B568 (Leicester - Northampton)
|To:||Abington, Northampton (SP772619)|
|Distance:||30.8 miles (49.6 km)|
|Met (1926):||A50, A426, B582, A427, B4036, A508, A43, B5346, A45|
|Now part of:||A594, A5199, A5095|
|Route outline (key)|
It started on the A426 to the south of Leicester city centre and headed south via Wigston Magna, Husbands Bosworth and Spratton to end on the A508 in the Kingsthorpe area of Northampton, to the north of the town centre. By the mid-1920s it had been extended clockwise around the northern edge of Northampton town centre (following a short multiplex south along the A508) to reach the A45 at Abington.
The road disappeared later in the 1920s, being upgraded to Class I status. The extension became the A5095 in 1929, a number it retains, and the original section became a southern extension of the A50 round the same time. With the downgrading of the A50 south of Leicester in the 1990s the original section of the B568 is now numbered A5199.