With the opening of the M40 right through to its link up with the M42 near Birmingham in the early 1990s, much of the route has been downgraded, and renumbered accordingly. The section between Bicester and the M42 near Solihull no longer possesses this number as a result.
The Tring bypass was built in 1973 as a motorway, the A41(M), although this section has been downgraded since. The A41(M) was originally designed to run from Tring to what is now M25 junction 19a. This section was finally built in the late 1980s, although to a lower standard and only as far as M25 junction 20.
At junction 5 of the M42, the A41 follows its old course.
Further north, the road bypasses Solihull, goes through the city centres of Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and passes close to the RAF Museum at Cosford and one of the sites of the V Festival at Weston Park near to M54 junction 3.
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