|To:||Gorcott Hill (SP086677)|
|Distance:||2.7 miles (4.3 km)|
|Meets:||B4160, A441, B4497, A435|
|Old route now:||B4101|
|Route outline (key)|
Today's A4023 is one of Redditch's new urban dual carriageways. The current route is completely different from that of the A4023's previous incarnation (and extension) within the town and beyond.
Redditch - Gorcott Hill
The A4023 starts on a roundabout with the B4160 (Redditch Ringway). Immediately heading East it passes under a grade-separated junction with the A441 to cross the River Arrow and meet another GSJ with the B4497. It passes under Winyates Way, which is one of the bus-only roads in Redditch. The next junction is a roundabout with 4 unclassified roads; there is space for a flyover here which was never completed. Our final junction is a trumpet with the A435, just over the county boundary in Warwickshire.
Bromsgrove Road, Redditch
The first life of the A4023 was as a short link road, connecting Birchfield Road (the original line of the A448) to the A441 Market Place in the Town Centre. These days the road is no more than a local road.
1970s: Redditch - Coventry
In the early 1970s, the A4023 was extended the considerable distance to Coventry along what was the B4101 (after a short multiplex with the A441). It was never an adequate road really, very twisty with sharp corners and narrow sections. This lasted until the M42 came along in 1986; around that time the A4023 was downgraded, again to the B4101. It seems likely that the section of the A4023 between the A441 and A435 was moved south to the current section of road before the Coventry extension was downgraded, just leaving that as the present A4023.