|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||A45, B4106, B4076, B4107, A4053, A444, A4082|
|Former Number(s):||A45, A423|
|Old route now:||A4600, A428, B4428, A4303, A4304|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4114 follows two radial routes out of Coventry city centre.
Allesley - Coventry
The road starts at a grade-separated junction on the A45 at Allesley, just north of Coventry, where we head into the city on the 2-lane dual carriageway Pickford Way, initially constructed in 1966 according to the Coventry City Council website, bypassing the village of Allesley. We then reach a roundabout, meeting the road through Allesley village, the B4076 Coundon Wedge Drive, and the B4106. We continue eastwards down Holyhead Road, where the road drops to 2-lane single carriageway, and becomes very built-up. After crossing the B4107 at traffic lights, the road briefly becomes dual carriageway to provide access to a retail park, along with a small roundabout to provide access to the LIT taxi plant as well. We continue under the railway bridge, to meet the A4053 Coventry Ring Road at junction 8.
Soon after the implementation of these new road markings criticism was quickly shown through local pages within social networks due to the apparent danger.
Coventry - Whitley
We leave the Coventry Ring Road at junction 4, on the far side of the loop to continue on the A4114. The road is now 4-lane single carriageway (2 lanes in each direction). We pass under a railway bridge (with 40 mph Gatsos either side). The road terminates at the next roundabout, which meets the A444 as well as the A4082; all three A-roads here do not continue through the junction. There is a one-lane flyover providing access to the southbound A444, which meets the A45 and A46; this bears off left just before the roundabout is reached. Traffic making the opposite movement have a filter lane.
The A4114 previously ran out of the Coventry Ring Road towards North Kilworth. This was the original section of the road and was upgraded from the B4111 in 1935. Starting along the line of the present day A4600, it then picked up the line of the present A428, before turning off along the line of the present B4428 up to the A5, where it continued roughly along the corridor of the present A4303 and A4304. At North Kilworth, it continued on as the A427, which joined on from Rugby. The section between the Coventry Ring Road and North Kilworth was subsequently renumbered as A427, then when the A14 came along, downgraded from that to the current mix and match as described previously.
The old route through the centre of Coventry ran along Queen Victoria Road, St Patrick's Road and Gulson Road, thus bypassing the city centre to the south. Much of this has been destroyed by post-WWII town planners with the A4053 running along part of the route.
Following construction of the A45 Coventry bypass the A4114 was extended along that road's former route west of the city centre. In more recent years - and some time after the eastern end of the road had been truncated back to Coventry - the road was extended south along another part of the pre-bypass A45; this had been renumbered A423 when the bypass was built and it was that number that the A4114 took over from.