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From:Bodmin (SX087684)
To:Mansfield (SK535610)
Length:309.8 miles (498.6 km)
Meets: M1, M4, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M50, A4, A6, A30, A38(M), A39, A40, A44, A50, A52, A361, A380
Former Number(s):A61, A387, A389, A446, A615
Now part of:M5, A379, A3015, A5127, B3181, B3187
Highway Authorities

Highways Agency (Area 1 • Area 7 • Area 9) • Birmingham • Bristol • Cornwall • Derbyshire • Devon • Gloucestershire • North Somerset • Nottinghamshire • Somerset • South Gloucestershire • Staffordshire • Warwickshire • Worcestershire

Traditional Counties

Cornwall • Derbyshire • Devon • Gloucestershire • Nottinghamshire • Somerset • Staffordshire • Warwickshire • Worcestershire

Route outline (key)
A38 Bodmin - Exeter
A38 Exeter - Sampford Peverell
(M5) Exeter - Sampford Peverell
A38 Sampford Peverell - Brent Knoll
A38 Brent Knoll - Bristol
A38 Bristol - Hardwicke
A38 Hardwicke - Gloucester
A38 Gloucester - Wychbold
A38 Wychbold - Birmingham
A38(M) Aston Expressway
A38 Gravelly Hill - Mansfield Bypass
A38 Mansfield Bypass - Mansfield

Contents

Revamp Announcement

The A38 pages are being revamped into a new, updated portal, similar in content to the new A1 pages - this is work in progress by User:Ravenbluemoon, but everyone is welcome to help on this project!

In depth descriptions of the following sections of the A38 route are now in progress:

Route

The A38 crossing the Tamar Bridge.
Main Article: A38/Route

Originally, the A38 ran from Plymouth to Derby, but it was extended at both ends. It was known to some as "the longest country lane in England", and the south-western section was notorious at holiday times for the congestion. Fortunately, the M5 took care of that, and nowadays for most of its length the A38 is a fairly quiet road shadowing the M5 extremely closely. (I don't know how many junction signs on the M5 mention the A38, but it's a lot!)


History

The old corner at Spring Pools .
Main Article: A38/History

As one of the longest A-roads in the British Isles, it is inevitable that the road has changed a lot over the years. Of all the changes that it has been through, the gradual southern progression of the M5 during the 1970s has been the most damaging, ripping the heart from the road in more ways that one.

Notable locations along the route

Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction
Main Article: Gravelly Hill

The infamous Spaghetti Junction, Gravelly Hill provides the interchange between the M6, A38(M), A38, A5127 and an unclassified road. It does this by means of a complex array of slip roads and a roundabout.

Lydiate Ash

Lydiate Ash
Main Article: Lydiate Ash

Lydiate Ash is junction 4 of the M5. It originally formed the northern terminus of the first section of the M5.

Bedminster Bridge

Bedminster Bridge
Main Article: Bedminster Bridge

Located in Central Bristol and like Bath Bridge to the east, Bedminster Bridge is in fact two bridges crossing the River Avon, to form a roundabout.

Cullompton Bypass

A disused section of the original Cullompton Bypass
Main Article: Cullompton Bypass

The Cullompton Bypass, opened in 1968 as part of the A38, is the only part of the M5 to not have opened with that number. In its time as A38, the road was D2M standard, with wide central reservations, ready for the upgrade to M5.

Pearce's Hill

Pearce's Hill
Main Article: Pearce's Hill

Pearce's Hill is the southern terminus of the M5 and is located south of Exeter. It is a trumpet interchange, joining the A30 to the M5-A38 route.

Saltash Tunnel

The East portal of the Saltash Tunnel
Main Article: Saltash Tunnel

Almost as soon as you are off the Tamar Bridge heading into Cornwall, the A38 dives into this tunnel in Saltash.

Tamar Bridge

The Tamar Bridge
Main Article: Tamar Bridge

The Tamar Bridge forms the major of 2 crossings of the River Tamar between Plymouth and Cornwall (the other being the Torpoint Ferry) on the A38. The suspension bridge was built as 3 lane tidal flow and opened in 1961 with the toll booths located on the Plymouth side.

Links

Pathetic Motorways

CBRD

Roads UK

The Motorway Archive

Original Author(s): Tim, Chris Goddard, Andy, Bob Sykes and Lez Watson



A38
JunctionsAlmondsbury Roundabout • Aztec West • Barrow Tanks • Barton Turn • Bassetts Pole • Bedminster Bridge • Belgrave Interchange • Birches Green • Branston Junction • Carkeel Roundabout • Carminow Cross • Chelston Interchange • Chelston Roundabout • Churchill Gate Crossroads • Clay Mills • Coombe Hill • Cornhill (Highbridge) • Creech Castle • Cross Keys Roundabout • Cross Rifles Roundabout • Cullompton Interchange • Dart Bridge Interchange • Dartmouth Circus • Deep Lane Interchange • Drumbridges Junction • Dunball Roundabout • East Brent Roundabout • Edithmead Interchange • Filton Roundabout • Goodstone Junction • Gravelly Hill • Gupshill Roundabout • Haldon Hill • Harvester Island • Hillards Cross • Holloway Circus • Huntworth Interchange • Island Shop Interchange • Lancaster Circus • Langley Mill Interchange • Lee Mill • Little Eaton Roundabout • Longbridge Island (Birmingham) • Lydiate Ash • Maiden Down • Manadon Interchange • Markeaton Island • Marley Head Interchange • Marsh Mills Interchange • Menheniot Junction • Minworth Island • Palm Court Island • Park Circus • Pearce's Hill • Perry Elm Roundabout • Pinxton Interchange • Rashwood Interchange • Slideshow Island • St Budeaux Interchange • St Chads Circus • St James Barton • Streethay • Swinfen Interchange • The Black Horse Junction • The Isaac Tongue Junction • The Norton Crossroads • Tiverton Parkway Interchange • Toll Gate House • Toyota Island • Trerulefoot Roundabout • Twelvewoods Roundabout • Twyning Interchange • Tyburn House Island • Walford Cross • Wall's Roundabout • Watchorn Roundabout • Waterloo Cross • Waterwells Roundabout • Weeford Interchange • Wobbly Wheel • Woodpecker Interchange • Wrangaton Cross
ServicesDerby with Burton services • Saltash services • Tiverton services
CrossingsAlrewas Bridge • Bathpool Bridge • Beaufort Bridge • Blake Bridge • Bleak Bridge • Bodmin Parkway Bridge • Brue Bridge (Highbridge) • Buckfastleigh Bypass Bridge • Chudleigh Knighton Bypass Bridge • Darley Abbey Bypass Bridge • Dunball Bridge • Eggington Bridge • Queensway Tunnel (Birmingham) • Saltash Tunnel • Tamar Bridge • Town Bridge (Bridgwater)
ProjectsA38 Dobwalls Bypass • A38 Northfield Relief Road
RoadsA38(M) • Cullompton Bypass • E116 (Old System) • EuroVelo 1 • EuroVelo 2 • Exeter Bypass • NCN2 • NCN4 • T16 (Britain) • T8 (Britain)
MiscellaneousA38/History • A38/Named Junctions • A38/Route
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