|From:||Bromsgrove (M5, M42) (SO969756)|
|To:||Cannock (M6, M6 Toll) (SJ929111)|
|Met:||M5, M42, M54, M6, M6 Toll|
|Route outline (key)|
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.