|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Stoneybridge, Belbroughton (SO947761)|
|Via:||Fairfield, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Stoke Heath, Stoke Prior|
|Distance:||8.8 miles (14.2 km)|
|Meets:||A491, B4185, A448, B4094, A38, B4090|
|Former Number(s):||A491, A38|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4091 is a north-south road through the Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove.
It starts off at the Stoneybridge roundabout on the A491 and heads in a southerly direction towards Bromsgrove. This first section of the route is known as the Stourbridge Road for its entire length, and it was once part of the A491 (and before that the A449) between Bromsgrove and Stourbridge.
After passing through the village of Fairfield the B4091 crosses the M5 by means of a bridge which has been in existence since the widening of the motorway in the early 1990s; the supports of the former bridge can be seen to the north of the current one.
The route then enters the western part of the village of Catshill where it meets the short B4185 at a mini roundabout. Continuing along the Stourbridge Road, the B4091 passes under the M42, where there are two bridges; the second carries the westbound M42 to northbound M5 sliproad, and is of later construction than the first. A new roundabout at the former Barnsley Hall hospital site marks the point where an unbuilt link to the A38 at Lickey End was due to connect: now it simply provides access to a housing estate.
Next the road travels through northern Bromsgrove and into the town centre, where it meets the A448 at a set of traffic lights and turns right to be subsumed by the Class I road for 700 m along Roman Road, Market Street, and St John Street, all once part of the A38. At a mini roundabout the A448 forks off towards Kidderminster and the B4091 resumes, following the former course of the A38 out to the south of the town. At a road fork in Stoke Heath (marking the original northern end of the B4091 before it was extended over the ex-A491) our route TOTSOs left, while the onward road is the B4094, which continues south to terminate on the A38 at the end of the Bromsgrove Eastern Bypass.
The route from Stoke Heath to Hanbury is the original routing of the B4091. At Hanbury Turn it crosses the A38 (formerly A4024) Redditch Road and turns into a considerably rural-natured route. It passes the business parks at Stoke Wharf and the industrial units at Stoke Works before terminating on the B4090 at Hanbury. The route to the left heads towards Alcester, while the route to the right terminates in Droitwich.