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Patent Shaft Roundabout

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Patent Shaft Roundabout
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Patent Shaft Roundabout is a roundabout on A41 within the Black Country town of Wednesbury. It marks the northern point where Telford's Holyhead Road diverges from the modern A41 Black Country Spine Road, and was constructed in its present form in the early 1990s.

Disused railway tunnel between the A41 carriageway flares

The northern access to A41 from the roundabout appears from aerial photos to have space for grade separation. This is not the case, as the carriageways actually separate around the mouth of a disused railway tunnel, which was constructed by the LNWR between their Darlaston and Wednesbury Town stations. Interestingly, the tunnel was already disused when the northbound carriageway was constructed alongside the original (now southbound) carriageway, and the A41 to the south which was constructed at almost the same time runs along the former Darlaston Loop trackbed.

The major industry in Wednesbury was the manufacture of steel and The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company was established in 1840. The factory closed in 1980 and the A41 ran through its location - hence the name of the roundabout.


Route To Notes


Wolverhampton, Bilston


Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Great Bridge ¼, Tipton, Dudley (A461), (M6,M5), Walsall

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Other nearby junctions
Black Country Spine Road
JunctionsThe Lunt Junction • Moxley Junction • Western Way Interchange • Patent Shaft Roundabout • Steel Roundabout • Parkway Roundabout • Navigation Roundabout • Swan Roundabout • Albion Roundabout
Junctions on the A41
London -
Baker Street • Lord's Roundabout • Swiss Cottage • Brent Cross • Hendon Central Circus • Fiveways Corner • Mill Hill Circus • Apex Corner • Brockley • Hartspring • Berrygrove • The Dome • Leavesden Green • Hunton Bridge • Kings Langley • Two Waters • London Road • Bourne End • Chesham Road • Akeman Street • Tring Hill • Buckland • College Road • Woodlands Roundabout • Tesco's Roundabout • Exchange Street Roundabout • Hen and Chickens Roundabout • Henleys Roundabout • Cotton Wheel Roundabout • Rodney House Roundabout • Oxford Road Roundabout • Wendlebury
Former sectionRodney House Roundabout • Baynards Green Roundabout • Banbury Cross • M40 Junction 13 • Barford • Longbridge Island • Stanks Interchange • Copt Hill
Solihull -
Copt Hill • Hockley Circus • West Bromwich Interchange • All Saints Interchange • Albion Roundabout • Swan Roundabout • Navigation Roundabout • Parkway Roundabout • Steel Roundabout • Patent Shaft Roundabout • Moxley Junction • Oxford Street Island • Bilston Street Island • Chapel Ash Island • Tong Interchange • Pickmere Roundabout • Tern Hill Roundabout • Prees Heath • Hampton Heath Roundabout • Broxton Roundabout • Boughton Heath Roundabout • Hoole Roundabout • Backford Cross • Hooton Crossroads • M53 Junction 5

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