintained by the Highways Agency in the town is the A5, whilst the M6 Toll is managed by Midland Expressway.

Routes

Several routes run through the Brownhills area.

Route To Notes

M6 Toll

The NORTH WEST, (M6 North) Cannock

M6 Toll

The SOUTH, Tamworth, Lichfield

A5

Cannock (M6 North)

A5

Tamworth, Burton (A38), (M42)

A452

Leamington, Birmingham (A38)

A461

Walsall

A461

Lichfield

A4124

Wolverhampton, Pelsall

A5195

Burntwood

B4152

Aldridge

B4153

B4155

Lichfield (A461)

B5011

Burntwood

B4155

Wolverhampton now A4124

Named Junctions

Only a few junctions in the town have official or semi-official names

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
Brownhills Bridge A452, A4124, B4155 SK044056
Rising Sun A5, A452 SK034064
Street's Corner A461, B4152 SK050037
The Turf A5, B4154 SK019069




Brownhills
JunctionsBrownhills Bridge • Brownhills Interchange • Muckley Corner • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • The Turf
RoadsA4124 • A446(M) • A452 • A461 • A5 • A5/Tamworth - Gailey • A5159 • A5195 • B4152 • B4153 • B4154 • B4155 • B5011 • E05 • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E33 (Northampton - Liverpool) • M6 Toll • M600 • T11 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
MiscellaneousWalsall (Highway Authority)
Related Pictures
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Brownhills Bridge.JPGBrownhills-1920.JPGBrownhills.jpgBrownhills1946.jpgThe Brownhills Miner - Geograph - 188792.jpg
Places in the West Midlands region
Major citiesBirmingham • Coventry • Stoke-on-Trent • Wolverhampton
Primary DestinationsBirmingham International Airport • Bridgnorth • Bromsgrove • Brownhills • Burton upon Trent • Cannock • Dudley • Evesham • Hereford • Kidderminster • Leamington Spa • Leek • Leominster • Lichfield • Newcastle • Nuneaton • Oswestry • Redditch • Ross • Rugby • Rugeley • Shrewsbury • Solihull • Stafford • Stone • Stourbridge • Stratford • Tamworth • Telford • Uttoxeter • Walsall • Warwick • West Bromwich • Whitchurch • Worcester
Other placesDroitwich • Halesowen • Ledbury • Ludlow • Malvern • N.E.C. • Smethwick • Southam • Sutton Coldfield