A4168 (West Bromwich)
|From:||West Bromwich (SP017902)|
|Distance:||0.7 miles (1.1 km)|
|Met:||M5, A41, A4182, A457|
|Now part of:||A4252|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4168 was an entirely dual-carriageway link between the A41 at M5 J1 near West Bromwich and the A457 at Smethwick, in the Black Country. The road is built on the alignment of a tramway to the former Sandwell Park Colliery, now part of the Sandwell Valley Country Park.
When the road opened, presumably in 1970 along with the M5, it appears to have been given the B4168 number; certainly that road originally followed the nearby Roebuck Lane which the motorway severed - and early editions of the relevant OS Landranger sheet give the road B-class status, although no number is listed alongside the road. For a short while in the late 1970s the road became the A4031, before that road got its original route back in about 1981 and the A4168 came into being.
However, the "real" (i.e. pre-existing) A4168 is in Dudley, approximately 5 miles away, making the use of the number here a duplicate. In 2004 the road was rightfully given a unique number and is now the A4252; although helpfully at at December 2017, the road markings on the roundabout and approaches to M5 J1 have the incorrect A4168 number, some 13 years after the number was replaced!
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