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Bilston

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Bilston
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County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Wolverhampton
Forward Destination on
A41 • A463 • A4444
Next Primary Destinations
Dudley • Walsall • Wolverhampton
Other Nearby Destinations
Coseley • Willenhall
Places related to the A41
Places related to the A463

Bilston is a small industrial Black Country town on the south-east side of Wolverhampton. It is located within historic Staffordshire.

It is located on the historic Holyhead Road coaching route between London and Holyhead, now the A41 in the area.

History

Bilston on the 1923 MoT Map

On the 1821 Reform Act Ordnance Survey map of Wolverhampton, the road network within the Bilston area is recognisably similar to that of today, with one major exception. Wellington Road (now part of A41) was missing, only constructed a few years later when Thomas Telford built his Holyhead Road improvements. Prior to that, both north-south and east-west traffic shared High Street and Church Street through the town centre, with what is now the B4162 forming the main route onto Wolverhampton city centre.

There were plans for a motorway to bypass the town, called the Bilston Link Motorway. It would have reached the M6 at Junction 10. However, these plans were scrapped, and a number of years later a modified plan, the Black Country Route, consisting of parts of the A463 and the A454 was constructed roughly along the same corridor; although the section bypassing the town centre was constructed further in to the centre than the originally planned route, meaning that it is more of a throughpass.

Highways Management

The roads within Bilston are managed by City of Wolverhampton Council, with the exception of those tiny amounts of the former Urban District which are managed by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. There are no Trunk Roads managed by Highways England within the town.

Routes

The only Primary Routes through the town are the A41 and A463; although the A4444 runs just to the east.

The town also has good motorway access, with the M5 being accessible via the A41 to Junction 1, and the M6 can be accessed via the A463.


Route To Notes

A41

Wolverhampton

A41

West Bromwich

A463

Dudley, Coseley

A463

Walsall

A4444

West Bromwich

A4039

Ettingshall

A4126

Wolverhampton

A4126

Dudley

B4162

Wolverhampton

B4163

Coseley

B4484

Willenhall



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Places in the West Midlands region
Major citiesBirmingham • Coventry • Stoke-on-Trent • Wolverhampton
Primary DestinationsBirmingham International Airport • Bridgnorth • Bromsgrove • Brownhills • Burton upon Trent • Cannock • Dudley • Evesham • Hereford • Kidderminster • Leamington Spa • Leek • Leominster • Lichfield • Newcastle • Nuneaton • Oswestry • Redditch • Ross • Rugby • Rugeley • Shrewsbury • Solihull • Stafford • Stone • Stourbridge • Stratford • Tamworth • Telford • Uttoxeter • Walsall • Warwick • West Bromwich • Whitchurch • Worcester
Other placesBilston • Coseley • Droitwich • Halesowen • Ledbury • Ludlow • Malvern • N.E.C. • Smethwick • Southam • Sutton Coldfield • Wednesfield • Wellington • Willenhall