Princes Square

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Princes Square
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Location
Wolverhampton
County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Wolverhampton City Council
Junction Type
Crossroads
Roads Joined
unclassified
Junctions related to the A460
Brereton Roundabout • Cat Roundabout • Churchbridge • Elephant and Castle (Wolverhampton) • Featherstone Interchange • Globe Island • Laney Green Interchange • Longford Island • Queen's Square (Cannock) • Scotlands Island • Wedges Mills Interchange
Junctions related to the A454
Anson Junction • Bentley Interchange • Bentley Junction • Bilston Street Island • Five Ways (Wolverhampton City Centre) • Fox Crossroads • Horseley Fields Junction • Keyway Junction • Portobello Island • Queen Square (Wolverhampton) • Victoria Square
Junctions related to the A459
Bull Ring (Sedgley) • Elephant and Castle (Wolverhampton) • Fighting Cocks • Five Ways (Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton) • Lydiate Ash • Queen Square (Wolverhampton) • Snow Hill Junction
Princes Square in the 1920s
Modern view of the southern half of Princes Square

Formerly the location of the junction between A460, A454 and B4158, Princes Square (often mis-spelt as Princess Square) in Wolverhampton is today an unremarkable junction in the city centre.

In historic terms, it is extremely important as on 5 November 1927, the first automatic traffic lights in the United Kingdom were installed in this location. The lights were originally installed as a temporary experiment, though they were installed as a permanent feature in October 1928.

To commemorate this, the modern traffic lights in the location have dispensation from the Department for Transport to have the old-fashioned striped poles rather than the modern grey ones.

Princes Square is also historically important due to being the site of the first installation of pedestrian safety barriers, which were here erected in 1934.

Usually, only the light-controlled junction is referred to by the name, but Princes Square actually refers to both that junction, and the roundabout junction with Broad Street and Wulfruna Street just to the north, as well as the short length of connecting street. Whilst not looking much like a "square", the Royal London building on the west side of the square is a later addition to the original layout. The former western side of the square is actually what is now Lichfield Passage, making the entire junction complex much more recognisably a "square".

Routes

Route To Notes

A454

Bridgnorth

A454

Walsall

A459

Cannock, Stafford

A459

Dudley

A460

Cannock, Stafford

A459

Dudley

B4158

Dudley

A4124

Brownhills. Wednesfield

B4155

Brownhills. Wednesfield Upgraded to A4124 in 1927

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Other nearby junctions
WolverhamptonAnson Junction • Battlefield Roundabout (Wolverhampton) • Bentley Interchange • Bentley Junction • Bilston Street Island • Bowmans Harbour Island • Broad Street Junction • Bull Ring (Sedgley) • Bushbury Island • Chapel Ash Island • Coseley Road Island • Coven Heath Interchange • Coven Roundabouts • Elephant and Castle (Wolverhampton) • Essington Interchange • Featherstone Interchange • Fighting Cocks • Five Ways (Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton) • Five Ways (Merry Hill, Wolverhampton) • Five Ways (Wolverhampton) • Five Ways (Wolverhampton City Centre) • Fox Crossroads • Gailey Interchange • Gailey Island • Goodyear Island • Horseley Fields Junction • Keyway Junction • Laney Green Interchange • Lloyd Hill Roundabout • Merrills Hall Island • Moxley Junction • Neachells Lane Island • New Cross Junction • New Invention Island • Oxford Street Island • Penn Road Island • Pickmere Roundabout • Portobello Island • Queen Square (Wolverhampton) • Saredon Interchange • Scotlands Island • Short Heath Interchange • Snow Hill Junction • Spring Vale Island • Stafford Street Junction • Standeford Crossroads • The Lunt Junction • Three Tuns Junction • Tong Interchange • Victoria Square • Vine Island Junction • Vulcan Road Island • Waterloo Road Junction • Western Way Interchange