|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Russell Square Station (TQ301820)|
|To:||Bath Street (TQ324827)|
|Distance:||1.6 miles (2.6 km)|
|Meets:||A4200, B504, A5200, A201, A401, B501, A1, B144|
|Route outline (key)|
The B502 runs for well over a mile through central London.
It starts on the A4200 Russell Square and heads east along Bernard Street for eastbound traffic and Guilford Street for westbound. At the end of the one-way system the road follows the latter then moves onto Calthorpe Street to meet the A201. There is then a gap (although the road used to continue around Wilmington Square which is now unclassified) and the road reappears on the far side of the A401 beginning with Tysoe Street, which becomes Skinner Street, Percival Street and Lever Street. It ends as a one-way street Eastbound, although there is a parallel route of entry along Radnor Street and Ironmonger Row which is unclassified. The end of the road is on the B144 Bath Street, which is also one-way, thus forcing traffic to turn left and meet the A501. Cyclists heading East, however, may turn right onto the B144 and this is actually a recommended route for cyclists.
For other traffic, heading West is also a problem linking the two parts as there is no right turn from the A401 Rosebery Avenue onto the A201 Farringdon Road, and if you slip along Mount Pleasant you cannot turn left onto the B502 Calthorpe Street. The only actual way you can legally connect is around Wilmington Square then left into Yardley Street to get back to Rosebery Avenue to take a left, then left into Amwell Street and another left into Margery Street. From there you can then go ahead across Farringdon Road to get to Calthorpe Street. Alternatively you can skip out the entirety of the Calthorpe Street section but turning left into Rosebery Avenue from Tysoe Street, then ahead, then right into Mount Pleasant and follow through Elm Street to Gray's Inn Road, turn right and then left into Guilford Street.
Cyclists may pass through Wilmington Square and Yardley Street do actually get through to Margery Street (this route is closed off for cars) and may also take this route in reverse as Margery Street has a partial contraflow for cyclists.