|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Sutton in Ashfield (SK510584)|
|Distance:||3.1 miles (5 km)|
|Meets:||A611, B6020, B6022, A38|
|Old route now:||B6139|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6021 is a link road through the Nottinghamshire town of Kirkby in Ashfield. There is also a short spur to the north of the town linking the road to the A38.
Nuncargate - Sutton in Ashfield
The road starts on a T-junction with the A611 at Nuncargate, on the edge of Annesley Woodhouse. This junction has been recently signalised, due to queueing at busy times. The road descends a steep hill, and passes over the Robin Hood Railway line. Passing through various estates, we reach the centre of Kirkby in Ashfield at a crossroads with the B6020.
Originally we would have gone straight over the crossroads here, but the road is now pedestrianised. So we now have to turn left and multiplex briefly with the B6020 up to the next set of lights, where we turn right. This is a one-way street that meets up with the rest of the road at the other side of the pedestrian street, via many small side streets. The southbound drive takes you on a route to the east of the town centre, multiplexing with a different bit of the B6020. The streets can be a tad confusing here, even for a local! Indeed, at some scales the Ordnance Survey map shows three parallel roads all numbered B6021.
We now head north again, first through a residential area, then through industrial parks. Upon leaving Kirkby, we approach a mini-roundabout at Sutton Parkway railway station. The main route carries on straight ahead, and we have a spur of the route to the left (see below).
We are now on Kirkby Folly Road, and entering the suburb of Sutton Junction, named after the (now closed) railway junction, further north than the current Parkway station. The route ends on a mini roundabout with the B6022.
The road originally continued ahead along Hamilton Road before bearing left onto Coxmoor Road to cross the then-A615 in Sutton Forest Side before ending on the B6014 in Skegby. Road improvements in this area mean that almost all this is now unclassified, except a short section of Coxmoor Road which is part of the B6139.
Sutton Parkway Spur
This short spur connects the route to the A38, creating an easy access for the Kirkby industries to the A38 and the motorway network. Running from Sutton Parkway railway station, we immediately cross the railway line by means of a bridge. Shortly afterwards, we cross what at first appears to be a level crossing. This is not really the case; a railway did pass here, but has been long closed, with the railway line over the road still embedded in the tarmac. It is not far from here to our terminus at a large signalised T-junction with the A38.