|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A34, B5490, A50, A5005, A5007|
|Route outline (key)|
Originally the majority of the B5038, the A5035, a short road to the south of Stoke-on-Trent, was given A-road status in the 1970s. However, proof of its former number may be seen at both ends of the road, where the B5038 continues to exist, albeit separated by a few miles!
The A5035 starts at the Ash Green roundabout on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, where it meets the A34. Its final destination is made apparent by the street name Longton Road. It passes Trentham Golf Club and crosses the Trent & Mersey Canal and the main Stoke to London railway line, where its name changes to Trentham Road. It passes the site of the former Hem Heath Colliery and passes through Newstead. For a few hundred yards, the road almost seems rural. At this point, it marks the limit of the City of Stoke-on-Trent. It passes back into the city and its suburb of Dresden, named after a famous German pottery town (incorrectly as it happens: Dresden china is more accurately known as Meißen ware after its place of manufacture!). At a set of traffic lights, the A5035 meets the eastern section of the B5038 and then continues north along the remainder of Trentham Road to end at a modified dumbbell interchange on the A50; the "slip roads" to the left are actually CD Lanes and reach the next junction without joining the mainline. The A5005 is also met at the near roundabout and the A5007 at the far one.
The original route of this version of the A5035 went along Belgrave Road and Meir Road (the former B5037) to meet the A50 in Meir. However, with the upgrading of the A50, this route was blocked. For this reason, the A5035 and B5038 swapped numbers and the A5035 continues along Trentham Road to meet the A50 and the A5005 on the edge of Longton.