A49 road


A49 road

UK road routebox
road= A49
length-mi= 140
length-km= 231
direction= South-North
start= A40 at Ross-on-Wye
destinations= Hereford
Leominster
Shrewsbury
Whitchurch
Warrington
Wigan
end= A6 at Bamber Bridge
construction-date=
completion-date=
junctions= ukroadsmall|4137
ukroadsmall|466
ukroadsmall|465
ukroadsmall|438
ukroadsmall|4103
ukroadsmall|417
ukroadsmall|44
ukroadsmall|4112
ukroadsmall|4113
ukroadsmall|489
ukroadsmall|456
ukroadsmall|4117
ukroadsmall|5
ukroadsmall|458
ukroadsmall|53
ukroadsmall|5112
ukroadsmall|41
ukroadsmall|534
ukroadsmall|51
ukroadsmall|54
ukroadsmall|556
ukroadsmall|559
ukroadsmall|56
ukroadsmall|5060
ukroadsmall|50
ukroadsmall|5061
ukroadsmall|57
ukroadsmall|573
ukroadsmall|572
ukroadsmall|580
ukroadsmall|58
ukroadsmall|5209
ukroadsmall|5106
ukroadsmall|581
ukroadsmall|5083
ukroadsmall|6
The A49 is a major road in western England, which traverses the Welsh Marches region. It runs north from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire via Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, bypasses Shrewsbury and Whitchurch, then continues through central Cheshire to Warrington, Newton-le-Willows, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan and Standish before terminating at its junction with the A6 road just south of Bamber Bridge, near the junction of the M6, M65 and M61 motorways. The road has a history of head-on collisions, many fatal, as it carries a lot of busy north-south traffic through Herefordshire and Shropshire with little chance for safe overtaking.

Course Heading South

The road meets the M6 at junction 23, Haydock and the A580 [http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/historichighways/eastlancs/index.asp East Lancashire Road] . This is near Haydock Park Racecourse. It enters Newton-le-Willows and passes close to the [http://www.newtonhigh.st-helens.sch.uk Newton-le-Willows High School] and under the Liverpool to Manchester Line railway (northern route). The road enters the borough of Warrington. At Winwick there is a separate dual-carriageway spur of the A49 which leads to junction 22 of the M6 from a roundabout.

Entering Cheshire

From junction 9 of the M62, there is a dual-carriageway into Warrington, and the road passes the [http://www.warrington.ac.uk Warrington Collegiate] and the William Beamont Sports College and Community High School. It has a roundabout with the A50, which is its northern-most end, and passes under the Liverpool to Manchester Line railway (southern route), then has a roundabout with the A57 and passes to the east and south of the town centre of Warrington. (Its original north-south route through the town centre is now partly pedestrianised.) It passes over a roundabout with the A5061 situated on the River Mersey, then goes past Priestley College. It passes over the Manchester Ship Canal, [http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/paths/cheshirering.html Cheshire Ring Canal Walk] and Bridgewater Canal. The road has crossroads with the B5356 and meets the A559 at junction 10 of the M56. The road enters Cheshire. There is crossroads with the A533 and the road crosses the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and Trent & Mersey Canal before crossing the Acton Bridge swing bridge over the [http://www.rwns.co.uk Weaver Navigation] .

The three-mile £6m Weaverham Diversion (near Northwich) opened in September 1992. The old route is now the B5142, passing near [http://www.weaverham.cheshire.sch.uk Weaverham High School] . The road passes over the West Coast Main Line railway. There is crossroads with the A556 at Cuddington and also with the A54 near [http://www.bespokes.co.uk Abbots Moss Hall] , and the road passes through [http://www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk Cotebrook] , near [http://www.cheshire.gov.uk/countryside/OutandAbout/country_parks/little_budworth_country_park.htm Little Budworth Country Park] . The two-mile £3.8m Tarporley Bypass opened in September 1986. The A51 overlaps the A49. [http://www.tarporley-high.cheshire.sch.uk Tarporley Community High School] is near here. The road leaves the A51. The road travels over the Shropshire Union Canal and under the Welsh Marches Linerailway (to Hereford). It crosses over the River Gowy and near Bunbury. The road overlaps the A534 and crosses over the River Weaver. At Cholmondeley there is [http://www.aboutbritain.com/CholmondeleyCastleGardens.htm Cholmondeley Castle] . It crosses the Shropshire Union Canal again. The road enters into Shropshire and is crossed by the South Cheshire Way.

Entering Shropshire

The Whitchurch bypass begins with a roundabout with the B5476, the old route through the town. The three-mile £13.7m Whitchurch Bypass (also part of the A41) opened in July 1992. It passes near [http://sjttc.shropshire.digitalbrain.com Sir John Talbot's Technology College] , then crosses over the railway and also overlaps the A525 (Newcastle under Lyme to Rhyl). At the end of the bypass, the road overlaps as a dual-carriageway for a few miles with the A41, then leaves the A41 at a roundabout near Prees Heath, near the former RAF Tilstock airfield. The two-mile £1.3m Prees Bypass opened in August 1988. There is a staggered crossroads with the B5065, then the road passes over the River Roden. RAF Shawbury is a couple of miles to the east, then the road passes over the [http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/paths/shropshire.html Shropshire Way] and through Hadnall. The Shrewsbury bypass starts at a roundabout with the A53 and A5124, then there is a roundabout with the B5062. The bypass travels over the River Severn and under the railway and overlaps the A5 at a roundabout. Shrewsbury was bypassed when the £64m east-west A5 bypass was built in August 1992.

