|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Meets:||A627, B6104, A560, M60, A57, M67, B6169, A6140, A635|
|Old route now:||A560|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6017 is an S2 road running entirely through the eastern sububs of Greater Manchester, between Bredbury and Ashton-under-Lyne.
The route starts at traffic lights at the junction with the A627 just south of Bredbury Library. It then continues northwestwards down Lower Bents Lane. The speed limit is 30 mph with the usual pedestrian lights; congestion levels are high.
We soon reach traffic lights on the A560 and turn left for a short multiplex. This section is S4; however the road is in part of insufficient width. Demolition is needed should the A555 ever be built in this area.
The A560 TOTSOs right at traffic lights and a short section of S2 leads to the eastern roundabout of M60 Junction 25, which only the clockwise offslip meets. The multiplex ends here as the A560 turns left to reach the other slip roads, whilst we continue north. After a winding descent we cross the River Tame to leave the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport for Tameside, in this case the suburb of Denton.
It's less built up for a while with a 40 mph limit. We climb out of the valley and enter Denton proper and the limit goes back to 30 mph, keeping this for the remainder of the route. We pass Crown Point in the centre of Denton where we cross the A57 at traffic lights. Immediately afterwards there's a short dualled stretch as we cross the M67. Traffic lights on either side of the bridge serve the slip roads from J1A.
The road then continues its merry way through Audenshaw to reach Guide Bridge, where we pass the station, once a major railway junction but now mainly derelict following the demise of the Woodhead line. On the far side of the railway we TOTSO right at traffic lights (left is the A6140). We immediately cross the Guide Bridge itself (over the Ashton Canal) and continue along the straight Stockport Road into Ashton. The road ends at a gyratory on the A635 to the west of the town centre.
Following construction of what is now the M60 in the area the A560 was rerouted to meet the motorway, taking over the original southern end of the A6017.