|To:||Lawton Gate (SJ808560)|
|Distance:||1.9 miles (3.1 km)|
|Meets:||A34, B5077, A50|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5011 is a short yet relatively important A-road. It is at this point where the pre-M6 main road from London to Carlisle migrates from the A34 to the A50, via the A5011. Indeed, the A5011 runs seamlessly into both roads at each end, as they have to TOTSO. On some maps, this road is shown as an extension of the A533, although this is not the case.
The A5011 starts at the Talke traffic lights on the A34 in northern Staffordshire. It forms the boundary between Talke and Butt Lane at this point. After a few hundred yards the main entrance to Butt Lane Industrial Estate is found on this road and traffic enters open country soon afterwards. After passing through a short cutting, the A5011 enters Cheshire - but the change in county is not obvious on the ground.
The A5011 now passes a couple of small woods, farms and an underground reservoir before returning once again into a built-up area. This is Alsager: the only significant place in Cheshire with a Staffordshire postal address. At first, the houses are only on the west of the road. However, after crossing the Stoke-on-Trent to Crewe railway line and the now dismantled Stoke to Sandbach railway line, the village of Church Lawton appears on the east.
Soon after, the A5011 reaches a set of traffic lights, where it meets the B5077 before terminating one block further north on the A50 at the end of Liverpool Road West. Since this road is now one-way, A50 westbound traffic is signposted via the traffic lights and therefore needs to take the A5011 (and B5077) for a short distance.