|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Woodbridge Bypass (TM267504)|
|Distance:||5.7 miles (9.2 km)|
|Meets:||A12, B1438, B1083, B1084, B1069|
|Former Number(s):||B1084, B1069|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1152, a fairly short A-road in east Suffolk, is one of the select group of Class I roads that end on a Class II road inland.
The road's western end is at a roundabout on the A12 (the only A-road the A1152 meets) on the northern edge of Woodbridge. It heads east across the fields as the Woodbridge northern bypass. We soon enter Melton, where there is a signalised crossroads with the B1438 (originally a part of the A12). The road ahead is a bypass of the village centre: the original line of the road turned left then right to run the full length of Station Road. Old and new roads meet just before the station, after which the road bends right to cross the railway line at a level crossing.
The road continues east across the marshes to cross the River Deben at the Wilford Bridge. The B1083 turns right at the next roundabout whilst we pass between a golf course and the village of Bromeswell. We TOTSO left, with the road ahead being the B1084. After a straight run northeastwards through Eyke we bend to the right to pass the old village of Rendlesham before skirting a new estate on former RAF land. After a brief wooded section the road ends at a roundabout which provides access to Rendlesham on the left and the now decommissioned RAF Bentwaters on the right. The road ahead is numbered B1069.
The A1152 was presumably classified thus as the major road serving RAF Bentwaters, although it did not achieve that status until the 1960s, in the heyday of the station's use as a USAF fighter base. The route was created by taking over and improving parts of two B-roads that otherwise still exist: the B1084 from the Woodbridge bypass to the TOTSO at Bromeswell, and the B1069 from there to Rendlesham. Although the RAF station no longer exists, there has been no move to downgrade the road again.