- A449 road
UK road routebox
Wolverhampton Kidderminster Worcester Ross-on-Wye
junctions= Junction 24
The A449 is a major road in the
United Kingdom. It runs north from junction 24 of the M4 motorwayat Newportin South Walesto Staffordin Staffordshire.
The southern section of the road, between
Ross on Wyeand Newport forms part of the trunk route from the English Midlandsto South Wales, avoiding the Severn Bridge
tafford - Wolverhampton
The A449 starts on the A34 in Stafford, heading southwards out of the town to meet the M6 at junction 13. Between here and
Gailey, Staffordshirethe road is single carriageway passing through Penkridge. At a roundabout with the A5 the road becomes dual carriageway, forming part of the link between the M54 and M6 North. The road crosses the M54 before entering the urban area of Wolverhamptonand meeting the Ring Road.
Wolverhampton - Worcester
The road resumes on the southern side of the Ring Road, serving the south western suburbs before hitting rural Staffordshire, skirting the edge of
Dudleyand Stourbridgeand meeting the A458 at Stourton. The road becomes urban again while passing to the east of Kidderminster, forming a natural bypass for the town. Between Hartleburyand Clainesthe A449 is once again dual carriageway, but many safety improvements have left the road with a single lane each way and 50 miles per hour speed restriction. North of Worcester, a spur road of the same number heads towards the M5 junction 6, while the main route continues to Worcester, concurrent with the A38.
Worcester - Ross on Wye
South of Worcester, the A449 crosses the A4440 ring road at a roundabout near
Powick. The road skirts the slopes of the Malvern Hills, through the town of Great Malvern. Heading into Herefordshire, Ledburyis passed next and the road becomes quite twisty on its approach to Ross on Wye. Between Ross on Wye and Raglan the A449 is concurrent with the A40.
Raglan - Newport
* The original routing of the road was from Stafford - Wolverhampton - Stourbridge - Bromsgrove
* The villages of Hartlebury and
Ombersleyhave been bypassed
* Part of Ledbury is now bypassed
* Between Raglan and Newport the A449 used to run along a now mostly unclassified road to the west, terminating at junction 25 of the M4
* [http://www.road-to-nowhere.co.uk/route-guides/A449/ Road to Nowhere: A449]
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