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