|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Evesham bypass (S) (SP032417)|
|To:||Evesham bypass (N) (SP039461)|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Meets:||A46, B4035, B4084, B4624, A44, B4088|
|Former Number(s):||A435, A44|
|Route outline (key)|
The road starts at a roundabout on the A46 at the southern end of the bypass and heads north along Cheltenham Road. It takes a short distance for the road to become urban, after which it remains lined with houses, although there are open fields behind the buildings to the left. There are a few side roads before the road reaches a set of traffic lights on the original line of the A44, now numbered B4084 to the west and B4035 to the east.
The road then immediately crosses the River Avon and continues along Abbey Road across a grassed area, the former abbey grounds. The road becomes built-up and bears right at a mini-roundabout to enter the town centre. It continues along Vine Street before meeting Bridge Street (actually the original route of the A435 through town) to run onto the wide High Street. This takes us out of the town centre and onto a bridge over the Cotswold Line above Evesham station. The road continues through the northern suburb of Greenhill, climbing a road actually called Greenhill, before reentering open country. The road descends through the fields to meet the northern bypass, here numbered A44. The road ahead, continuing along the ex-A435, is the B4088.
The A4184 came into being when the Evesham eastern bypass was built to take A435 traffic out of town. However, not all of the bypassed section of that road was given the A4184 number. The A44 was then rerouted away from the town centre to join the bypass at its southern end, meaning that the A4184 started on that road just to the south of the bridge over the River Avon.
In the 2000s the A44 has been rerouted to the north of its old route between Worcester and Evesham, so it now joins the bypass at its northern end. The A4184 was therefore extended south so it now covers the entire length of bypassed A435. However, to confuse matters, the main north-south road, including the bypass, was renumbered A46 in 1995.