B507 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Meets:||A2, B527, B529, B524, B525, B527, A2, B522|
|Old route now:||B524|
|Route outline (key)|
The B507 is an urban B-road in Derry.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A2 at the northern end of the upper level of the Craigavon Bridge; there's a statue on the roundabout representing reconciliation. The B507 heads west along Abercorn Road to a set of traffic lights on Bishop Street before running clockwise around the edge of the city centre. The road runs onto a flyover and descends onto a south-facing GSJ with the unclassified Lecky Road. The two carriageways split to pass either side of the gable end of a house, all that remains of a now-demolished terrace - the "You are now entering Free Derry" mural is painted on the other wall (formerly the outside wall) and is clearly visible when travelling the other way.
The road TOTSOs left at Free Derry Corner, by a memorial to the Maze Prison hunger strikers; ahead is the B527. The road then runs along Fahan Street to a roundabout where it crosses the B527 to run north along Francis Street, passing the Catholic Cathedral. The B529 and B524 are crossed at traffic lights one block apart, after which the B507 continues north along Northland Road.
After passing over a low hill the road bends to the left and widens out, passing a number of educational establishments. The B527 is then met for the third and final time as it heads off to the left. The B507 crosses a roundabout and bears to the right to end back on the A2 Buncrana Road at the next roundabout. The road ahead is the B522.
The route of the B507 has changed somewhat since classification in 1923, although the central section of the road has remained constant.
Originally the B507 started on the B71 (present A40) to the west of town and ran along Lone Moor Road to join its current route on Northland Road. It followed this for under half a mile before turning right onto Rock Road, ending at the far end on the A2 Strand Road. It appears that the extension to Buncrana Road dates back to the late 1920s. Rock Road was left as a spur but was declassified some time after the 1970s.