The A5460 links the motorway network on the southwest side of Leicester to the city centre. For the major part of its length it follows the original Fosse Way course of the A46 along Narborough Road South and Narborough Road.
Looking west along the A5460 towards the M1/M69 motorway junction
Starting at Whetstone Interchange, Junction 21 of the M1 and Junction 3 of the M69, it runs first eastward for around 900 m to the Fosse Park retail park. This road was once a motorway, the A46(M), although now it's hardly recognisable as one. There's a GSJ halfway along with the A563 outer ring road. At what used to be M1 J21A we turn east-north-east to follow the old alignment of the A46.
This is a very busy road – as straight as you would expect from its Roman origins, but with some congested narrow stretches as it nears the city centre. The first 1.7 km of dual carriageway are restricted to a maximum speed of 50 mph, reducing to 40 mph from the Narborough Road / Braunston Lane traffic-light-controlled crossroads, then to 30 mph some 700 m further on. The route terminates at a signalized junction with the A47 immediately west of the West Bridge crossing of the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal (River Soar Navigation).