|From:||Crossways Interchange (SJ129760)|
|To:||Springfield Halkyn Interchange (SJ207723)|
|Distance:||9.5 miles (15.3 km)|
|Meets:||A55, A5151, B5121, B5432, A548, A55, B5123|
|Former Number(s):||A55, B5332, A548|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5026 is a four-branched A-road centred on the Flintshire town of Holywell.
The road starts at A55 J31, a dumbbell interchange where the A5151 is also met, and heads northeastwards to Pant y Wacco, from where a spur heads back west to a roundabout on the A5151 under a mile north of the A55.
The road continues east, bypassing Gorsedd and Carmel, as it always has, before entering Holywell along Holway Road. On the western edge of town the road splits. The left fork runs through the town centre. It meets the B5121 to the holy well itself before reaching a gyratory around the bus station, from where the B5121 and B5432 head south back to the mainline of the A5026. We now head east along Coleshill Street before running down a valley into Welston, signed as a suburb of Bagillt. The road bends to the right to a sharply angled T-junction on the original line of the A548, where we turn right (the easier turn) to end on the current line of that road a short distance to the east.
Returning to Holywell, the mainline of the A5026 skirts the edge of town. The B5121 is crossed at traffic lights and then the B5432 is met. There are a few bends and we reach open country, with the sea just visible to the left. We pass the bizarrely named village of Dolphin after which the road splits, with westbound traffic having to give way to the westbound offslip from A55 J32. Shortly afterwards the eastbound offslip meets us. Now, this is all J32 is - there are no onslips here - and so the A5026 continues on to reach the A55. The two roads run adjacent for a short distance before the A5026 descends to a crossroads, which is part of J32A. The road ahead is the eastbound onslip (which remains two-way for some distance as a local access road), whilst turning right under the A55 leads to the two westbound sliproads and also the B5123. The A5026 ends here.
Today's A5026 follows the former route of the A55 through Holywell in Flintshire for some 6.6 miles, leaving the new alignment at Junction 31 west of the town and rejoining it at Junction 32A.
The original 2.2 mile route of the A5026, running east from Holywell to the A548 at Whelston, has retained that number as a branch off the "main line". Another, shorter (0.7 mile) branch at the western end of the route runs from the A5151 at Pen-ffordd-lan to Pant y Wacco, along a stretch of road formerly numbered B5332.