|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Spring Road (SP113829)|
|To:||Warwick Road (SP127828)|
|Via:||Olton Boulevard East|
|Distance:||0.9 miles (1.4 km)|
|Meets:||B4217, A4040, A41|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4514 is a short road from Fox Hollies to Olton in Birmingham. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the early 1930s.
The road runs along Olton Boulevard East for its entire length, which mostly consists of two parallel carriageways (with a sizeable reservation between them; this arrangement is very common in Birmingham because it was previously used for trams, although the tramlines have long since gone). You might therefore expect the B4514 to be a dual carriageway; the vast majority of former tramlines in Birmingham nowadays live their life as a D2. However, despite running along what is effectively a dual-carriageway road, it is single-carriageway for almost its entire length.
The westernmost end of the B4514 is a very short connection between the B4217 and the A4040; this provides some missing (or at least unsigned) movements between the junction of the B4217, A4040, and B4146. The status of this stretch of road is disputed, with some signs claiming it to be a spur of the B4217.
To the east of the roundabout, Olton Boulevard East has two two-lane carriageways, each of which connect to the roundabout (and both of which are named "Olton Boulevard East". However, as stated above, this is not a typical D2 arrangement; both carriageways have one westbound and one eastbound lane (thus making it more like a pair of S2 roads that are closely spaced). The southern of the two carriageways is the B4514, with the northern carriageway being unclassified, making this a rare case of a road for which only half the road is classified.
After the next roundabout along the road, the north carriageway of Olton Boulevard East changes name to Victoria Road and is hidden well via a line of trees, making it seem more like a separate road; however, it remains near to the B4514 and can be spotted through gaps in the trees or at the next junction (which is roundabout-shaped but has longabout-like priorities). Victoria Road turns off at this point, but the second carriageway of Olton Boulevard East is still mostly present; from this point onwards, it is used as an extended driveway for houses on the north side of the road (and can be accessed via roads that connect to the north side of the B4514).
The eastbound end of the road used to end at a highly acutely angled T-junction on the A41. However, more recently it has been converted into a gyratory; northbound traffic on the A41 is forced to turn off onto the line of the B4514, then (if it wants to stay on the A41) TOTSOs to the right, then turns left to rejoin its original alignment. Meanwhile, U-turn lanes (that make right turns from the A41 onto its opposite carriageway) are provided so that traffic from the A41 southbound can join the B4514, and vice versa.