|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Coventry Ringway (SP331794)|
|Distance:||13.1 miles (21.1 km)|
|Meets:||A4053, B4107, B4102, B4114, B4116, A51, A4097|
|Former Number(s):||A51, A423, A4170|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4098 runs from Junction 9 of the Coventry Ring Road (A4053) to the A51/A4097 at Kingsbury. The road was originally numbered A423 in its entirety, with a multiplex between Over Whitacre and Furnace End along the A47. By the 1970s the section of the road north of the A47 had become the A51 whilst the remainder had been downgraded to become the B4098 - but only as far as SP319820, with the remaining 2 to 3 miles into Coventry as the A4170. Downgrading of the A47 to the B4114 extended the B4098 into Kingsbury and it wasn't long before the B4098 entered Coventry as well.
The road, which is quite busy, leaves Coventry Ring Road by the Fire Station in a north westerly direction, climbing as a D2 for approximately 1/4 mile before it changes to S2 running through the suburbs and is quite busy. There is a further stretch of D2 from SP322814 to SP319821, then it reverts to S2 and has a 30MPH limit as far as the junction with Long Lane at SP311832, where it reverts to 40MPH and the urban landscape peters out.
At the Coventry administrative boundary there is a surveillance camera at SP305845 just before the Horse and Jockey Pub. The road continues undulating and twisting and falls to pass under the M6 at Corley Ash, which is a Speed Camera Van hiding point, before it climbs up and drops down into Fillongley, passing two vehicle actuated SLOW signs for the 30MPH limit in the village; there is one for traffic approaching from the west. The B4102 is crossed and as the road climbs out of the village the limit changes to NSL and we dip and climb up over the railway to pass what was Warwickshire's only deep mine at Daw Mill before we multiplex with the B4114 at Over Whitacre.
We twist along past St Leonard's church and drop into Furnace End crossroads, which has had the speed limit reduced to 30MPH with a vehicle actuated 30 SLOW sign. The B4098 regains its number going straight on, whilst the B4114 heads south west towards Coleshill and the B4116 heads north east towards Atherstone. The B4098 continues north westerly and twists and turns through Nether Whitacre before joining the A51/A4097 at the roundabout at Kingsbury. The character of the road after leaving the urban sprawl of Coventry is quite rural and some quite pleasant panoramic views can be had of the surrounding areas as you approach the tops of the hills en route.
'A' road in disguise... At the junction with the relatively insignificant Halloughton Grange road, erroneous signage existed showing the B4098 as being a Primary route (Still viewable on Google Streetview as of June 2014), which probably refers to its previous A road status, although 'B4098' is listed on the signs which are green.
Original Author(s): leekman