|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Meets:||A50, A52, A5006, A5009, A5010, A5272|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5008 is a short A-road in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent.
The first part of the road is the south-western section of the dual carriageway Hanley Ring Road (called Potteries Way). The majority of the ring road was built in 1986 and the road was then extended clockwise in 2010. However, the road is still not a ring as the north-western section only exists on paper.
Since November 2010, the western terminus of the A5008 has been at a set of traffic lights on the A5010 adjacent to the Octagon Retail Park. It heads southwards and uphill, crossing a former railway cutting en route to a set of traffic lights on the unclassified Clough Street, which was the road's terminus for nearly three months in Autumn 2010. A large Tesco adjacent to these traffic lights was built at the same time as this section; indeed the road was built by the supermarket and only later handed over to local authority control.
The A5008 continues anticlockwise along the dual carriageway ring road, crossing the A5006 Broad Street at a set of traffic lights. This was the 1986 terminus of the road and was a roundabout until 2010. It passes Stoke-on-Trent's park and ride service and another set of traffic lights adjacent to the fire station before meeting the A50 at Victoria Roundabout.
The A5008 disappears in a multiplex with the A50 (albeit continuing along the Potteries Way) until a set of traffic lights where it turns off to the east. From this point on, it is called Bucknall New Road. This section of the A5008 is largely residential, although the houses lining the road to the right were demolished in the 2010s.
After passing under a pedestrian footbridge, the A5008 starts to go downhill (Hanley, as its name suggests, is situated at the top of a hill). It meets the A5272 (formerly B5049) near Northwood Stadium and widens out. As the A5272 reappears in about 1/4 mile, this section can be classed as a useless multiplex.
Now dual carriageway once more, the A5008 passes over the Caldon Canal and down the notoriously steep Limekiln Bank, ending at a set of traffic lights at a crossroads at the bottom of the hill. The A5009 lies to the left, the A52 in the other two directions.