|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Mapperley Park (SK569415)|
|Via:||Radford/Forest Recreation Ground|
|Distance:||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Meets:||A6005, A6200, A609, A610, B682, A60|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6130, along with the A6005 and A60, forms a square-shaped ring road around Nottingham, mainly taking in inner-city areas. Originally part of the B681 it gained its present number by the mid-1970s.
The road starts (or finishes) at an island where the westbound A6005 heads off towards Long Eaton. The A6130 bears west for about 100 yards then bends sharply northwards, as Lenton Boulevard, into the heart of Lenton. For an inner-city area this isn't too bad, mainly because it is populated by students, especially the area around the Boulevard - which is tight and littered with the usual street shops: video shops, discount stores, long hour supermarkets, off licenses, cafés, all the usual stuff for students really. The A6200 (ex-A52), which was named Brian Clough Way in August 2005, is crossed at a signalled junction, then the road opens out and continues north towards another signalled junction with the A609 for Wollaton and Ilkeston, which serves as the boundary between Lenton and Radford.
A slightly uneventful (and uneasy) passage through Radford leads to another signalled junction with the A610 towards the M1 northbound. Here the route takes another right-angled turn into Hyson Green (a Carphone Warehouse is currently on this junction, but this has previously been garages, petrol stations and even dodgy carpet stalls!). Radford Road, formerly the A611 and one direction of the NET (Nottingham Express Transit), is crossed at a signalled junction close to a large Asda and an Asian food supermarket. Noel Street, and the other direction for the tram line, is crossed shortly after, at a large Park and Ride site which has been there for several years, but now uses the NET instead of the bus. This is on the site of the Forest - now mainly used as a recreation ground, football pitches etc., but more famously known as the site of the Nottingham Goose Fair in early October, and the first home of Nottingham Forest FC, giving the club their name.
The road skirts the Forest Recreation Ground to the North on its path towards a convoluted double roundabout with the A60 - indeed, this is where a large goose is placed when the Fair is on (There are several stories about this, mainly involving the goose getting nicked, and then being found - if you'd seen it, you'd realise it's pretty much impossible to hide bearing in mind everyone in Nottingham recognises it! It lives in Woodthorpe at a recreation ground the rest of the year).
Although the A6130 does effectively form a bypass of Nottingham, both the A6005 and the A60 head into the city centre, strictly making them radials rather than a ring road - but the A6130 definitely classes as a "intermediate" ring road between the A6514/A52 and A6008.
The A6130 is a recycled number in Nottingham. Its previous use was for Huntingdon Street, which is now the A60. As far as can be ascertained, the two routes did not share the number at any time.
Original Author(s): Forestchav