|Location Map ( geo)|
|Via:||Midway Road, Church Street|
|Distance:||0.7 miles (1.1 km)|
|Meets:||A511, B5353, A514|
|Route outline (key)|
The B586 is a short urban road in the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote.
Starting at traffic lights on the A511 (formerly the A50 at Midway (half way between Burton and Ashby) the road descends the residential Midway Road. The B5353 bears off right at a mini-roundabout and we then climb past Eureka Park before levelling out and winding a bit. After passing Emmanuel Church the road ends at a roundabout on the A514 in the centre of Swadlincote.
Interestingly, the B586 does not follow any of its original 1922 route. Originally it started in Ibstock, Leicestershire, on the A447 and headed westwards. It met the B5326 in the village of Heather and then crossed the B4116 (former B584) before entering Measham. After a short multiplex with the A453, it headed past Donisthorpe and crossed the B5003 in Moira and the B5004 about a mile further on. It ended on the A514 in Gresley, on the southern edge of Swadlincote, just over the border into Derbyshire.
This area has seen a major declassification of roads in recent years, and of the roads mentioned in the preceding paragraph only the A4116 has kept its number, although the A42 now also bypasses Measham.
Some time later, the B586 was extended from Gresley through the centre of Swadlincote to its current northern terminus at Midway. This gave the route its maximum length of about 20 miles.
Later still, the entire section of road south of a rerouted A514 was declassified, leaving the short stub of B586 that remains today.
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