|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||13.1 miles (21.1 km)|
|Meets:||B6040, A60, B6041, A634, A1, A1(M), A614, A638, A631|
|Former Number(s):||A60, A614|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6045 is a cross-country B-road in north Nottinghamshire.
It starts at traffic lights on the B6040 (former A57) in Worksop town centre and heads north along Carlton Road, crossing the Sheffield to Retford railway line at a level crossing by the station. This section of road was originally the A60 and that road is met at the next set of traffic lights where the two roads cannon off each other, the B6045 having to TOTSO right.
Now on its original route, the B6045 runs northeastwards through the suburbs of Worksop. On the edge of town it is the dominant number in a short multiplex with the B6041. The road then enters open country and runs along a more-or-less straight road, descending to cross the River Ryton (which we missed by a few yards in the centre of Worksop). It then bends sharply left and climbs Briber Hill into Blyth, where it reaches a T-junction on the A634 (former A614) in the village centre. This is the original eastern end of the B6045 but the road has been extended in two directions since then.
The B6045 turns left and multiplexes along the A634 north through the village, shortly reaching a point where three roads, all numbered A634, meet; in fact the road to the south (that we are on) is the interloper being a spur to give access to the southbound A1. A short distance ahead the mainline of the A634 TOTSOs left and the most recent addition to the route of the B6045 continues ahead. Originally the A614, the road north of Blyth was renumbered as a disembodied spur of the B6045 following the construction of the A1 in the 1960s. The road heads north to cross the River Ryton once more to reach Blyth Interchange (aka A1(M) junction 34) where four different roads meet, the others being the A1 and A614.
To return to the mainline of the B6045 we have to go back to the A634 triple-point in the centre of Blyth and head east. After passing under the A1 the B6045 regains its number by turning left. This road was actually unclassified in 1922 but had become the B6045 by the 1930s.
The road heads east across farmland to reach the village of Ranskill and meets the A638 (former A1) at a crossroads controlled by traffic lights. However, the B6045 is not the road ahead but rather turns left and immediately right, onto a road not controlled by traffic lights. It leaves Ranskill along Mattersey Road, going over the East Coast Main Line to enter open country once again.
The land here is flat and low-lying and the road passes a few small bodies of water en route. Eventually Mattersey is reached, where the road crosses the River Idle. The old bridge was just to the east; this has now been replaced by a footbridge but the (significantly deteriorated) tarmac road on either side still exists. On the far side of the village the road TOTSOs right and heads east to Drakeholes, where it bears left then right at adjacent triangular junctions. The Chesterfield Canal is then crossed before the road ends at a T-junction on the A631.