|From:||Galley Hill (TL300688)|
|To:||St Ives (TL321721)|
|Distance:||2.7 miles (4.3 km)|
|Meets:||B1040, A14, A1123|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1096 is a short link road near the Huntingdonshire town of St Ives. Formerly part of the B1040, the road gained its current number in the 1970s when the route was upgraded.
We start at A14 J26. Westbound slip roads meet the B1040 at a roundabout to the south of the A14. The A1096 appears here and crosses the main road before the eastbound slip roads turn off to the left and the road continues north. Initially wooded we then cross a short stretch of open land before reaching the outskirts of St Ives.
After a stretch of straight residential road it bends right, with the old B1040 continuing straight ahead; this can be accessed from the next roundabout. We reenter open country and cross a long bridge over the River Great Ouse. The old mediaeval bridge into the town is just visible to the left if you know where to look; that is the main reason why the current A1096 bypass exists, although only dating to the late 1970s.
Back on dry ground, we bear left to cross the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway at traffic lights. The next roundabout provides access to St Ives itself after which we follow a former railway alignment between the town and a lake. This is left at the next roundabout which serves an industrial estate. The road ends a short distance later at a roundabout on the A1123. The continuation of the B1040 is just to the left.