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Black Country Route

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Black Country Route
Location Map ( geo)
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Location
Bilston • Willenhall
County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Wolverhampton  • Walsall
Scheme Type
Bypass
Opening Date
in phases between 1986 and 1995
On road(s)
A454 • A463
The eastern half of the route shows its genesis as a motorway proposal
See Also: Black Country Spine Road
See Also: The Keyway

The Black Country Route is a completed road scheme on the south and east sides of Wolverhampton. It forms part of the A454 and A463, meeting junction 10 of the M6 at the eastern end, and the A4123 at the western end; and was designed for several different regeneration and growth projects, including as a bypass for the town centres of Bilston and Willenhall, and to open up development on the former Bilston Steelworks site.

It is a downgraded successor to the unbuilt Bilston Link Motorway, with the eastern half of the route taking the planned line of the motorway and the western half taking a more northerly line much closer to Bilston town centre. The eastern half of the route is grade-separated, whilst the western half features flat roundabouts.

It opened in several sections between 1986 and 1995, although the initial stage of associated route of The Keyway, the western section of the Willenhall Bypass, opened in the 1970s.

Black Country Route construction history
Section Description Completion Date Highway Authority Notes
1 M6 J10 to Owen Road 10 Feb 1995[1] Walsall
2 Owen Road to The Keyway October 1985[2] Walsall Refers to original section later removed and replaced, which does not appear on Landranger published 1987[3].
3 Keyway Junction to Oxford Street Summer 1995[4] Wolverhampton/ Walsall Final section to be completed, although section between Oxford Street Island and Vulcan Road Island may have opened earlier than the rest.
4 Oxford St to Coseley Road c. 1992 Wolverhampton Appears on Landranger in 1992[5]. Included short link to A4039.
5A Coseley Road to Spring Vale c. 1990 Wolverhampton Appears on Landranger in 1990[6]. Ended on a temporary terminus with Coseley Road.
5B Spring Vale to Anchor Lane c. 1990 Wolverhampton Appears on Landranger in 1990[7]
5C Anchor Lane to A4123 Early 1986[8] Wolverhampton Documentary and mapping evidence is contradictory, does not appear on Landranger published 1987[9]


References

  1. Commercial Motor archive (23 Feb 1995)
  2. Transport Policies and Programme Submission - Wolverhampton Borough Council (1986) page: 50
  3. Landranger Sheet 139 Revision A//*/*/*/* - Ordnance Survey (1987)
  4. Commercial Motor archive (23 Feb 1995)
  5. Landranger Sheet 139 Revision B1 - Ordnance Survey (1992)
  6. Landranger Sheet 139 Revision B - Ordnance Survey (1990)
  7. Landranger Sheet 139 Revision B - Ordnance Survey (1990)
  8. Transport Policies and Programme Submission - Wolverhampton Borough Council (1986) page: 50
  9. Landranger Sheet 139 Revision A//*/*/*/* - Ordnance Survey (1987)



Black Country Route
Projects
Junctions
Roads
A454 • A463
Related Pictures
View gallery (17)
Black Country Route, Bilston, Wolverhampton - Geograph - 1796060.jpgThe Lunt.pngBlack Country Route in Bilston,... (C) Roger Kidd - Geograph - 3549383.jpgRedevelopment on the Black Country Route - Geograph - 1086483.jpgBlack Country Route Bridge - Geograph - 3388730.jpg
Other nearby roads
Wolverhampton
A41 • A446(M) • A449 • A454 • A457 • A459 • A460 • A462 • A463 • A464 • A464 (Oaken - Nantwich) • A4038 • A4039 • A4098 • A4123 • A4124 • A4126 • A4150 • A4444 • A4510 • B4155 • B4156 • B4157 • B4158 (Wolverhampton) • B4159 • B4160 (Wolverhampton) • B4161 • B4162 • B4162 (Monmore Green - Deepfields) • B4163 • B4164 (Moxley - Ocker Hill) • B4454 (Wednesfield) • B4464 • B4483 • B4484 • B4563 • B4590 • Bilston Link Motorway • C6 (Staffordshire) • C40 (Staffordshire) • C108 (Staffordshire) • C114 (Staffordshire) • C116 (Staffordshire) • C137 (Staffordshire) • C153 (Staffordshire) • C170 (Staffordshire) • C184 (Staffordshire) • C234 (Staffordshire) • C259 (Staffordshire) • C260 (Staffordshire) • C272 (Staffordshire) • C273 (Staffordshire) • C335 (Staffordshire) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E34 (Old System) • Holyhead Road • M6 • M6 Toll • M54 • NCN81 • Northern and Western Motorway • T11 (Britain) • T14 (Britain) • T49 (Britain) • T50 (Britain) • U99 (Wolverhampton) • U110 (Wolverhampton) • U111 (Wolverhampton) • U112 (Wolverhampton) • U113 (Wolverhampton) • U114 (Wolverhampton) • U115 (Wolverhampton) • U116 (Wolverhampton) • U117 (Wolverhampton) • U118 (Wolverhampton) • U119 (Wolverhampton) • U120 (Wolverhampton) • U121 (Wolverhampton) • Western Orbital
Walsall

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