|Distance:||5.6 miles (9 km)|
|Meets:||A167, A1, A1231, A194(M), A182, B1296, A195, A184|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1288 is an urban B-road in County Durham.
It starts on the A167 (former A1) in Birtley before heading east via several roundabouts to reach Birtley Interchange, where it multiplexes along the A1231 allowing access to all the non-motorway routes at the junction. It regains its number and runs parallel to the A194(M) as far as its first junction to gain access to that motorway (and therefore also the A1(M) southbound) and the A182.
The mainline of the B1288 had turned off a few hundred yards earlier, however. It goes through Springwell before it TOTSOs again to the right and then follows a Roman Road for the next couple of miles. Half a mile before the end it crosses the A195. It ends at a LILO, allowing access only to the westbound A184; traffic for other routes should have taken the A195.