|From:||Quedgeley (N) (SO813153)|
|Distance:||8.9 miles (14.3 km)|
|Meets:||A38, A430, A38, M5, A419, A4171, A419|
|Former Number(s):||A38, A419|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4008 is an L-shaped B-road in south Gloucestershire.
The road starts at traffic lights with the A38 and A430 between Gloucester and Quedgley. From here it runs southwards, following the old route of the A38 through Quedgley, a little to the west of and parallel to today's main road.
At Hardwicke it bridges the A38. There is a northbound A38 to B4008 connection here, but links in the other directions are handled some 700 metres further south at the Cross Keys Roundabout. We now follow the former route of the A419 to Stonehouse and Cainscross, on the western edge of Stroud.
After meeting the M5 at that motorway's Junction 12 (a dumbbell interchange), the route continues through Little Haresfield, Standish, and Stroud Green, crossing over the Bristol to Birmingham railway line between these last two places. Entering Stonehouse, the B4008 passes under the Gloucester to Swindon railway line, a branch of the route we crossed earlier.
Now turning towards an easterly heading, the B4008 meets the modern route of the A419 at Horsetrough Roundabout, at the eastern end of Bath Road, Stonehouse. Continuing along the A419's original route through Ebley we reach our journey's end at Caincross Roundabout, where we meet the current route of the A419 (again) and the A4171.
In 1971 when the M5 was built the A419 was rerouted to meet it and so the road from Stonehouse to Hardwicke became the B4008. The road has since been extended in both directions by taking over the bypassed sections of the A38 and A419.