|From:||Hazel Grove (SJ923867)|
|Distance:||15 miles (24.1 km)|
|Meets:||A6, A626, A6017, B6104, A560, B6468, A57, M67, B6170, B6169, A635, A6140, A6104, A62, A669, A671, A6048, A627(M), A663|
|Former Number(s):||B6103, A6113|
|Old route now:||B6468, A671, A680|
|Route outline (key)|
The A627 began life as the route between the A560 south of Hyde and the A56 in Edenfield, north of Ramsbottom. During the 1960s it was rerouted and extended south along the A6113 and B6103 to reach the A6 at Hazel Grove. Following the various motorway and other road developments to the east of Manchester over the past thirty years, the route has changed considerably: it now only manages to get to Rochdale by taking on motorway status.
Hazel Grove – Chadderton
The road starts on the A6 at the southern end of Hazel Grove, by the Bull's Head pub, heading north along a twisty course (indicated by a tipping lorries sign) and passing Stockport Golf Club. After a couple of miles it turns right onto the A626 at traffic lights at Yewtree Farm, then after a short distance turns left into Dooley Lane to become itself again before crossing the River Goyt near Chadkirk. It then climbs north, passing between Romiley and Bredbury, to reach the A560. Here it turns east, subsumed by the other road, until it reaches the edge of Hyde where the A560 TOTSOs right to continue east and our road heads north along Dowson Road to reach the town centre. Having negotiated the town's inner ring road, the A57 multiplex (although it's never particularly clear which road is dominant) and M67 J3, the A627 heads north again. The road then runs directly via Dukinfield to go over the River Tame, under the Guide Bridge to Stalybridge railway line and then over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to reach a large roundabout on the A635 in Ashton-under-Lyne. Here it picks up primary status and runs along two parallel one-way streets through town, before the northbound route zigzags along the A6140 to join the southbound route for the direct run to Oldham.
The road meets the A62 Oldham ring road. Although the obvious through route is to turn left and multiplex along the A62 until it TOTSOs before continuing ahead to the roundabout on Chadderton Way, many maps also show that the A627 runs through town along King Street and part of Rochdale Road before turning left onto Chadderton Way and meeting the roundabout. The A627 continues on a short distance further to meet the A627(M) at its starting junction with the A663 Broadway at Chadderton Roundabout. The A627(M) continues on via the M62 to end on the edge of Rochdale.
Originally the A627 ran though Oldham town centre and on to Rochdale itself along what is now the A671. From there the road headed northwestwards across the moors to end on the original route of the A56 in Edenfield; this is now the A680.
The original route of the A627 south of Hyde was along what is now the B6468; the current route was originally unclassified but soon numbered A6113. The A627 was rerouted along it in the 1960s when it was extended to Hazel Grove to shorten the multiplex along the A560.