|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Gipsy Corner (TQ204818)|
|Via:||Central Middlesex Hospital|
|Distance:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Meets:||A4000, A40, A4000|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4492 is a U-shaped B-road in North West London. It was originally unclassified but appears to have gained its number around 1930.
The road starts in the NW10 postcode area; this is a strange postcode in North West London, which covers a lot of area and can relate to Willesden, Harlesden or Park Royal. There is a Park Royal station but actually that is south of the A40; the area commonly known as Park Royal is north of the A40, east of the A406, south of the Grand Union Canal and west of the A4000, so pretty much describes this part of the route of this road. Harlesden is the area to the north of the Canal. The southernmost part of the B4492 is called Park Royal Road and passes through industrial estates that are primarily warehouses as Park Royal marks quite a useful delivery spot for goods coming in to London with its proximity to the A40. Park Royal Road starts at a gyratory on the A4000 just by the A40 at Gipsy Corner
Heading North along Park Royal Road we pass a big Asda on the left and then reach a junction, with the Central Middlesex Hospital opposite. Here most of the traffic takes a quick left then right, a near "straight ahead" into Abbey Road. This is a route to the A406 North Circular Road, meeting it at the Ace Café, and one who didn't know classifications might think this was the continuation of the B4492 road number - actually it would make a lot of sense for it to be. Meanwhile the road to the left is Coronation Road, which around 2003 was brought to life with a new link road to and from the A40 close to the Hanger Lane Gyratory, and probably took a lot of traffic off Park Royal Road. This road continues into Acton Lane at our junction, and it is Acton Lane to our right that takes over the B4492 classification (probably because it always was) although the change of direction is notable - we were heading mostly North and slightly to the West and now we are heading just slightly North and mostly to the East.
At the next traffic lights, North Acton Road is to the right and that is actually a continuation of Chase Road, which is the "straight" route to this point from Gipsy Corner. After this we cross the canal and so are in Harlesden as I mentioned earlier. Harlesden station is at this point, served by the Overground as well as the Bakerloo Line.
Mordaunt Road is the left turn at the traffic lights which bends into Winchelsea Road, changing its name once again to Knatchbull Road before hitting the A404, after which you can continue directly ahead into Brentfield Road, pass the Hindu Temple and meet the A406; from here the B4557 continues even further to the superstores and Wembley Stadium. You can also turn right to get to the start of the A407 if you want to go to Willesden.
The B4492, however, continues under the railway bridge round another sharp bend to the right to head East with even a bit of South. It meets the A4000 once again close to the Harlesden gyratory system.