|Distance:||9.5 miles (15.3 km)|
|Meets:||A52, A6005, A609, A6007, A610|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6096 is a semi-rural A-road straddling the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The road came into being in the 1970s as an upgrade of the B6001 from Spondon to Ilkeston and then the B6007 eastwards to Giltbrook. In more recent years the eastern half the road has been bypassed completely, so none of the ex-B6007 is actually used.
Spondon - Giltbrook
This road has two start points: a T-junction with the A6005, and (for eastbound traffic only) a tight slip road on the A52 which then goes around a right-angled bend and meets up with the other section. The latter looks to be the original route but needed diverting when the A52 bypass was built.
The road bisects Spondon and heads off northeastwards towards Ilkeston passing through reasonably open countryside. After heading eastwards through the middle of Kirk Hallam (one of two council estates in Ilkeston), the road passes through Little Hallam then heads north towards White Lion Square - actually a roundabout with the A609 and A6007.
The A6096 disappears momentarily here, in a multiplex with the A6007. At the next island along, it used to resurface along Station Road (Ilkeston Junction Station (LMS) having been closed in the 1960s) but this is now unclassified and the A6096 doesn't reappear till the next island. It follows Rutland Street and crosses the River Erewash and then a railway line into Nottinghamshire to meet a new roundabout at Cossall.
The A6096 once continued through Cossall Marsh and Awsworth (Cossall is a short distance south of this), but both are now bypassed along a new S2 alignment. A junction allowing entry to Ilkeston (but not Awsworth) is passed, before the bypass ends north of Awsworth at another roundabout. At one time the A6096 used to cross into Kimberley on the present Awsworth Lane/Main Street, but now a short stretch links it with the A610 at Giltbrook, more famously known for a large IKEA store. From here, the B6010 continues, as the former route of the A610 through Eastwood.
Original Author(s): Forest Chav