|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Braunstone Crossroads (SK541035)|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5380 is a short link road on the western side of Leicester. The eastern end of the road was briefly part of the B5418 but this number only came to the area following the construction of the A46 Leicester bypass in 1995.
Some maps show that the B5380 starts at the roundabout GSJ where the A46 runs into the M1 at J21A and heads east along the escape route for non-motorway traffic to a smaller roundabout. Other maps show that this first section is numbered A46 (signs disagree) and the B5380 only starts at the second roundabout. Either way our road now heads south along Ratby Lane, skirting the motorway junction. An unclassified road from Kirkby Muxloe comes in from the right at a roundabout, then we continue alongside the motorway briefly before bearing left.
The road continues southeastwards through an industrial estate. It zigzags over the freight-only railway line from Leicester to Burton before passing a park and ride car park. The road ends shortly afterwards at traffic lights on the A47.
The original route of the B5380 was further west, running from the B582 in Desford, through Kirby Muxloe to the A47 near Leicester Forest East. This part of the route is now completely declassified, although it is still shown on maps after the construction of the M1, and indeed well in to the 1970s. What happened next is uncertain. Either the number was moved on to the current route (with or without a gap in between), or the B5380 was re-routed to the east, away from Kirby Muxloe, onto its present route for some reason, and then later truncated, perhaps with the construction of the A46 bypass route.