|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Adderley Green (SJ919448)|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Meets:||A50, A5007, A5005, A5272|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5039 is a short urban B-road connecting the A50 Longton bypass with the A5272 at Adderley Green. It used to start in the centre of Longton but after the A50 southern bypass was constructed, the road was extended to include a classified route into Longton from the west.
The B5039 starts on the A50, on the westernmost roundabout of the Longton C-D section. As different parts of Longton are signposted in different directions from this roundabout, the B5039 is already signposted with its ultimate destination of Adderley Green, as well as the Times Square area of Longton.
We head around two sides of a large Tesco before passing through Longton Transport Interchange and reaching Times Square (formerly Longton Market Place), between the railway bridge and the Town Hall. We now get lost in the Longton one-way system, which is numbered A5007 (although of course this was the A50 until the 1990s), although many maps claim the road to the right (one-way towards us) is the A5005. Heading in this direction along the B5039 we just need to travel along Market Street for a couple of hundred yards but the other direction requires a detour of over half a mile along virtually all the one-way loop. This detour takes traffic back to the A50 anyway, so it is not surprising that the B5039 is not signposted as such between Longton and the A50.
The left-hand lane of the A5007 turns left at a traffic island to become the B5039 again. Confusingly, Adderley Green is no longer present on the road signs! The road soon passes under a low railway bridge (carrying the Stoke to Derby line) and enters a residential area for the first time. The road name now remains Anchor Road for the rest of the distance.
The road heads steadily uphill, remaining more-or-less straight. At the top of the hill, it passes through a cutting before reaching a roundabout with access to an industrial estate. A gasholder now becomes visible, which is reached a few hundred yards further on at a roundabout with the A5272. This roundabout marks the end of the B5039.