|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.2 miles (13.2 km)|
|Meets:||A50, A516, A38, B5008, A514|
|Former Number(s):||A516, B5009|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5132 is a semi-rural A-road in south Derbyshire. The route was originally numbered B5009 in the 1922 classification lists, but was reclassified as the A5132 at some time between January 1969 and 1971. Running mainly parallel to the far busier A50, it is today a fairly quiet road. Its future status as an A-road is open to doubt. "Whilst acknowledging that the A5132 is currently a Principal Road, its status is under review and it may well be downgraded in the near future," according to one source. [Which?]
The A5132 starts on the northern edge of Hilton, at junction 5 of the A50: a simple dumbbell type junction which also serves the A516. After following a section of the latter road's former route into Hilton (Derby Road) for some 300 m southeastward, the A5132 turns south to connect, after another 400 m, to the ex-B5009 at a second roundabout, and the remainder of the route follows the former B-road south-east and then east to Swarkestone.
After leaving Hilton the route crosses the Stoke on Trent to Derby railway line at a manually operated level crossing next to the site of the former Egginton station and passes Derby Airfield (on the right) before reaching a simple grade-separated junction with the A38 about a kilometre west of Willington. In Willington itself, the A5132 crosses the B5008 at a pair of mini-roundabouts before passing under a low bridge (3.6 m) carrying the Derby to Birmingham railway line.
The five cooling towers of the former Willington Power Station (a local icon) are soon passed on the left and at Barrow on Trent a short bypass has removed the A5132 from the centre of the village since 1969.
From here the road continues to its terminus at a junction with the much busier A514 at Swarkestone. Despite its location on a sharp bend in the latter road this is a simple give-way type junction which is not really adequate for the number of vehicles using it and can get very congested at peak times. There has been talk of improving the junction for years, but nothing has ever come of it.
Originally the A5132 – which until the early 1980s (?) had been the B5009 – started at a junction with the A516 Derby Road / Main Street by the Old Talbot Inn in Hilton. However, completion of the current route of the A50 (Foston - Hatton - Hilton Bypasss / Derby Southern Bypass) in the 1990s also saw declassification of the A516 west of Hilton, and the A5132 was extended to run for 800 m north-east along Derby Road as far as the new A50/A516 junction. This produced a V-shaped route through Hilton and within a few years a short new road was built to cut off the corner.
The small village of Barrow on Trent was bypassed in 1969, traffic along the route of the A5132 having being much greater in the period before construction of the "new" A50. In the process, two small "ox bow" sections were created and were made into lay-bys. A problem with occupancy by gypsies led to the stopping-up of the western lay-by, however, and its making over to the farmer whose land lies adjacent to it.