|To:||Warren Hill (SK623552)|
|Distance:||10.4 miles (16.7 km)|
|Meets:||B692, A46, A612, B6386, A614|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6097 is important at a link between the A46 from Leicester and the northern A1 via the A614. It is fairly busy as it has the only crossing of the Trent between Nottingham and Newark, at Gunthorpe Bridge.
The road starts at a large roundabout on the Fosse Way just North of Bingham. This is the original line of the A46 and the A6097 still reaches this roundabout as it provides access to the southbound slip roads for the present A46 (despite maps claiming that the offslip is unclassified and the onslip is accessed via the B692). The road heads northwest along a single-carriageway road to go over the A46 to a smaller roundabout where it meets the northbound slip road.
Continuing on, the road shortly meets a signalled crossroads for Newton and East Bridgford. The River Trent is crossed at Gunthorpe Bridge, two bends either side of the river crossing signalling this, and then skirts Gunthorpe village to the West before approaching Lowdham, where the road is dual carriageway either side of the roundabout with the A612, which is followed by another signalled crossroads for access to Lambley. After the bypass ends the road returns to single carriageway and bypasses Epperstone, before two mini roundabouts and a signalled junction link to Calverton and Woodborough. The road then heads to Oxton which again is bypassed - single-carriageway and straight until the roundabout with the B6386, then wide dual-carriageway, complete with trees in the central reservation (as at Lowdham) north of the roundabout. Once the original alignment is rejoined the road uneventfully heads towards its junction with the A614, which is curiously shaped like a roundabout but both carriageways of the A614 have priority through it, so turning onto the Northbound A614 involves needing to give way to both directions of traffic.
This road was originally the B688, which used to pass through the villages of East Bridgford and Oxton. The A6097 came into being in the early 1920s (the first new A6xxx road since classification in 1922) as the section between the A46 and A612; the road was soon moved onto the bypass. The road was extended to Warren Hill after World War II, with Oxton later being bypassed.