|Length:||9.3 miles (15 km)|
|Meets:||A66, B1272, A1046, A1185, B1277, B1276, A689|
|Route outline (key)|
The A178 is an industrial A-road in the Teesside area.
Middlesbrough - Hartlepool
The road starts on the A66 in Middlesbrough and runs round the back of the railway station to TOTSO left at traffic lights before crossing the River Tees via the transporter bridge. After a detour to go under the railway line the road TOTSOs right on meeting the A1046.
The A178 continues north. It's surrounded by sheds and factories which dwarf the small row of terraces on your left as you head out of town. The whole area is a salt marsh and mixes heavy and petrochemical industry with bird watchers. At the first roundabout, Seal Sands industrial area is off to your right, and the left turn is the A1185 back to the A19. Going straight on there is very little of interest unless you are a twitcher, and at the next roundabout you can turn into more heavy industry.
We carry straight on into the village of Seaton Carew where the road parallels the sea and runs along the shoreline. The railway line is crossed with a bridge for each carriageway after which the road descends into Hartlepool. It passes the station to bear right at a mini-roundabout by Christ Church, now an art gallery, to end at traffic lights on the A689 near the harbour.
Original Author(s): Lonewolf