|Location Map ( geo)
|West Bromwich (SP011929)
|5.2 miles (8.4 km)
|A4031, B4167, A34, B4154, B4149, A452, B4138
|Route outline (key)
The A4041 is a short A-road in the West Midlands. Although under six miles long, it is a busy route and is a dual carriageway for its entire length.
The route starts at the junction with the A4031 by Dartmouth Golf Club; that road is on a one-way loop here and so northbound and southbound directions TOTSO off the A4041 at adjacent sets of traffic lights. The A4041 heads east, passing through Sandwell Valley and over the M5. The speed limit at this point is 50 mph and is enforced by speed cameras.
The road then reaches Hamstead and the speed limit reduces to 40 mph. There is an at-grade junction with the B4617 Hamstead Road. This junction is on a fairly steep hill and the speed limit here too is enforced by cameras. Coming down the hill, quite a bit of care must be taken not to exceed the limit at this point.
The A4041 next passes over the Tame Valley Canal and also passes Red House Park. Shortly after the park is the Scott Arms junction with the A34 which is busy and often has queuing vehicles for some distance in both directions. After this junction the road reaches Great Barr and passes under the M6 (which can be accessed via the A34). Shortly afterwards there is a roundabout junction with the B4154 Beacon Road.
We have now reached Queslett. About half a mile further on, there is a roundabout junction with the B4149 Kings Road through Kingstanding. The A4041 carries on for a further mile or so. Firstly, the road reaches Streetly and there is another roundabout junction, this time with the unclassified Aldridge Road. Eventually the route terminates at a roundabout on the A452 right by the edge of Sutton Park.
This incarnation of the A4041 came into being in 1935 when the section of B4149 between the A4031 and A34 was given Class I status. The road was doubled in length in the 1980s when it was extended eastwards to meet the A452, taking on more of the B4149 and the entire length of the earlier Queslett to Sutton Park B4150.