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A5/Tamworth - Gailey

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From:  Tamworth (SK242006)
To:  Gailey (SJ911106)
Meets:  A5, M42, A51, A453, A38, M6 Toll, A5127, A5148, A461, A5195, A460, A34, A4601, M6, A449, A5
Old route now:  B5404
Highway Authorities

Highways England


Staffordshire • Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Gailey - Telford
A5 Tamworth – Gailey
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg Crick - Tamworth

South East | North West

We now reach a new section of the A5 bypassing Tamworth, which is grade-separated dual carriageway and has very nice low-spray tarmac that you'll really notice as you leave this section if it's raining. The B5404, which leaves almost immediately, is the old route through Fazeley. The A51 passes under us, and the A453 makes an appearance from Tamworth town centre.

We now alight upon the new Hints and Weeford bypass, opened in September 2005, which climbs up over The Devil's Dressing Room and its associated quarry and back down to the old Roman road at the newly refashioned A38 junction (this was built in 1972 originally as an over large roundabout to accommodate a grade-separated junction for the A38 later). The A38 now goes under the A5 GSJ roundabout and the recently made M6 Toll connection - junction T4. The A5 is now shadowed by the toll road all the way to Churchbridge, near Cannock, starting with a fine view of the exit toll plaza to the south west as you leave the roundabout.

After about 1½ miles we reach Wall Island, the junction with the A5127 to Lichfield, the A5148 link to the A38, and Junction T5 of the M6 Toll. Before construction of the toll road, the roundabout was very strange and had all the ramps for grade separation between the A5 west of the junction and the A5148. These were reformed and the exit from the toll road eastbound onto the A5148 was engineered to pass under a radically changed A5/A5127 roundabout. The A5 then becomes a dual carriageway as we pass the village of Wall, until we reach the A461 Walsall - Lichfield road at Muckley Corner (actually a roundabout, not a corner). After leaving rural Staffordshire we enter the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, and then a further mile west the M6 Toll passes below us from left to right heading for Chasewater. Junction T6 lies just to the north of us a mile further along at Chasetown. The A452 meets us at a strange triangular roundabout, and goes off on its way to M6 J5 and the NEC, and back out into Staffordshire we go.

After a section of dual carriageway, we find ourselves at Churchbridge, on the outskirts of Cannock. Here the A5 crosses the M6 Toll by virtue of a new junction (T7) and massive reworking of the roads in the area, resulting in a Magic Roundabout! The toll road heads off to our left to join the original M6 near Little Saredon. After passing under a railway bridge we continue past a series of grotty-looking retail parks, but after just over a mile we're back in rural countryside. This section is nice and wide, with reservoirs on either side of the road, and very, very straight as befitting the Roman Road, and before we know it, we've reached the M6 at Junction 12. Here much of the long-distance traffic which has bypassed the West Midlands continues its journey north on the motorway.

After passing the M6, the A5 continues pretty much unchanged: wide and very straight. Before too long, we reach the junction with the A449 at Gailey, where all of the Wolverhampton-bound traffic that joined us at the M6 turns off.

South East | North West

M42 J10 • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout • Marble Arch • Churchbridge • Marylebone Flyover • Weeford Interchange • Abbey Hill Roundabout • Redmoor Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Staples Corner • Crick Interchange • Wall Island • Friars Wash • Brockley Interchange • Gailey Interchange • Forge Interchange • Cluddley Interchange • Stretton Baskerville • Caldecotte Interchange • Smockington Hollow • Gibbet Roundabout • Cross in Hand • Red Gate • Dodwells Roundabout • Longshoot • Mancetter Roundabout • Muckley Corner • The Turf • Longford Island • Kilsby • Gailey Island • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Priorslee Roundabout • Hollinswood Interchange • Preston Island • Emstrey Island • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout • Mile End Roundabout • Five Crosses • Gledrid Roundabout • Priorslee Interchange • Canons Corner • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Carreg Bran Interchange • Park Street Roundabout • Halton Roundabout • Churncote Roundabout • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Dalar Hir Interchange • Thorn Roundabout • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Glan Menai Junction • Druid Junction • Old Stratford Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Weedon Crossroads • Watford Crossroads • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Centurion Junction • Glascote Interchange • Ventura Park Interchange • Mile Oak Junction • Edgebold Roundabout • Felton Butler Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Whittington Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Holly Lane Roundabout • King Harry Junction • Pickmere Roundabout • Crackleybank Interchange • Dunstable Crossroads • Chalton Interchange • Whitehurst Roundabout • Antelope Roundabout • Anglesey Arms Roundabout • Weedon Roundabout • The Column Roundabout • Pen Caledog Interchange
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