A4040 (Wall Heath - Kidderminster)
|From:||Wall Heath (SO885902)|
|Distance:||8.3 miles (13.4 km)|
|Met (1923):||A449, A458, A451|
|Now part of:||A449|
|Route outline (key)|
In the days when the A449 went to Stourbridge, the A4040 turned off that road at Wall Heath and headed southwestwards. It passed to the west of Stourbridge; the nearest it reached was at Stourton where it crossed the A458. The road then followed the River Stour downstream (it actually crossed the river at Prestwood, nearly a mile before Stourton crossroads). It passed to the east of Kinver and entered Worcestershire before continuing on to Broadwaters, now a suburb of Kidderminster. Here the A451 came in from the left on its way to Kidderminster town centre and the A4040 ended on it.
The A4040 number became redundant in 1935 to be reused near Birmingham. The route of the A449 was changed dramatically in that year. Now avoiding Stourbridge, it took over the full length of the A4040 on its way to South Wales.