|To:||Heaton Park (SD839040)|
|Distance:||6 miles (9.7 km)|
|Meets:||A627, B6192, A62, M60, A663, B6393, A664, A576|
|Former Number(s):||B6188, B6393|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6104 is a link road in north Manchester.
It starts at traffic lights on the A627 to the south of Oldham town centre and heads west along the residential Hathershaw Lane, signed Hollinwood. We soon move into Hollins Road and continue west across a mini-roundabout then bend left then right to avoid Copster Park. Hollins Road takes us over a bridge across the M60 and the south-facing sliproads of its J22 before we meet a minor road at a roundabout and join the A62 at the next set of traffic lights.
There's a very short multiplex north to the next set of lights where we meet the motorway's northbound offslip. Here we turn left along what should be the northbound onslip but isn't. Now signed Chadderton we follow the D2 Hollinwood Avenue under the Metrolink's Oldham line and alongside the M60. To the left is an industrial estate. A set of traffic lights is soon reached, from where a spur of the A6104 heads off to the right with the M60 to join with its J21 and also the A663.
The mainline of the A6104 crosses the Rochdale Canal and now becomes residential again as it leaves the M60 behind. The A663 is soon crossed at traffic lights, after which the road passes Moston station and goes over the Caldervale Line. A large roundabout is then met where we cross the B6393. The character of the road now changes: the road becomes S2 and the houses lining it become much newer and soon disappear completely as we meet the M60 again briefly. The road bends slightly to the left to follow the suburban Victoria Avenue East. After passing a Tesco the A664 is crossed at traffic lights just south of J20 of the M60 and we continue on into Victoria Avenue, signed Prestwich.
The road zigzags westward through Higher Blackley. On the far side of the suburb there's a brief dualled section as we start to descend into the valley of the River Irk. After crossing the river, the road ends at traffic lights on the A576 opposite Heaton Park.
The A6104 came into being in the mid-1920s as the road between the A6103 and A576 to the north of Manchester. This section was partly new-build and partly upgraded unclassified roads. In the 1960s the road was extended east along what was the eastern end of the B6393 to Hollinwood and the A62 and then the B6188 to Hathershaw and the A627, giving the road its current length. The old route of the road at Hollinwood was severed by construction of the M60 in 2000 and so the road was rerouted.