|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||6.3 miles (10.1 km)|
|Meets:||A505, A6, B530, A5120|
|Old route now:||B530|
|Route outline (key)|
The B579 is a relatively short B-road in south Bedfordshire. Originally unclassified, it gained its number in the mid-1920s, making it an early example of a recycled number.
As Dunstable Road (the old A505, which was recently rerouted down Hatters Way), it heads under a railway bridge and immediately enters the locally notorious Bury Park, known for extreme congestion and Luton Town FC, among other things. Once you battle your way past the traffic lights, illegally parked cars and pedestrians you come to a small one-way system, which splits the road into two. The A505 headed off to the left towards Dunstable, but the B579 heads to the right as Leagrave Road.
On leaving Bury Park, one can afford to relax a little. The area is still densely populated as you cross the railway and run parallel to it. An inconspicuous junction marks the now-defunct A5228 joining the road in multiplex, branching off to the right. The multiplex is a short section of road which ended with the A5228 turning off left at the next set of lights. We continue forward towards Leagrave on Marsh Road.
We soon hit Leagrave Town centre, which can also be very busy, but not as bad as Bury Park. At the end of Marsh Road we come to a roundabout. Bramingham Road to the right takes you deep into northern suburban Luton. The B579 heads left and Sundon Park Road is straight on. If you wanted to follow the B579 out of Luton, then going straight on would be the much better option, but as it is we turn left to go under the railway bridge and immediately hit traffic lights next to Leagrave Station. We turn right along a wide S2 road named Toddington Road, still running parallel to the railway line and soon hit a mini-roundabout with a road heading under the railway line to meet a road on the other side - this would be the road to rejoin the B579 from my earlier-described alternative route.
We continue along Toddington Road, away from the railway line, now heading out of Luton. The M1 soon comes into view on the left, as we pass a large industrial warehouse structure. The next junction is with Sundon Road - a junction complicated slightly by the construction of the M1. It comprises a staggered junction: first is a left turning across the M1 towards Houghton Regis, and then the right turn towards the Sundons (Lower, Upper, Park), just prior to us crossing the M1 ourselves.
We now enter Chalton. It often smells here because of sewage works; not somewhere where I'd like to reside. Very soon we come across a small hamlet named Fancott, which features a right turn onto the B530 which takes you directly to M1 J12, if that's your thing. That road, incidentally, was first classified as the mainline of the B579 in the 1980s (with the rest of the road mentioned below being declassified); the B579 was quickly given its old route back and the B530 came into being.
Leaving this junction behind, we continue straight on into Toddington, our destination. On the nearside of the village the B579 bends sharply left to make a beeline to the B5120 and journey's end. To the left is Houghton Regis; the right, the village centre, M1 J12 and Flitwick. Meanwhile at that bend a one-way street comes in towards us; this is the original line of the B579 and now an outbound spur - it runs along narrow village streets from the B5120 on the village common, in view of the old church.
An amended OpenStreetMap trace for this route awaits uploading to the SABRE Wiki.