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A5/Telford - Chirk

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From:  Telford (SJ633105)
To:  Chirk (SJ298398)
Meets:  M54, A49, A5064, A458, A49, A5112, A488, A458, A483, A495, A5, A483
Former Number(s):  A4083, A483
Old route now:  B5061, B4380, A5064, A458, B5009, B5070
Highway Authorities

Highways England • NMWTRA


Denbighshire • Shropshire

Route outline (key)
Arrowwest.jpg West Chirk - Betws-y-Coed
A5 Telford - Chirk
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg Gailey - Telford

South East | North West

Shrewsbury 1954: The original Shrewsbury bypass

At Junction 7, the A5 re-asserts itself over the motorway, and we continue along the relatively new A5 expressway. Most drivers probably haven't noticed that we've left the motorway behind, as it is only just sub-motorway standard, with narrow hard shoulders. After about a mile, we reach the brow of a hill, and then clap our eyes on the Cambrian Mountains for the first time. At the only junction (a roundabout at the end), we swallow the A49, and then spit it out again a bit further around the Shrewsbury bypass. This is actually the second incarnation of the bypass: the earlier version now carries the number B4380.

At Montford Bridge we rejoin the original route, and strike north-west into border country. The once notorious bottleneck of Nesscliffe was bypassed in 2003: look out for the distinctive footbridge across the bypass. We pass the wonderfully named village of "Ruyton Of The Eleven Towns", and at Queen's Head we veer off from the original line of the road (now numbered B5009) to visit Oswestry. At the roundabout you have to decide between "SOUTH WALES" to the left on the A483, and "NORTH WALES" to the right on the A5—which we shall be taking, of course. This stretch of road was built in the last twenty years [more specific?] as part of a programme to improve the A483, an important North-South link in Wales.

We finally cross the Welsh border on a bridge over the Dee Valley on the Chirk bypass, and turn left to regain the original route. The area of road signs increases once we're in Wales because the signs have to be bilingual.

South East | North West

Abbey Hill Roundabout • Anglesey Arms Roundabout • Antelope Roundabout • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Brockley Interchange • Caldecotte Interchange • Canons Corner • Carreg Bran Interchange • Centurion Junction • Chalton Interchange • Churchbridge • Churncote Roundabout • Cluddley Interchange • Crackleybank Interchange • Crick Interchange • Cross in Hand • Dalar Hir Interchange • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • Dodwells Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Druid Junction • Dunstable Crossroads • Edgebold Roundabout • Emstrey Island • Felton Butler Roundabout • Five Crosses • Forge Interchange • Friars Wash • Gailey Interchange • Gailey Island • Gibbet Roundabout • Glan Menai Junction • Glascote Interchange • Gledrid Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • Halton Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Hollinswood Interchange • Holly Lane Roundabout • Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout • Kilsby • King Harry Junction • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Longford Island • Longshoot • M42 J10 • Mancetter Roundabout • Marble Arch • Marylebone Flyover • Mile End Roundabout • Mile Oak Junction • Muckley Corner • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Norton Canes Interchange • Old Stratford Roundabout • Park Street Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Pen Caledog Interchange • Pickmere Roundabout • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Preston Island • Priorslee Interchange • Priorslee Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Red Gate • Redmoor Roundabout • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Smockington Hollow • Staples Corner • Stretton Baskerville • The Column Roundabout • The Turf • Thorn Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Ventura Park Interchange • Wall Island • Watford Crossroads • Weedon Crossroads • Weedon Roundabout • Weeford Interchange • Whitehurst Roundabout • Whittington Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout • Wynns Corner
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