|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Quorn bypass (NW) (SK551174)|
|To:||Loughborough railway station (SK542202)|
|Distance:||4.1 miles (6.6 km)|
|Meets:||A6, A512, A6, A60|
|Route outline (key)|
Technically my description has it starting out of zone and should start at the opposite end, but I'll describe it the way I drove on it.
The A6004 begins at a roundabout at the northern end of the A6 Mountsorrel and Quorn bypass, just south of Loughborough and heads west of the A6 along a newly built S2. The first junction along this route is a ridiculously overbuilt roundabout for the tiny village of Woodthorpe. The road continues as a 40mph D2 through the estate of Shelthorpe where it comes to a second roundabout. To the right is the old A6004 Shelthorpe Road, which meets the A6 south of Loughborough town centre.
We then continue, back to S2 again for another 500 m to another roundabout for local traffic and then another, with the left turn an unclassified road for the curiously named village of Nanpantan and right being the rather short B5350 to the town centre. We head straight on into the busiest part of the road, which is often rammed full with traffic during the day time, as we pass the University to our left and Colleges to our right.
The next roundabout is a major one with traffic lights, with the A512. Left takes you out to the M1, right takes you into the town centre - but we head straight on back onto a D2 past Loughborough Hospital. The A6004 TOTSOs at the next roundabout taking a right (straight on here and right at the next roundabout is the best way to get back on the A6 if you want to head north out of Loughborough). The road is now at 30 mph for the remainder of its route, passing through older housing estates.
It crosses the A6 at crossroads at the next junction, continuing onto a road with more cars on than I've ever seen in my life... half a dozen car dealerships right next to each other! There is then a TOTSO left onto Meadow Lane, and another right onto Station Boulevard (opened 2012), before terminating at a junction with the A60 next to Loughborough Midland station. Left takes you towards Nottingham, and right takes you back into the town centre.
Prior to 2012 and the creation of a relief road through the old station goods yard, the road passed through old terracing housing as Ratcliffe Road to the A60. The new arrangement has Ratcliffe Road stopped up at the A60 end, and is much improved over the former narrow street with heavy traffic and parked cars.
Original Author(s): Elliott