|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||3.2 miles (5.1 km)|
|Meets:||B4100, A45, A4540, B4145, A4040|
|Route outline (key)|
The road starts at a traffic light-controlled junction on the B4100 and heads east along Coventry Road under a railway line and past Bordesley station. After crossing a canal we go over the A4540 at J18, where we also meet the A45, then continue east.
After going over the Camp Hill Line the road TOTSOs left at traffic lights by the St Andrew's Stadium before passing a few warehouses and then becoming residential. It TOTSOs right at a T-junction and heads east through the inner-city area of Bordesley Green. After passing a row of shops a roundabout is crossed and the road becomes dual. It goes past Heartlands Hospital before descending into a green area where it crosses the River Cole.
The road becomes residential once more and it climbs out of the valley, after which the central reservation disappears; the houses to the right are set back somewhat suggesting the dual-carriageway was planned to continue. It's not long before traffic lights are reached and the B4128 ends on the A4040. The road ahead is unclassified, though some maps have been found that extend B4128 via Kitts Green to B4114 at Bacon's End. This is either a copyright trap or just an error.
There has been little change to the majority of the route since it first gained its number. As mentioned above, at the city end, it has been extended over a short section of the former A45 when that road moved from the Coventry Road through Small Heath and onto a new bypass. At the eastern end, there has been a small change. Originally, when it reached the junction of Bordesley Green East and Richmond Road, it turned NE onto the latter as far as Five Ways, Yardley, and then took Yardley Fields Road as far as Station Road (then B4146, now A4040), where it terminated. At this time Bordesley Green East did not reach Station Road, and this was only rectified as part of the construction of the Meadway, a suburban boulevard through east Birmingham in the late 1950s. Mapping, including local A-Z street maps, continued to show the old route up to the 1980s, by which time the signage had long been changed. A visit to Yardley Fields Road will reveal a narrow 2-lane road hopelessly inadequate for the modern levels of traffic using B4128.