|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||6.1 miles (9.8 km)|
|Meets:||A3102, B4553, B4006, B4553, A4198, B4587, A4198, B4019, A4311, A419|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4534 is a road connecting the outer suburban areas lying to the west and north of Swindon town centre. It runs from Freshbrook, near junction 16 of the M4 motorway, to a point close to the A419 at Blunsdon.
The route formerly ended on the A419 itself, at a T-junction nearly opposite the Cold Harbour pub, Blunsdon (grid reference SU146901). However, the opening in 2009 of the Blunsdon bypass severed the last 200 ms of this route and a newly constructed extension now takes the road a further kilometre southeastward to its present terminus on the A4311 at the Turnpike junction.
Another change in the Blunsdon area has seen the excision of an 800-metre section (now closed to all motorized traffic) of the Lady Lane section of the route, with the result that the B4534 is now split into two sections with no clear connection between the two. Given that a much more recent dual-carriageway road – the A4198 Thamesdown Drive – now largely replaces the through-route functions of this end of the B4534, one wonders why the detached northern section of the B4534 is still in existence.