|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||0.9 miles (1.4 km)|
|Old route now:||A34|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5079 is today a short link from the A6 to the A34 in the southern inner suburbs of Manchester. It meets the A6 Stockport Road at traffic lights, where the A5079 is one-way towards the A6. The road then heads south along the residential Slade Lane, which becomes two-way almost immediately. After going under the railway line to Manchester Airport the road bends to the right to become the dual carriageway Kingsway. The road soon reaches a half-roundabout on the B5093, which merges with a full roundabout where the A34 zigzags under the railway line. The A5079 ends here.
The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the mid-1920s. Until 1967 it continued further south along the Kingsway dual carriageway (now A34) to East Didsbury, while the A34 ran along the parallel Wilmslow Road. According to one revision of the OS 1:25,000 mapping, for a short time the A5079 number continued south along the slightly later Cheadle bypass when it was newly opened, with the A34 continuing through Cheadle Town Centre. This situation however does not appear to have lasted for very long.
- OS 2.5 Inch Map Sheet SJ88, Revision C// - Ordnance Survey (1960)