|Location Map ( geo)|
|Derby Outer Ring Road|
|Distance:||6.3 miles (10.1 km)|
|Meets:||A38, A516, A5250, A514, A6, A52, A6005|
|Old route now:||A38|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5111 is the Derby outer ring road; however, it doesn't form a complete ring.
Derby Outer Ring Road
The A5111 starts on the A38 at an at-grade signalised roundabout in the Mackworth area of west Derby. After a few hundred metres, it meets a road for a retail park at a roundabout. It then meets the dual carriageway A516 at a signalised junction. After this, the A5111 becomes a low-quality dual carriageway for a while as it makes its way through the suburbs of California and Normanton. During the first dual carriageway section, it meets the non-primary A5250 at a signalised junction.
Single carriageway resumes at the next roundabout (a junction with the unclassified Stenson Road) and the A5111 continues as single carriageway. It crosses the Derby to Birmingham railway line by Peartree station (a station which sees so few trains that platform access is via a locked gate and an intercom) and goes through a retail park to reach the Mitre Island junction with the A514. The roundabout here is spanned by a four-arm footbridge, each arm of which ends in steps and a ramp, hence the local name of Spider Island.
There's a brief D2 section before we become S2 once more to reach the old A6 at two roundabouts within 200 metres at Alvaston shopping centre, the second of which still serves the A6 into the city centre. The final section of A5111, all dual carriageway to the junction with the the A52 at Spondon, is named Raynesway.
Since the opening of the A6 Alvaston By-pass in 2003, the A6 has joined Raynesway at a new Raynesway Park GSJ, where the main flow seems to be northbound A6 onto eastbound A5111 and vice versa. We become trunk at this point and cross the River Derwent where a modified trumpet interchange provides access to the A52. Raynesway continues ahead, now numbered A6005, to reach Derby Road, the original line of the A52.
The A5111 is an early road improvement - the first stage, running from the A516 junction to the A514 at Mitre Island was complete by 1932 at the latest, and this was temporarily given the number B5381.
Part of the B5381, Osmaston Park Road and Newdigate Street, had been in existence before the 20th century. Manor Road and Warwick Avenue from the junction with the A5250 Burton Road were laid out around 1900 but only as roads in housing estates.
The first purpose built section of the Outer Ring Road from the A6 Duffield Road to the A516 Uttoxeter New Road opened in July 1933 . Originally known as as Town Planning Road No.1, it was given the unimaginative name of Kingsway between the A516 Uttoxeter New Road and A52 Ashbourne Road. Between Ashbourne Road and the A6 Duffield Road would have been Queensway but objection was raised to the same name being used on both sides of Kedleston Road.
Alternative names suggested for the Duffield Road - Kedleston Road section included Rhodesway, Commonwealthway, Penny Long Way, Moult's Way (after the mayor) and Mile Ash Drive before the equally unimaginative name of Broadway was chosen. Broadway was actually an upgrade of an existing road, Penny Long Lane, and a fragment of Penny Long Lane remains as a loop off Broadway. Queensway and Kingsway were entirely new construction.
The number B5381 was short lived - by 1936 Harvey Road had been opened between Mitre Island and Alvaston and the south western side of the Derby Ring Road was complete as the A5111 from the A6 London Road back to the A6 Duffield Road.
The final pre-war work on this side of the Ring Road was the replacement of the bridge carrying Newdigate Street across the railway in 1938-39.
The first and only part of the eastern side of the Derby Ring Road to be built was Raynesway, opened in September 1938 from Alvaston to a roundabout junction with the A52 Derby Road, Spondon. Raynesway, which is the only road of that name in the UK, is named after William Robert Raynes who was Derby's first Labour councillor and later Mayor of Derby and MP for the town. Raynesway was built across the River Derwent flood plain on land drained by the Riverlands Scheme of 1930-33. It included a three-span, reinforced concrete bridge over the Derwent built at a cost of £30,000.
From Raynes's speech at the opening of the road bearing his name, it is clear that Derby Ring Road would have been completed in the 1940s had it not been for the outbreak of war.
The unclassified Acorn Way that appears to be a continuation of the Ring Road from Raynesway was built in the 1970s to improve access to the new Oakwood estate. Its route is not a guide to the intended route of the the Ring Road, which would have closer followed the line of Oregon Way to a junction with Morley Road.
The cul-de-sac Willetts Road is the only part of the Morley Road - Wood Road link that was built. From Wood Road to Sussex Circus, the wide single-carriageway Max Road has the appearance of a road that boldly goes from nowhere to nowhere as it does not serve its original purpose. Max Road takes its name from local builder Max Nepolski who built the houses on both sides of the road and hundreds of others in Chaddesden.
From Sussex Circus the Ring Road would have descended into the Derwent valley to join the A608 Mansfield Road. After using Mansfield Road bridge to cross the railway, the Ring Road would have continued ahead along a widened Old Chester Road to a new bridge across the Derwent. A sharp curve to the right would have joined Darley Grove, uphill to an even sharper curve left into Darley Park Drive and so to Duffield Road to complete the ring.
The A5111 has since changed further with the construction of the A38 extension in the 1970s. The section of Kingway and Queensway north through Markeaton has been taken over by that road. However, the A38 diverges from the old A5111 at Kedleston Road (and in fact continues north as Queensway). Broadway is now unclassified.