West Bromwich Interchange

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West Bromwich Interchange
Location Map ( geo)
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Location
West Bromwich
County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Highways England
Junction Type
Roundabout Interchange
Roads Joined
M5, A41, A4252

West Bromwich Interchange is junction 1 on the M5 after leaving the M6.

History

Junction layout (top of map)
The M5 was originally planned to use a different alignment south of West Bromwich. The lack of obvious open space between West Bromwich and Quinton led to the idea of placing the M5 above part of the Birmingham to Stourbridge railway line on a viaduct. This meant the M5 would approach the junction from the south at a higher level so the motorway was planned to pass over the junction. The junction itself would have consisted of two roundabouts. The northern roundabout would have north facing slip roads and the southern roundabout would take care of the south facing movements. What isn't clear is the link between the two roundabouts as no high resolution plans of the junction in this form have yet been found.
1962 design
In 1962 the idea of the utilising the railway was abandoned when a superior route was found along a canal. The M5 would now be at a lower level and the junction was changed to a single roundabout with the motorway passing below. At this time there were no firm plans for the A41 Expressway so the roundabout would have had 5 arms. By the time the M5 was ready for construction the junction had changed to allow for the Expressway and the northwestern side of the roundabout was enlarged and this is how it was built.

Routes

Route To Notes

M5

The NORTH (M6), London (M1), N.E.C & Airport (M6)

M5

The SOUTH WEST, London (M40), Worcester

A41

Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Dudley (A461), Walsall (A4031), Sutton Coldfield (A453), Sandwell General Hospital

A41

Birmingham, Handsworth, Hawthorns Park & Ride

A4252

Smethwick, Oldbury (A4182), Sandwell & Dudley Park & Ride
West Bromwich Town Centre



West Bromwich Interchange
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Junctions on the M5
M6 (8) Ray Hall • 1 West Bromwich • 2 Oldbury • 3 Quinton • 4 Lydiate Ash • 4A Catshill • 5 Rashwood • 6 Warndon • 7 Crookbarrow • 8 Strensham • 9 Ashchurch • 10 Piffs Elm • 11 Golden Valley • 11A Brockworth • 12 Junction 12 • 13 Stroudwater • 14 Falfield • 15 Almondsbury • 16 Almondsbury Rdbt • 17 Cribbs Causeway • 18 & 18A Lawrence Weston • 19 Gordano • 20 Clevedon • 21 St Georges • 22 Edithmead • 23 Dunball • 24 Huntworth • 25 Blackbrook • Black Brook • 26 Chelston • 27 Tiverton Parkway • 28 Cullompton • 29 Sowton • 30 Sandygate • 31 Pearce's Hill
Junctions on the A41
London -
Bicester
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 -
Birkenhead
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