The route leaves the A5 at a junction on the south of the bypass, with the A5112 heading into Shrewsbury. It goes through Bayston Hill. It passes near [http://www.lythhillhouse.com/attractions.htm Lyth Hill Country Park] , then through Dorrington and over the railway. The road follows an upgraded route through Church Stretton: the old route follows the B4370. The road meets the A489 at Wistanstow. At Craven Arms, there is the [http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/discover.nsf Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre] . At [http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/~jphb/shropshire/Onibury.html Onibury] , there is a level crossing, one of only a few on trunk roads in England.

At [http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/~jphb/shropshire/Bromfield.html Bromfield] , the road meets the A4113, and crosses the River Onny. Near the B4365 junction the road is crossed by the Shropshire Way. The three-mile £4m Ludlow Bypass opened in the summer of 1979. The bypass passes over then under the railway, then over the River Teme. The former route of the A49 is the B4361. After the bypass, the road passes over the railway. At Woofferton, there is a T-junction with the A456. Woofferton has a [http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/woofferton.shtml large radio transmitting station] with a MW transmitter for Radio Hereford and Worcester.

Into Herefordshire

The road enters Herefordshire. The one-mile £1.4m Brimfield Bypass opened in March 1983. The four-mile £9m Leominster Bypass opened in November 1988. At the southern end of the Leominster Bypass the A49 passes the Cadbury's Marlbrook chocolate factory.The road then passes by the A417 to Gloucester and makes its way up Dinmore hill past Queenswood Country Park. The south bound carriageway is 2-lane up the hill and the north bound carriageway is 2-lane heading up the other side of the hill.This can be a common section for accidents and skid-offs.

The road then swings towards Wellington with a short section of Dual-carriageway.The A49 then reaches Hereford, the only major destination on the road without a bypass. The road passes right through the city centre, causing serious congestion on both the north and south sides of the River Wye.The road then swings south-eastwards out of Hereford towards Ross-on-Wye were the road ends, joining into the A40.

History of the road number

The original (1923) route of the A49 was Ross-on-Wye to Bamber Bridge (near Preston), but there have been some changes in its course. The A49 used to start on the A40 at Old Pike, a few miles west of Ross, as the original route of the A40 was through Skenfrith. When the A40 was rerouted via Monmouth in 1935, the A49 was extended to Ross.

At a later date, the A49 was rerouted between Shrewsbury and Whitchurch. The 1923 route was via Wem, but the road now passes close to Prees. Much of the current route was originally the B5064.

External links

* Highways Agency [http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/4777.aspx A49 Ross-on-Wye to Shrewsbury Route Management Strategy]
* BBC News [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/3814643.stm Enquiry into A49 safety.]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • A49 — may refer to : * A49 road, a major British road in Western England * A49 autoroute, a French motorway linking Grenoble and ValenceA 49 may refer to : * Autovía A 49, a major highway in Andalucia, Spain …   Wikipedia

  • A556 road — Looking west at Heyesmere towards Chester …   Wikipedia

  • A51 road — Major junctions South end: Kingsbury, Warwickshire …   Wikipedia

  • A470 road — UK road routebox caption= Gabalfa flyover at the interchange with the A48 in Cardiff road= A470 length mi= length km= direction= South North start= Cardiff Bay destinations= Cardiff Merthyr Tydfil Brecon Builth Wells Dolgellau end= Llandudno… …   Wikipedia

  • A53 road — UK road routebox road= A53 length mi= length km= direction= North South start= Buxton destinations= end= Shrewsbury construction date= completion date= junctions= The A53 is a primary route in northern England, that runs from Buxton in Derbyshire …   Wikipedia

  • A44 road — UK road routebox road= A44 length mi= length km= direction= East West start= Oxford destinations=Worcester Leominster Hereford Rhayader Llangurig end= Aberystwyth construction date= completion date= junctions= ukroadsmall|40 ukroadsmall|34… …   Wikipedia

  • A5112 road — The A5112 is a road in Shropshire that runs north south through the town of Shrewsbury. It runs around the town centre, to the east, and acts as a quicker route through the town than going via the town centre.Starting north at Battlefield Island… …   Wikipedia

  • A41 road — UK road routebox road= A41 length mi= length km= direction= start= London destinations= end= Birkenhead construction date= completion date= junctions= The A41 is a formerly major trunk road in England that links London and Birkenhead, although as …   Wikipedia

  • A417 road — UK road routebox road= A417 length mi= 96 length km= 154 direction= Southeast Northwest start= Streatley destinations= Cirencester Gloucester end= Hope Under Dinmore construction date= completion date= junctions= Junction 2 ukroadsmall|329… …   Wikipedia

  • A6 road (England) — UK road routebox road= A6 length mi= length km= direction= South North start= Luton destinations= Bedford Leicester Loughborough Derby Matlock Stockport Manchester Preston Lancaster Kendal Penrith end= Carlisle construction date= completion date …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.