|Distance:||1.3 miles (2.1 km)|
|Met (1923):||A692, A6081, A6083, A695|
|Now part of:||A189|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6082 is described in the 1922 Road Lists as Gateshead - Newcastle. The exact route of the road is difficult to follow owing to an almost total redevelopment of the area.
The road started on the A692 (now B1426) Bensham Road. It ran along Sidney Grove, before bearing right onto First Street to cross the A6081 Derwentwater Road into Redheugh Road. This lead to the 5-way junction on Askew Road Much of this part of the route has been completely destroyed by modern housing. On reaching the A6083 Askew Road, it crossed into Redheugh Bridge Road before crossing the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge. This was demolished in 1983 following the construction of the New Redheugh Bridge, which opened as the A6082. The new bridge is slightly downstream, although the old bridge's approaches and abutments still remain.
Between the A692 and the north side of the Redheugh Bridge, the A6082 was the major bus route for services from all over North West Durham (via Lobley Hill) into Marlborough Crescent Bus Station.
On the Northumberland bank of the Tyne the road turned right into Railway Street to reach its original northern end on the A695 Scotswood Road. However, the road was extended in the 1980s following the rerouting of the A696 away from the city centre. After following Blenheim Street (what is now St James's Boulevard) the road bore left along Barrack Road, the original line of the A696. It followed this onto Nuns Moor, ending on the A6127 (present A167). The A6082 number finally disappeared in the early 1990s when the A1 was rerouted onto the western bypass causing a large-scale renumbering of roads in the area.
At the southern end of the A6082, improvements of the A692, together with the construction of the new bridge, altered the A6082 completely. Today, the original route of the A6082 is now shadowed by part of the A189, though the two endpoints have changed. Very little of the old road is still accessible to through traffic. The northern extension has become part of the A189.