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A41/Bicester - Solihull

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From:  Bicester (SP590212)
To:  Solihull (SP170786)
Met (1984) A41, A421, A43, A423, A361, A422, A452, A425, A429, A46, A4177, A4023, M42, A41
Now part of:  B4100, A4260, B4100, A4177, A4141
Primary Destinations

Northamptonshire • Oxfordshire • Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Solihull - West Bromwich
A41 Bicester - Solihull
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg Aylesbury - Wendlebury

South | North

These days, there is no trace on the map of the A41 between M40 junction 9 and the M42. Indeed, both the A34 and A41 traffic are signed north to Birmingham on the M40. In fact, the route of the old A41 is not too difficult to find — just follow the B4100 towards Banbury and Warwick.


The old A41 leaves the current route of that road on the eastern edge of Bicester, roughly at the A4421 roundabout. It then runs through the centre of town along the B4100 to run through Caversfield and alongside the M40. This section of road is wide and straight (although obviously downgraded) and so it is not difficult to imagine this was once a trunk road. This illusion is shattered after crossing the Northamptonshire border where the road zigzags through the village of Aynho although the good quality resumes on the far side. Presently Adderbury is reached where there is a T-junction on the A4260.

The ex-A41 continues north along what is now the A4260 into the centre of Banbury. Formerly the multiplex was with the A423 although the A41 was dominant. On the far side of the town centre the B4100 reappears turning off to the left. There are short multiplexes along both the A361 and the A422 before the B4100 leaves town and continues its route parallel to the M40. This section is fairly rural, as can be seen by the lack of motorway junctions in the area: after Banbury the next one is at Gaydon which is not reached for some distance. At the next M40 junction, J13, the B4100 turns into the A452 without ceremony and that road then goes into Leamington Spa. We're after Warwick, however, so need to take the A425 at the next junction.

Chadwick Manor

The A425 goes through Warwick town centre before ending on the A46 bypass. Ahead is the A4177 which acts as an impromptu southern bypass for Kenilworth. After going through Hatton a roundabout is reached and the ex-A41 continues ahead onto the A4141, another number hinting at the road's history. This enters the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and goes through Knowle before reaching M42 J5. This marks the end of the diversion as the A41 reappears ahead.

South | North

Akeman Street Interchange • Albion Roundabout • All Saints Interchange • Apex Corner (Mill Hill) • Backford Cross • Baker Street • Berrygrove • Bilston Street Island • Boughton Heath Junction • Boughton Heath Roundabout • Bourne End Junction • Brent Cross Interchange • Brockley Interchange • Broxton Roundabout • Buckland Junction • Chapel Ash Island • Chesham Road Interchange • College Road Interchange • Copt Hill Interchange • Cotton Wheel Roundabout • Exchange Street Roundabout • Fiveways Interchange • Hampstead Interchange • Hampton Heath Roundabout • Hartspring Roundabout • Hen and Chickens Roundabout • Hendon Central Circus • Henleys Roundabout • Hockley Circus • Hoole Roundabout • Hooton Crossroads • Hunton Bridge • Key Hill Circus • Kings Langley Interchange • Leavesden Green • London Road Interchange • Longbridge Island • Lords Roundabout • Lucas Circus • M53 J5 • Mill Hill Circus • Moxley Junction • Navigation Roundabout • Oxford Road Roundabout • Oxford Street Island • Parkway Roundabout • Patent Shaft Roundabout • Pickmere Roundabout • Prees Heath • Rodney House Roundabout • Steel Roundabout • Swan Roundabout • Swiss Cottage • Tern Hill Roundabout • Tescos Roundabout (Aylesbury) • The Dome • Tong Interchange • Tring Hill Interchange • Two Waters Interchange • Wendlebury Interchange • West Bromwich Interchange • Western Way Interchange • Woodlands Roundabout (Aston Clinton)
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A41 • A361 • A422 • A423 • A4260 • B4035 • B4036 • B4100 (Bicester - Bishops Tachbrook) • B4525 • E05 • Longest Lane • M40 • T35 (Britain) • T114 (Britain)
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