|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Meets:||A689, B1376, A1048, A1049, A1086, A19, B1280|
|Route outline (key)|
The A179 is a short A-road heading west from the coastal town of Hartlepool.
Hartlepool - Sheraton
The A179 starts in the centre of Hartlepool at a roundabout which is also the terminus of the A689 and B1376 Middleton Road, near the Staples office stationery store and the now-defunct Jackson's Landing shopping centre. The road originally headed west from here along Hart Lane but it now heads north to a roundabout under the bridge for a minor freight railway - note the spherical sculptures on the roundabout! The A179 bears sharp left, passing under the Durham Coast Line as it joins Powlett Road, which ends about half a mile later at a roundabout with the pub "The Powlett" to the left. At this point the road become dual carriageway, albeit still under a 30mph speed limit. The houses are set back from the main road, with feeder roads alongside for resident parking.
The road bears right slightly immediately before the next roundabout (Hartlepool General Hospital is to the right here), after which the speed limit increases to 40mph - still rather low for the standard of the road, as it now leaves the northern Hartlepool suburbs. About one mile on is another roundabout, where the A179 has its second TOTSO. The A1086 heads straight ahead for Blackhall Rocks, while the A1049 heads back east towards the Headland ("Old Hartlepool"), while the A179 heads left - due west towards the A19. The limit now rises to 50mph, and then to NSL after another roundabout where the A179 accesses a housing estate to the north. The road also reverts to single carriageway here.
The next roundabout provides access to Hart Village - bypassed in the 1980s - and has Hart Lane (the former A179) joining the present route. The road climbs away, assisted by a crawler lane, as it approaches the Hart substation, which is just south of the road, and which was recently accompanied by some wind turbines. The road then levels off as it approaches its terminus at the diamond interchange with the A19. The road ahead here is the B1280, which provides an alternative route to the A19 for travel to Wingate. In all, the A179 covers just over 5 miles.
Original Author(s): Lonewolf