|Distance:||17.8 miles (28.6 km)|
|Meets:||A43, B1081, B1443, A6121, A15, B1525, B1524, B1525, B1172, B1173, A16|
|Former Number(s):||A16, A43|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1175 is the route of the former A16 from Stamford to Spalding (plus a small part of the A43 in Stamford), brought about by the diversion of the A16 to Peterborough, along the (much delayed) Crowland bypass in 2011. Much of the signage was replaced in 2009, with overlays concealing the new number, prior to opening of the new A16.
Stamford - Spalding
Logic would have it that the A1175 started in the town centre on the old Great North Road, which is numbered B1081 up to here. However, the A1175 actually starts at a limited access junction with the A1 and A43 about 1½ miles south-west of Stamford, near the village of Wothorpe. Here it's possible to join the A1, going north, or leave the A1 southbound only. Before 2009, the section of road from here to the old A1 in Stamford retained the number it always had done, the A43.
The road heads north on the High Street and St Martins and continues under the George Hotel's gallows sign and over the Welland to the Wharf Road/St Mary's Hill junction). This is where the A16 road used to start, diverging from the A1, and turning east.
Since the imposition of a weight restriction on the Town Bridge in Stamford, freight traffic travelling northwest on the A43 has been diverted up onto the A1 Stamford bypass, over the Welland and off onto the A6121, which is routed to the north of the town centre - and the A6121 exit from the A1 now has a single, 'Spalding' sign. The woefully destructive 'relief road' project, which would have cut the corner off Burghley Park, was dropped in the 1998 roads review and the more costly but less invasive dual carriageway from Easton-on-the-Hill to Uffington was, sadly, never a starter.
The road follows Wharf Road to a sharp T-junction with St Leonard's Street and Priory Road, and then turns left up Brazenose Lane and right onto St Paul's Street, where it multiplexes briefly with A6121. The two diverge at a roundabout outside the one remaining gate of the old Whitefriars Priory. The A1175 heads right down the Uffington Road, passing the remains of St Leonard's Priory on the right: Priory Road is signed as a diversion from both east and west. Just after crossing the river Gwash (tributary to the Welland) the route turns sharp right at Newstead Corner and climbs a gentle hill into Uffington. There is an abandoned entrance into Uffington Park on the right. On leaving the village, the road turns sharp left adjacent to the gatehouse to Uffington Park (the house itself having long since been demolished) - an unclassified road runs straight on to Barnack, which could have been accessed from Stamford via the B1443.
Here the landscape opens out markedly, giving the first indication of fenland. The A1175 runs through Tallington: a level crossing at the east side of the village carries it across the East Coast Main Line, at the point where northbound trains gather speed for Stoke Bank. Further east, the road passes the old Tallington gravel pits, now resurrected as Tallington Lakes Leisure Park. At West Deeping it crosses the unclassified King Street (which follows the line of a Roman road), and then continues to meet the A15 Deeping bypass at a roundabout on the west side of Market Deeping. The old A16 continues through town as the B1525.
The A1175 multiplexes with the A15 over a short stretch of dual carriageway to the next roundabout where that road turns left towards Langtoft on its original course and we continue eastward on a single-carriageway bypass road over Deeping Common. Thence it runs successively ENE, NE and NNE across fen and drove, through Hop Pole and Deeping St Nicholas, over another level crossing at Littleworth Drove on the Peterborough to Spalding line. It runs past St. Nicholas House hotel, takes a sharp left-hand bend known locally as 'Policeman's Corner' and continues on towards Spalding.
At Luck's Bridge, the crossing of the South Drove Drain, the A1175 follows the route of the Spalding bypass, whilst the old A16 turned left along what is now the B1172 to run into Spalding town centre. We, meanwhile, continue ahead to cross the Welland once more to end on the current route of the A16 which now bypasses the town to the east.
Original Author(s): Martyn