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M6 Toll, A5, A452, A461
Next Primary Destinations
Birmingham • Cannock • Leamington • Lichfield • Nuneaton • Tamworth • Walsall
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Places related to the A5
Bangor (Caernarfonshire) • Betws-y-Coed • Brent Cross • Cannock • Central London • DIRFT • Dunstable • Hinckley • Holyhead • Kilburn • Llangollen • London • Lutterworth • Milton Keynes • Oswestry • Rugby • Shrewsbury • St Albans • Tamworth • Telford • West End
Places related to the A452
Birmingham International Airport • Royal Leamington Spa
Places related to the A461
Dudley • Stourbridge • Walsall

Brownhills is a small town in the Traditional County of Staffordshire, east of Cannock and north of Walsall, near to the A5 and M6 Toll. It is traditionally a mining town.



Brownhills in 1920

Brownhills lies just to the south of the A5 Watling Street, although its urban area has now extended northwards to encompass the A5 within its boundaries. The town is historically relatively undefined, and has only really grown in the twentieth century, meaning that there is not a single focus for the road network in the area. This is most obviously shown by the lack of classified road junctions within the town centre itself: Brownhills Bridge marks the northern extent of the town centre, whilst the junction of A452 and B5011 marks the southernmost point. The A452 and A461 meet at Shire Oak rather than in Brownhills proper, and the A5 passes through the separate area of Brownhills West and the 1950s-1960s development of New Town.

There are very few differences between the modern road network and that created in the original 1922 road numbering scheme. Other than minor realignments, the A452 and A461 are identical to those in 1922, and the A5 saw improvement to a dual carriageway in the 1960s.

Of the original B-class network, the B4155 west of Brownhills Bridge was upgraded to A4124 in the 1970s, whilst the B4152 originally came no further north than Aldridge, with the extension to Brownhills coming before 1946, taking over part of the original B4153, which ran all the way to the A452 near Anchor Bridge. The B5011 started life exclusively north of A5 before being moved from its original terminus further to the east to the centre of Newtown, and then through the east of Brownhills to the A452 just north of Anchor Bridge before finally being truncated at the A5, meaning that it is now incorrectly numbered.

Highways Management

The non-trunk roads in Brownhills are maintained by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. The only road maintained by Highways England in the town is the A5, whilst the M6 Toll is managed by Midland Expressway.


Several routes run through the Brownhills area.

Route From To Length
A4124 Wolverhampton Brownhills 9.5 miles View
A446(M) Coleshill Shareshill 27 miles View
A452 Leamington Spa Brownhills 39.8 miles View
A461 Wollaston Lichfield 23.2 miles View
A5 London Holyhead 252 miles View
A5 Tamworth Gailey View
A5159 Watling Street Brownhills Interchange 0.6 miles View
A5195 Brownhills Chasetown 1.8 miles View
B4152 Brownhills Aldridge 2.7 miles View
B4153 Brownhills Walsall Wood 0.6 miles View
B4154 Hednesford Queslett 13 miles View
B4155 High Street Chase Road 1.3 miles View
B5011 Middleton Bridge Catshill 0.9 miles View
E05 Greenock Southampton 454 miles View
E33 London Glasgow 405 miles View
E33 Northampton Liverpool 146 miles View
M6 Toll Coleshill, Warwickshire Shareshill, Staffordshire 27 miles View
M600 Coleshill, Warwickshire Shareshill, Staffordshire 27 miles View
T11 London Holyhead View
T48 Weedon Brownhills View
Watling Street Dover Wroxeter View 


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route

Named Junctions

Only a few junctions in the town have official or semi-official names

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
Brownhills Bridge A452, A4124, B4155 SK044056
Rising Sun A5, A452 SK034064
Street's Corner A461, B4152 SK050037
The Turf A5, B4154 SK019069

JunctionsBrownhills Bridge • Brownhills Interchange • Muckley Corner • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • The Turf
RoadsA4124 • A446(M) • A452 • A461 • A5 • A5/Tamworth - Gailey • A5159 • A5195 • B4152 • B4153 • B4154 • B4155 • B5011 • E05 • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E33 (Northampton - Liverpool) • M6 Toll • M600 • T11 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
MiscellaneousWalsall Council
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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 placesCoseley • Droitwich • Halesowen • Ledbury • Ludlow • Malvern • N.E.C. • Smethwick • Southam • Sutton Coldfield