|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||17.1 miles (27.5 km)|
|Meets:||A610, A6200, A6130, A6514, A6002, A6007, A6096, B6007, A608, B6179, B6013, A6|
|Route outline (key)|
The A609 is an unimportant A-road in the East Midlands.
Nottingham - Belper
The road starts at a one-way system in the centre of Nottingham known as Canning Circus, with the A610 and A6200. Heading West through Radford and Lenton (the road is the boundary), it meets the A6130 at a signalled crossroads, and the A6514 ring road at a large elongated roundabout known as the Crown Island (formerly the site of the Raleigh cycle works and now a campus of Nottingham University) before skirting Wollaton Park and Wollaton to the North, leaving Nottingham at a large signalled junction with the A6002.
Now NSL, the A609 passes under the M1 (after a secret exit to Trowell services) on the way to Trowell and the A6007. This is not a TOTSO, though the A6007 does multiplex with the A609 to Ilkeston, where it leaves at a roundabout with the A6007 (itself now in a multiplex with the A6096 as this is a high-quality (though not GSJed) bypass of the High Street) and A6096; the A609 itself carries straight ahead leaving Ilkeston to the West and passing through West Hallam and Stanley Common (which seems to take an awful lot longer to do than it looks like on the map) before meeting the A608 at a signalled T-junction. This is the start of a multiplex where the A609 is the junior partner, and we must turn right onto the A608 to rejoin the A609 via a left turn at Smalley, over a mile further on.
From Smalley the A609 heads West through Horsley Woodhouse and Kilburn where it turns sharp right to the North to cross the B6179, formerly the A61, at Kilburn Toll Bar. A long-disused level crossing precedes passing under the modern A38 without a junction. The A609 then enters Belper from the East and runs along an elongated one-way system before going over the Midland Main Line and ending at a roundabout on the A6.