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|From:||Ingleby Arncliffe (SE444992)|
|Length:||16.7 miles (26.9 km)|
|Meets:||A19, A1043, A174, A66|
|Route outline (key)|
The A172 was improved in the late 1960’s/ early 1970’s as a general purpose S2 road with generally good site lines, and bypasses. The only one of any note is Stokesley.
The other think to note is the original road formed the boundary of the North Yorkshire National Park. Providing traffic is light then NSL can easily be achieved along large parts of the road. Before the A19/A174 were rebuilt in the mid 1970's it was the main road linking Middlesbrough & the eastern part of the Teesside conurbation with most of the country.
Ingleby Arncliffe - Middlesbrough
As the road enters the Teesside, initially as a bypass for Nunthorpe. This was originally a village, but is now a housing estate for Middlesbrough. The other part of the bypass is the A1043, a road nothing more than a link between the A171 and A172 with a terminal roundabout and no other access.
The A172 becomes a sub-urban road, passing first through the village of Marton, birthplace of Capt Cook, and the name this road has all the way into Middlesbrough.
Also in Marton there is a diamond GSJ with the A174, As the road become more urban it is remarkable light on direct housing with generally larger properties often set back from the road, until well into Middlesbrough.
The road used to have a short multiplex with the A1085, but now the A1085 terminates at the A172. Originally the road terminated on Exchange Sq, the late Victorian centre of Middlesbrough but various new roads and traffic schemes over the last 30 years has seen the A172 moved about, but it has survived, unlike most of the other classified road in central Middlesbrough. In now terminates at a GSJ with the A66 near central Middlesbrough.
Original Author(s): jonny mo