|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||2.5 miles (4 km)|
|Met:||A48, B4287, A465|
|Now part of:||B4434|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4288 was a short road in the Vale of Neath, Glamorgan.
Following the road's route from Neath to Tonna is straightforward as it is now part of the B4434. However, the rest is very difficult to follow on the ground. As St Anne's Terrace turns into Park Street, a narrow alleyway leads off to the left: this is - or rather was - the B4288. This path can be followed along Tai Banc to reach Dulais Fach Road. The B4288 crossed this at a staggered junction, the far side of which now lies under the houses on the right. The right of way still exists as a footpath off Brunel Close.
The road then crossed the railway line at a bridge that is still there before crossing the Neath Canal and River at bridges that are not. It then bore left along a road now lost under the A465 dual carriageway before ending at a T-junction on the original route of the A465 (now numbered A4109) just to the east of the Dulais River.
It is not obvious how long the B4288 lasted - but the number does not appear on any maps after the 1920s. The B4288's crossing of the Neath River seems to have been abandoned early on and the current bridge on Dulais Fach Road used instead - but this always seems to have been the B4434. Certainly walking the route of the ex-B4288 north of Tonna today suggests that the road was never upgraded to the requirements of a modern Class II road.