|From:||Lobley Hill (NZ238607)|
|Distance:||4.2 miles (6.8 km)|
|Meets:||A1, A692, A184, A167, B1296, A184, A185|
|Former Number(s):||A184, A692, A6084, B601|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1426 is in two parts, linking the centre of Gateshead to main roads in both directions. The road originally had Class I status but its history is rather complicated.
The original eastern section follows Sunderland Road (the old route of the A184) from a roundabout under the A167 Gateshead Highway to the Heworth roundabout where it meets both the A184 and the A185. At the time of numbering to B1426, that number was already in use elsewhere.
The western section goes from Gateshead via Bensham to the A1 Western Bypass at Lobley Hill, including a zigzag route through Gateshead town centre. This route was originally part of the A692 from Consett, but after the Gateshead Western Bypass (then the A613) was built, Askew Road (then part of the A6081) was upgraded to dual carriageway and connected to the Western Bypass to become the new route of the A692. The old route of the A692 east of the Western Bypass was renumbered to become the B601, and once the Gateshead Western Bypass was renumbered to A1 (it had been A69 after it was A613, and was renumbered A1 after the Newcastle Western Bypass was built) the road was now in Zone 1, and so was renumbered as a westerly extension of the B1426.