Western Orbital

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Western Orbital
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From:  Bromsgrove (M5, M42) (SO969756)
To:  Cannock (M6, M6 Toll) (SJ929111)
Via:  Wolverhampton
Met:  M5, M42, M54, M6, M6 Toll
Traditional Counties

Staffordshire • Worcestershire

Route outline (key)
Western Orbital Bromsgrove - Cannock
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
- M5, M42 M5, M42
- A491 A491
- A456 A456
- A458 A458
- (A449) (A449)
- A454 A454
- A41 A41
- M54 M54
- (M6 Toll) (M6 Toll)
- M6 M6
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For detailed information about this topic, see Pathetic Motorways

The Western Orbital was a proposed motorway that would have passed to the west of Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

It was proposed to run from M5 junction 4 (where it would have also met the unbuilt M42 Lydiate Ash Link) or junction 4A, to the M6 north of junction 12, with a spur running to the M6 Toll between M6 Junction 11A and Junction T8.

It was intended as a bypass to the conurbation, rather than as part of a fully orbital route.

It was proposed in conjunction with the Kidderminster, Blakedown and Hagley Bypass, and had the alternative name of Wolverhampton and Stourbridge Western Bypass.

In May 2018, it was reported that Midland Connect, the transport body of the newly-formed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), that they were interested a in reviving the plans, this time under the name of the Western Strategic Route.



Western Orbital
JunctionsLydiate Ash • Wedges Mills Interchange
PlacesBromsgrove • Dudley • Stourbridge • Wolverhampton
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Other nearby roads
WolverhamptonA4038 • A4039 • A4098 • A41 • A4123 • A4124 • A4126 • A4150 • A4444 • A446(M) • A449 • A4510 • A454 • A457 • A459 • A460 • A462 • A463 • A464 • A464 (Oaken - Nantwich) • B4155 • B4156 • B4157 • B4158 (Wolverhampton) • B4159 • B4160 (Wolverhampton) • B4161 • B4162 • B4162 (Monmore Green - Deepfields) • B4163 • B4164 (Moxley - Ocker Hill) • B4454 (Wednesfield) • B4464 • B4483 • B4484 • B4563 • B4590 • Bilston Link Motorway • C108 (Staffordshire) • C114 (Staffordshire) • C116 (Staffordshire) • C137 (Staffordshire) • C234 (Staffordshire) • C259 (Staffordshire) • C272 (Staffordshire) • C273 (Staffordshire) • C335 (Staffordshire) • C40 (Staffordshire) • C6 (Staffordshire) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E34 (Old System) • Holyhead Road • M54 • M6 • M6 Toll • NCN81 • Northern and Western Motorway • T11 (Britain) • T14 (Britain) • T49 (Britain) • T50 (Britain) • U110 (Wolverhampton) • U111 (Wolverhampton) • U112 (Wolverhampton) • U113 (Wolverhampton) • U114 (Wolverhampton) • U115 (Wolverhampton) • U116 (Wolverhampton) • U117 (Wolverhampton) • U118 (Wolverhampton) • U119 (Wolverhampton) • U120 (Wolverhampton) • U121 (Wolverhampton) • U99 (Wolverhampton)
DudleyA4033 • A4036 • A4037 • A4100 • A4101 • A4123 • A4168 • A457 • A459 • A461 • B4158 (Dudley) • B4171 • B4172 • B4173 • B4174 • B4175 • B4176 • B4177 • B4177 (Dudley - Kingswinford) • B4178 • B4179 • B4180 • B4458 (Dudley) • B4483 • B4517 • B4558 (Dudley) • B4563 • B4587 (Dudley) • B4588 • Dudley Tour • T14 (Britain)
StourbridgeA4036 • A4102 (Amblecote) • A450 • A451 • A458 • A461 • A491 • B4172 • B4174 • B4180 • B4181 (Amblecote) • B4184 (Lye) • B4186 • B4187 • B4537 • Dudley Tour • Kidderminster, Blakedown and Hagley Bypass
BromsgroveA38 • A4024 • A448 • A449 • A459 • A491 • B4091 • B4094 • B4096 • B4184 • B4186 (Bromsgrove) • B4551 • Droitwich - Leicester Motorway • E116 (Old System) • Longest Lane • M42 • M5 • T16 (Britain)
Motorways in Great Britain
Current MotorwaysM1 • M2 • M3 • M4 • M5 • M6 • M6 Toll • M8 • M9 • M11 • M18 • M20 • M23 • M25 • M26 • M27 • M32 • M40 • M42 • M45 • M48 • M49 • M50 • M53 • M54 • M55 • M56 • M57 • M58 • M60 • M61 • M62 • M65 • M66 • M67 • M69 • M73 • M74 • M77 • M80 • M90 • M180 • M181 • M271 • M275 • M602 • M606 • M621 • M876 • M898
A1(M) • A3(M) • A8(M) • A14(M) • A38(M) • A48(M) • A57(M) • A58(M) • A64(M) • A66(M) • A74(M) • A92(M) • A167(M) • A168(M) • A194(M) • A195(M) • A308(M) • A329(M) • A404(M) • A601(M) • A627(M) • A635(M) • A666(M) • A823(M) • A1058(M)
Motorway Spurs • (M4 Heathrow Spur • M25 T5 Spur • Walton Summit M'way)
Former MotorwaysM10 • M15 • M16 • M30 • M41 • M52 • M62 • M63 • M64 • M65 • M68 • M85 • M110 • M111 • M270 • M274 • M531 • M600
A2(M) • A4(M) • A5(M) • A8(M) • A11(M) • A18(M) • A20(M) • A21(M) • A23(M) • A36(M) • A40(M) (Central London) • A40(M) (Buckinghamshire) • A41(M) • A46(M) • A48(M) (Morriston) • A48(M) (Port Talbot) • A65(M) • A102(M) (North) • A102(M) (South) • A423(M) • A446(M) • A604(M) • A638(M) • A696(M) • A1231(M) • A6127(M) • A6138(M) • A6144(M)
Unbuilt MotorwaysM4 Toll • M12 (Woodford - Brentford) • M12 (Woodford - Maplin) • M12 (Brentwood - -Chelmsford) • M13 • M17 • M19 • M31 • M58 • M59 • M60 • M62 RR • M64 • M81 • M82 • M83 • M100 • M272 • M601 • M650
A2(M) • A6(M) (West) • A6(M) (East) • A14(M) • A48(M) • A59(M) • A61(M) • A556(M) • A695(M)
A Ring • Bilston Link • Belmont Link • B-W M'way • CME Bypass • CMW • Central Spine • Chippenham Spur • Coventry N-S M'way • Cublington Airport M'way • Denham Spur • Derby Urban M'way • Droitwich-Leicester M'way • East Coast M'way • EXR • East Kilbride M'way • E-W Underground M'way • Eastern M'way • Euroroute • Friars Goose Xing • Furness Link • Glasgow IRR • GM Western Relief Road • Hamilton-Cumbernauld M'way • Hook Road • Johnstone M'way • Kendal Link • Liverpool Inner M'way • LOX M'way • Malvern Radial • Manchester IRR • Morecambe Link • NE Urban M'way • NXR • N&W M'way • Paisley-Hamilton M'way • POLO • Princess P'way M'way • Reading Urban M'way • Ringway 2 • Sheffield Spur • S Bristol Spur • SCRPDR • SXR • Stirling Corner Link • Strensham-Solihill M'way • Strensham-Solihill M'way • TGAAR • Townhill Link • Trafford Park M'way • Warndon Radial • Watford Urban M'Way • Western Orbital • Weston Spur