|From:||Bishop's Stortford (TL492212)|
|To:||Sandon, Chelmsford (TL748054)|
|Via:||Hatfield Heath, Leaden Roding|
|Distance:||21.5 miles (34.6 km)|
|Meets:||A1250, B1383, B183, B184, A1016, A1099, B1007, A138, A1114, B1009, A12, A414|
|Former Number(s):||A1184, B1005, A414|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1060 is a largely rural A-road, mostly in Essex.
The route starts at traffic lights on the A1250 in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop's Stortford. From here it heads south on the opposite side of the railway line from the town centre. After passing the station the road meets the B1383 at a mini-roundabout and continues straight on, soon reaching the county boundary and open country.
The road continues south and passes through the scattered village of Little Hallingbury before bearing more eastwards to go under the M11. There is no junction here. The next village is Hatfield Heath. Entering the west end of the village, we give way to the unclassified Sawbridgeworth Road coming in from the right and then pass the sizeable and attractive village green, which also lies to our right.
Now heading more-or-less eastwards the A1060 re-enters open country for the longest rural section of the route so far. This area is known as The Rodings and the road passes through White Roding and Leaden Roding, where the road bends sharply right at a mini-roundabout to head south to Margaret Roding.
Resuming our southeastward course from the latter place, the A1060 passes through a number of scattered settlements, none of them of any size, although it does pass to the north of the larger village of Roxwell. Presently we reach a roundabout which provides access to an unclassified road leading to Writtle and Writtle College before arrive in the outskirts of Chelmsford. The A1016 western bypass is crossed via a short D4 multiplex, after which the A1060 remains D2. It goes under a viaduct carrying the Great Eastern Main Line before reaching a roundabout on the edge of the city centre. The A1099 city centre loop heads north from here before rejoining us at the next roundabout.
At the Army and Navy Roundabout we meet the eastern bypass, which is numbered A1114 to the right and A138 to the left. The A1114 is also the number of the road straight ahead thus beginning a multiplex. This roundabout is partially grade-separated: one of those vertiginous, apparently rickety flyovers for light traffic similar to the more famous (and more rickety) Hogarth Flyover in west London carries one lane of traffic across the roundabout between our road and the A1114. The flyover is actually subject to tidal flow, changing direction from eastbound to westbound and back according to the time of day. All other movements need to use the roundabout or one of its filter lanes.
The multiplex with the A1114 bypasses Great Baddow before the A1060 sets off eastward again at the next, limited GSJ (it lacks connections between the A1060 east and the A1114 south). We turn left at the dumbbell roundabout, our road now S2 once again. Soon after entering open country the road passes a park-and-ride site before ending at a dumbbell GSJ on the main A12 bypass. The road straight ahead is the A414.
As its number suggests, the A1060 is not native to this part of the country.
In 1922 the first one third of a mile of today's route in Bishop's Stortford was part of the the A11, then the road to the present junction with Sawbridgeworth Road in Hatfield Heath was the B1005. From here to the centre of Chelmsford, the road was numbered A414, then A130 to Great Baddow, and finally B1009 (which was renumbered as an extension of the A414 in 1935).
The A1060 came into being in the 1960s when the B1005 was upgraded to Class I status, original running just between the then A11 in Bishop's Stortford and the then A414 in Hatfield Heath. By the 1980s the A414 had been rerouted futyjer south and the A1060 was extended eastwards to – and through – Chelmsford. At the other end, the former A11 in Bishop's Stortford was renumbered A1184 with the coming of the M11. That number was transferred to the present bypass in 2007 and the A1060 wasextended north along its former route to reach the A1250 (former A120).