|Location Map ( geo)|
|Bradford Outer Ring Road|
|Via:||Little Horton & Bolton|
|Distance:||9.5 miles (15.3 km)|
|Meets:||M606, A6036, A641, A647, B6145, B6144, A650, A6037, A6176, A658, B6381, A647, A650, A6177|
|Former Number(s):||A6036, B6148|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6177 forms the Bradford Outer Ring Road. The number dates to the 1970s when the B6148 was upgraded (although the section between the M606 anticlockwise to the A658 spent a few years as part of the A6036).
For our purposes we start at the Staithgate Roundabout, the northern end of the M606, where we also meet the A6036. Heading clockwise we leave the roundabout along part of a dual-carriageway, although there is no corresponding anticlockwise carriageway for the moment; that has been diverted via a set of traffic lights providing access to the M606 and also for traffic from the motorway onto the anticlockwise A6177 before joining the roundabout further round.
After the two carriageways meet the road continues northwest along the residential D2 Mayo Lane. We cross the A641 at traffic lights after which the road narrows and we become an ordinary residential S2 road, with nothing marking us out as being the ring road. We continue northwestwards through Great and Little Horton before the road bears to the right (continuing at twelve o' clock is an unclassified road cutting off the corner to the westbound A647 and signposted for Halifax. We meet the A647 ourselves at a signalised crossroads shortly afterwards. Here the A6177 TOTSOs right and is the dominant partner in a multiplex along the A647 into town. Presently another signalised crossroads is met where the A647 turns right and we left.
Having left the radial road behind we continue clockwise (still geographically northwestwards to begin with but as the road carries on it bears round to the right and is heading northeastwards about a mile further on). In the suburb of Manningham we cross the A650 at traffic lights and then descend to go over the Bradford to Shipley railway line. The next turn-off on both sides of the road form part of a GSJ with the A6037; both are two-way and meet that road at T-junctions. We then go over the A6037 and then start to climb up again. At the next set of lights we meet yet another part of the GSJ, a two-way road heading south.
We wind up the hill and reach traffic lights opposite the gates to Peel Park in the suburb of Bolton. Here we are forced to turn left. There's another set of lights just beyond, where the A6176 continues ahead whilst we TOTSO right. We head east along the northern side of Peel Park, still climbing - the view behind is excellent. Near the top of the hill we cross the A658 at traffic lights. The road then levels out past allotments to a T-junction. Left is a spur of the A6177 back to the A658 whilst the mainline TOTSOs right.
We continue southeastwards along the dead-straight Killinghall Road, descending once more. There's a golf course on the right and a park on the left afterwards. By the time we cross the A647 at traffic lights we're heading due south. There's a slight kink as we go over the Bradford Interchange to Leeds railway line then we start to head west once more. We lose the houses and start to run through light industry. The A650 is soon crossed at a roundabout after which the road becomes dual once more. We go through a hamburger roundabout providing access to a retail park and then continue more-or-less westwards with a few houses and some offices lining the road. It's not long before we return to Staithgate Roundabout having completed the circle.