|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Carter's Green (SO997919)|
|Distance:||2.1 miles (3.4 km)|
|Meets:||A461, B4149, A41|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4196 runs through the Black Country from Wednesbury to West Bromwich via Hill Top and Black Lake. It was originally part of Telford's Holyhead Road, and was classified as A41 prior to the opening of the Black Country New Road in the late 1990s.
The A41 turns off the Holyhead Road to the west of Wednesbury, with the section of its old route from there to the next roundabout on the A461 being unclassified. The A4196 starts here and picks up the route. It passes between a modern Morrisons and the Victorian museum building before going over the old railway line to Dudley and then turning right at a roundabout.
The road continues south along Bridge Street, which is lined with light industry. We then cross another roundabout, followed by the River Tame and the Tame Valley Canal to become residential. The road climbs Holloway Bank to run through Hill Top, although we don't actually reach the summit for a bit further. We go over the ridge and descend into Black Lake where we cross a disused canal. The road continues past Oakwood Park to end at a roundabout on the A41. That road is still on a bypass here, however, and so the old road ahead into West Bromwich is now unclassified.