|From:||Higham Ferrers (SP959700)|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A6, A45, B645, B569, A5001, A6|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5028 was was the A6 through the Northamptonshire town of Rushden before the bypass was built.
The road starts at the northern end of the bypass, at a roundabout where the A6 and A45 cross. The A5028 heads south and soon enters Higham Ferrers. It runs into town along Station Road (the station is long-gone) and meets the B645 (former A45) at a mini-roundabout. We then run along the High Street before losing the B645 to the right.
Higham Ferrers merges seamlessly into Rushden. We pass an Asda before reaching the town's one-way system. Southbound traffic is forced left, remaining two-way until traffic lights by the old station (now a museum) where the road ahead is the A5001. We bear right here onto the one-way Rectory Road, an old residential road upgraded to become a Class I route. We skirt the eastern edge of the town centre to TOTSO right at traffic lights (through traffic is signed along the unclassified road to the left), then we bear left by St Mary's church onto the southern end of the High Street to rejoin the old A6. After passing the church the road becomes two-way again as we meet the northbound carriageway.
Northbound A5028 traffic bears left at the church onto Wellingborough Road, then turns right at a roundabout with the A5001 continuing ahead. It skirts the town centre on Duck Street, a modern relief road which is lined with a few older buildings. The northern end of the High Street is then reached and the road turns left to head north back to the old station, where through traffic is signposted along the A5001.
From the southern edge of town the A5028 heads south along High Street South. It passes through the suburbs and presently reaches its end at a roundabout on the A6 at the southern end of the bypass.