|Distance:||13.7 miles (22 km)|
|Meets:||A6008, A6130, A52, A6464, B6006, B6464, B6003, B6540, B6002, A6096, B5010, A6096, A5111|
|Former Number(s):||A453, A52|
|Route outline (key)|
Starting at a junction with the A6008 by the Broad Marsh Centre in Nottingham, the A6005 heads west out of the city with the canal to the south. At a roundabout with the A6130 the road crosses The Robin Hood Line and Beeston Cut (the aforementioned canal) on a curved bridge (Abbey Bridge) before meeting the A52 Nottingham Ring Road at Dunkirk Flyover. The road is S4 as it passes through Dunkirk, becoming D2 whilst passing south of Highfield's Park and the University of Nottingham's University Park Campus and to the north of Nottingham Tennis Centre, Highfields Sports Ground, and Beeston Hockey Club, and Nottingham Science Park. There is a speed camera just past the Hockey Club, and the D2 section carries a 40 mph limit.
The dual carriageway ends as the A6464 is met at a further roundabout and the A6005 heads south west into Beeston, where it crosses the B6006 just north of Beeston Railway Station, then onto Chilwell, where it passes Chilwell Manor Golf Club and Chilwell Olympia as a D2. The B6464 into Chilwell is accessible on the Eastbound carriageway only. The road then reaches Attenborough, where it becomes S4 as it passes Chilwell Retail Park, then back to S2 as it passes Toton, with a junction with the B6003, before crossing the boundary into Derbyshire and Long Eaton. The road passes the site of a former speedway track then over the Midland Main Line, where the former route of the A453 (now the B6540) peels off towards Castle Donington at a roundabout (with a Tesco to the south and an Asda to the north). This marks the original eastern end of the A6005, which then continues through Long Eaton until it reaches a bridge over the M1 just after a roundabout with the B6002.
After crossing the M1, the A6005 continues west through Breaston and Draycott before arriving at a T-junction in the Shacklecross area of Borrowash. The road to the right is the B5010 (part of the former route of the A52). We turn left, also following the old alignment of the A52, to continue westward through Spondon, where we meets the A6096 coming in from the right. The present route of the A52 (Brian Clough Way) is crossed at a major GSJ soon afterwards and the A6005 TOTSOs left at a smaller roundabout afterwards. From here a short D2 run of a little over 500 metres brings us to an end-on junction with the A5111 on the south side of the A52.
The first change to this route came when the A52 Borrowash bypass was built during the late 1950s and early 1960s. When this opened, the A6005 was extended Westward along what was the A52 through Borrowash as far as the present junction of the A6005 with the A52.
There was a further, short extension to the A6005 when the A52 was extended from the Pentagon Island to the Borrowash bypass. When this happened, the A6005 was extended from its previous ending point to the roundabout, later rebuilt as a GSJ, at the northernmost point of Raynesway at the A5111.