A41/West Bromwich - Tong

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From:  West Bromwich (SP016904)
To:  Tong (SJ797068)
Via:  Bilston, Wolverhampton
Meets:  A41, M5, A4252, A4031, A4041, A4196, A461, A4037, A461, A4038, A4444, A4098, A463, A4126, A4150, A454, A464, M54, A41
Former Number(s):  A464
Old route now:  A4196, A464
Highway Authorities

Sandwell • Shropshire • Staffordshire • Walsall • Wolverhampton


Staffordshire • Shropshire

Route outline (key)
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Tong - Whitchurch
A41 West Bromwich - Tong
A41 Oaken - Oakengates
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg Solihull - West Bromwich
South | North

After coming past The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion's ground), we find ourselves at junction 1 of the M5, where an unclassified road signposted "West Bromwich Town Centre" marks the former route of the A41 through West Bromwich High Street. However, the current route follows the dual carriageway bypass "The Expressway". At peak times, this is a very busy route, and often tails back from the junction with the A4031 for Walsall to the motorway. The Expressway then continues for half a mile, up to the junction with the A4196, which is where the old route joins up again. Straight ahead of us lies the expanses of the Black Country Spine Road, which is a new dual carriageway that takes us all the way to the A463/A454 Black Country Route, which links with M6 junction 10. To the right lies the A4196, which is the old route of the A41 via the imaginatively named Hill Top and Wednesbury. The A41 here is a modern, wide dual carriageway in mainly industrial estate country, with most reached off roundabout junctions. Be careful: it's a 40 zone, although it feels much faster than that.

A4444 Junction
Interestingly, the signposting at this junction and the aforementioned A4444 junction is.....strange to say the least. Local traffic is signposted via the A41, and longer-distance traffic is signposted via the dual carriageway A463/A4444. Nothing strange about that you might think. But I'll give you an example: coming south-east, the A463/A4444 route is signposted for Birmingham and West Bromwich. The A41 is signposted for Moxley and Wednesbury. I've you've been paying attention, you'll have noticed that Wednesbury is clearly the other side of the A4444/A41 junction. Strange.
A41 Bilston Road, Wolverhampton has the Midland Metro running along the road

Anyway, after about a mile, the A461 from Dudley comes in and multiplexes with us for a short distance before leaving right for Wednesbury and M6 junction 9. Soon afterwards, we reach another roundabout where the character of the road changes as for this stretch we re-join the old A41 that has been upgraded to dual carriageway through Moxley. We then reach a roundabout with traffic lights where we TOTSO left (looks better on a map that it feels on the ground, believe me!) as the A4444 finishes the final stretch of the BCSR for us, and the A4038 goes towards Darlaston. The A41 then goes through Moxley High Street, and meets the A4098, which is the grand total of 1 mile long. After a period of time, we reach the A463 Black Country Route just as we enter Bilston.

The A41 continues in to Bilston Town Centre, and is very narrow and congested through the town. It gets wider and better the further into Wolverhampton we get, and after a small distance we multiplex with the Midland Metro at Priestfield. The Metro is street running all the way from here into Wolverhampton City Centre, past the former Royal Hospital and bus depot, up to the Wolverhampton Ring Road (A4150). The former route of the road through the city centre is impossible to follow now, as it's first cut off by the ring road, then has Sainsbury's car park on it, and then is one way (the other way!), is again cut off by the ring road before re-joining the current route.

A41 Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton

On the opposite side of the city centre, the A41 re-emerges from the ring road (multiplexed with the A454) and continues its journey north-west through a very busy stretch of road called Chapel Ash, at the end of which the A454 forks left heading for Bridgnorth, and we fork right. The road follows quite a pleasant urban route out of the city here, with highlights such as the Halfway House pub, which is supposedly half way between London and Holyhead (follow the A41, A464 and A5 for the route!), and The Rock, which is a large ridge that the road cuts through. We are now entering the pleasant suburbs of Tettenhall and The Wergs, which we meander through before finally leaving the urban area. After about 1 mile of the border, we reach the junction with the A464, which forks left towards Telford and the A5, before we get to the Albrighton by-pass. This used to be a three-lane "Danger Alley", but nowadays it just has wide lanes. After the by-pass, we enter the village of Cosford, well known for the RAF base and aerospace museum (well worth a visit). The junctions have been much improved recently to enable better access for the base.

After about 0.75 miles, we reach our next major traffic landmark: junction 3 of the M54.

Rerouting north of Wolverhampton

Northern terminus of A41 in 1922

The A41 originally ended on the A5 at its northern end as well as its southern, running along what is now the A464 and B5061 to Oakengates. In 1935 it was rerouted north of Wolverhampton and extended all the way to Birkenhead, over roads that were formerly part of A464, A529 and A51.

South | North

SectionsA41/Aylesbury - Wendlebury • A41/Bicester - Solihull • A41/Central London - Watford • A41/Chester - Birkenhead • A41/Solihull - West Bromwich • A41/Tong - Whitchurch • A41/Watford - Aylesbury • A41/Whitchurch - Chester
ProjectsBlack Country Spine Road • Longbridge Island
JunctionsAkeman 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)
ServicesBourne End services
CrossingsCamp Hill Flyover • Queensway Tunnel • Stone Bridge
RoadsA41 • A41(M) • E31 (via Carlisle) • Holyhead Road • NCN51 • NCN81 • T14 (Britain) • T35 (Britain)
PlacesAylesbury • Banbury • Bicester • Bilston • Birkenhead • Birmingham • Brent Cross • Central London • Chester • Ellesmere Port • Hemel Hempstead • London • Solihull • Tring • Warwick • Watford • West Bromwich • West End • Whitchurch • Wolverhampton
MiscellaneousA41/Named Junctions
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