|Via:||Watford, Aylesbury, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester|
|Distance:||204 miles (328.3 km)|
|Meets:||M1, M5, M25, M40, M42, M53, M54, A1, A5, A34, A40, A49, A51, A53, A55|
|Former Number(s):||A41(M), A51, A464, A529|
|Old route now:||A410, A411, A464, A4140, A4177, A4141, A4251, A4260, B4100, B4100, B4635|
Highways England • Transport for London • Birmingham • Buckinghamshire • Cheshire East • Cheshire West and Chester • Hertfordshire • Oxfordshire • Sandwell • Shropshire • Solihull • Staffordshire • Telford and Wrekin • Walsall • Westminster • Wirral • Wolverhampton
|Route outline (key)|
The A41 is one of England's longer A-roads. Starting in London, it runs via the West Midlands to a terminus in Birkenhead on the Wirral. Although much of the central section has been downgraded, the route remains largely primary.
See the following sections for detail:
- A41/Central London - Watford
- A41/Watford - Aylesbury
- A41/Aylesbury - Wendlebury
- A41/Bicester - Solihull
- A41/Solihull - West Bromwich
- A41/West Bromwich - Tong
- A41/Tong - Whitchurch
- A41/Whitchurch - Chester
- A41/Chester - Birkenhead
In 1922 the A41 started on the A5 in Edgware and ran northwestwards via Aylesbury, Banbury and Birmingham to end in Oakengates (now part of Telford) back on the A5. In 1935 the northern end swapped numbers with the A464 so the road continued to Chester before taking over the original western end of the A51 to Birkenhead. The southern end was moved onto the Watford bypass (formerly A500) in the 1950s and then extended along the remainder of that road into Mayfair a few years later. This explains why both ends of the road are on the eastern side of the A5.
Following completion of the M40 in the 1990s the route of the A41 between Bicester and Solihull was bypassed and the road downgraded to persuade traffic onto the new motorway. The majority of the old route is now the B4100.
The road has been progressively detrunked over the years, most recently following the 1998 review document A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England. As a result only a short section north of Chester (between the A550 and M53 J5) remains trunk.
A busy roundabout in north London, this is where the A1 Barnet bypass and A41 Watford bypass diverge.
Kings Langley Interchange
M25 J20, which gives access into Watford from the north and Hemel Hempstead from the south.
Boughton Heath Roundabout
On the southern edge of Chester the A41 meets the original line of the city's bypass here. Once a normal roundabout this junction is now part hamburger, part teardrop.
- Roads.org.uk: West Bromwich Underpass
- Pathetic Motorways: A41(M)
- Roads UK: Highways and Byways Route Guide
- The A41 London to Birkenhead Trunk Road (Hertfordshire) (Detrunking) Order 2003 - This detrunks the A41 between Tring and the border with Buckinghamshire
- The A41 London to Birkenhead Trunk Road (Hertfordshire) (Detrunking) Order 2003 - This detrunks the A41 between Leavesden and Tring
- The A41 Trunk Road in Shropshire (A41/M54 Roundabout to the Telford & Wrekin Border) (Detrunking) Order 2002
- The A41 Trunk Road Shropshire (Telford & Wrekin Border to the County of Cheshire Border) (Detrunking) Order 2002
- The A41 Trunk Road in Cheshire (County of Shropshire Border to the A41/A51 Junction) (Detrunking) Order 2001
- The A41 London–Birmingham Trunk Road (Bicester to South of Knowle) De-Trunking Order 1989 - This piece of legislation detrunks a large section of the A41 between Bicester and Knowle, following the opening of the M40 extension