|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Crewe Green (SJ723553)|
|To:||Lawton Gate, Alsager (SJ809557)|
|Distance:||6.2 miles (10 km)|
|Meets:||A534, A5020, B5078, A50, A5011|
|Old route now:||A50|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5077 is a short albeit busy B-road, given that it is the obvious route from Crewe to Alsager. Indeed, it is rarely more than a mile from the railway line connecting the two places. Except for the two ends, the road seems to pass through the countryside but is dotted with buildings surprisingly frequently so cannot truly be called rural. It is liberally scattered with road signs warning of the recent frequency of accidents, although these signs seem to have been unchanged for some years.
The B5077 now starts on the Crewe Green Roundabout on the A534, at the eastern edge of the town of Crewe and the northern end of the A5020 Crewe eastern bypass. After heading eastward for some 200 metres along Crewe Road, our route TOTSOs right at a fork in Crewe Green village – the leftward road leading towards the village of Haslington. This layout is a hangover from the days before construction of the Haslington bypass in the 1990s, when Crewe Road was the A534 and the B5077 started at this fork.
Road names in this area are unusual. Narrow Lane (wide enough for white lines down the middle of the road) leads away from Crewe Green, which then becomes Slaughter Hill (which is fairly flat) following a sharp bend to the right. A lodge by a drive to Crewe Hall (now a hotel and not accessible from this road) is soon passed. Slaughter Hill ends with a sharp bend to the left adjacent to Gravel Wood, where a road carries on straight to meet the B5472.
The South Cheshire Way (a footpath) is crossed and a few hundred yards further the B5077 passes the edge of the scattered village of Oakhanger, where a Methodist church stands adjacent to the road. It is not long before the road passes under the M6, about a mile north of junction 16. We pass the edge of the hamlet of Radway Green, with its garden centre, and then meet the B5078 on the right at a set of traffic lights. We continue with the B5078 as the submissive partner in a multiplex.
The B5077 enters Alsager a few hundred yards further on. The built-up area is only to the left at first but soon covers the right of the road as well. Just before the centre of town, we pass to the south of Alsager Mere, although the lake is invisible from the road. St Mary's church is passed before we reach a set of traffic lights adjacent to the Civic Centre, where the B5078 leaves us again to the left. The following stretch of road is Alsager's main shopping street.
After moving once more into leafy suburbia, we cross the alignment of the long-gone Stoke–Sandbach railway (by the site of the even longer-gone Lawton station) on Crewe Road, right at the edge of town, and almost immediately afterwards reach the eastern terminus of the route at a traffic-light-controlled intersection with the A5011, Linley Lane.
The final stretch of Crewe Road beyond the lights – which goes on to meet Liverpool Road West (the A50) 150 metres further east – was originally classified as a brief continuation of the B5077. However, in more recent times – the section of A50 leading southeast from the Lawton Arms public house to the B5077's original terminus having been made one-way eastbound – it has become a short spur of the A50 for traffic following that route northwestward.