Dudley Southern By-Pass
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It was first proposed in 1987 due to growing traffic congestion in Dudley town centre, but the go-ahead was not given until 1993, with preliminary work beginning in 1994 with the clearance of land to make way for the new road, with a targeted completion date of 1998.
The clearance scheme to make way for the by-pass saw the demolition of two houses and the bus garage on Birmingham Road, a public house on Hall Street, Goodyear's factory on Oakeywell Street, and two houses on Stourbridge Road.
The Dudley Southern By-Pass was opened on 15 October 1999. It runs from Castle Gate island to Stourbridge Road in the Holly Hall area of the town, and forms part of the A461 road between Stourbridge and Lichfield.