|From:||Old Felixstowe (TM296343)|
|Distance:||1.3 miles (2.1 km)|
|Meets:||A154, B1082, A154|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1021 is the original main road into Felixstowe town and out to the harbour.
The road starts to the north of town at a roundabout on the A154, where flared carriageways on the eastbound A154 suggest that a flyover onto the A1021 was planned (although there is nothing on the other side for it to connect to).
The A1021 heads east along Grove Road, skirting the northern edge of town, before bearing right at the next roundabout onto the urban Beatrice Avenue. High Road is crossed at the next roundabout after which the road goes along the main shopping street, Hamilton Road.
The B1082 turns off for the sea front as the A1021 bears right onto Crescent Road. There is then a short one-way loop, with southbound traffic having to TOTSO left just past the library onto Highfield Road before bearing right to reach a crossroads, with the other road having priority, where it goes straight on. The northbound A1021 TOTSOs left here onto Leopold Road, then right onto Crescent Road.
The final section of the A1021 heads west along the residential Orwell Road, albeit nowhere near the river of that name. Presently it reaches a T-junction back on the A154, where traffic is forced to turn left.
Originally, the A1021 was part of the A139 Ipswich - Felixstowe Road, although that road came in along High Road West and went round two sides of the station to join Hamilton Road. At some point between 1935 and 1939, the A139, having been renumbered to the A45 in 1935, was diverted over the former B1081, resulting in the old road through the town becoming the A1021 instead. When Trimley was bypassed and the A45 moved to the north, the A1021 was as well, giving the road its current route.