|From:||New Waltham (TA283058)|
|Distance:||3.2 miles (5.1 km)|
|Meets:||A16, A1031, A46, A180|
|Old route now:||B1219, A1031|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1098 is a busy local road which enters Cleethorpes from the south.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A16 in the fields north of New Waltham. It heads east to meet a road from that village at traffic lights before bending to the left to pass an industrial estate and reach a roundabout where it crosses the A1031. This marks the edge of the Cleethorpes urban area.
We head northeast into town along Taylor's Avenue which is largely residential, although houses are set back on both sides behind service roads. As we get closer to Cleethorpes town centre the service road on the left disappears followed by the one on the right, lining the road with houses. A mini-roundabout is then reached, where the B1374 turns off to the left; this is actually a quicker route to the far end of the A1098. We continue ahead to reach another mini-roundabout right on the sea front, where we turn left.
We head northwards along the coast, along Kingsway. We shortly bear to the left, with the pier gardens separating us from the Promenade, before another couple of mini-roundabouts bear us left into the High Street. After meeting the B1374 again we descend the gentle Isaac's Hill to end at a roundabout, which also marks the end of the A46 and A180.
In 1922 the only access into Cleethorpes was along the A1030 (now A46) and A1031 (now A180), thus making access from the A16 roundabout. It was soon decided that a better link to the A16 was needed and so the A1098 was born in the late 1920s. In its initial format, the road started on the A16 east of Waltham and headed east to Humberston, before zigzagging into Cleethorpes. This route mostly followed previously existing roads; the section immediately north of Humberston was part of the B1198 whilst the rest was unclassified; the final section into Cleethorpes needed rebuilding to produce the avenue seen today.
The road's original route was merely a stopgap and a bypass for Humberston was planned from the outset, as can be seen in the map on the left. This was soon completed and the B1198 got its section through Humberston back (this was later renumbered A1031); the remainder of the bypassed road became the B1219.
In more recent years the A16 has been rerouted to follow a disused railway alignment into Grimsby and the A1098 has been rerouted to meet it. A short section of new road has been built to the north of New Waltham, with the old road either declassified or renumbered as an extension of the B1219.