|From:||Sea Mills (ST546766)|
|Distance:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Meets:||A4, B4054, A4018|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4162 is a short A-road to the north of Bristol city centre.
Starting on the A4 Portway at traffic lights, the road climbs up through Sea Mills, crosses the B4054 at more lights and then leads a fairly uneventful life as it weaves its way through the 1930s suburban estates of West Bristol. The only thing of any interest along the way is the funny little roundabout where West Parade and Sunny Hill join, which the A4162 simply strides through the middle of as if it had never existed. I suspect that this was a 1930s developer idea of green space which was bulldozed as soon as the route became an important through route.
Anyway, we finally approach the A4018 at Westbury on Trym, and the A4162 splits in two for northbound and southbound traffic. The mainline is Canford Road, the spur Canford Lane, and both join the A4018 at traffic lights.
The 1953 OS map marks the route as unclassified throughout.
However, it was later designated as part of the Bristol Ring Road, and "R" signs could be found on lamp-posts up to the early 2000s. Its terminal junction on the A4018 marked the end of the ring road, as Filton airfield stood in the way of a completion to the A38.
All indications of the ring road around northwest Bristol have now disappeared.