|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Portwood, Stockport (SJ902910)|
|To:||Marple Bridge (SJ966899)|
|Distance:||5.1 miles (8.2 km)|
|Meets:||M60, A560, A626, A627, A6017|
|Old route now:||A6017|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6104 forms the longer of two routes between Stockport and Marple.
The road starts at M60 J27, on the eastern side of Stockport town centre, where it also meets the A626 and A560, two routes which we will meet again later. The B6104 heads east along Carrington Road. It is initially an insignificant S2/S3 road through the Stockport suburbs.
In Lower Bredbury the road reaches traffic lights by the Travellers Call Inn and from there follows a triple multiplex with the previously diverted A560 (the dominant number) and the A6017. There follows an extremely congested section of road with the road width reduced due to planning conditions.
At a further set of lights the A560 continues ahead and the remaining multiplex of A6017/B6104 turns right at what was once the original western end of the B6104. Reference to the B6104 has now disappeared on this section but in approximately one mile at Bredbury Library we cross the A627 (former B6103) where the A6017 gives up the ghost. This leaves the B6104 as the signed road on the far side of the junction.
The B6104 becomes a more attractive road and passes through Romiley. It then bends to the right and descends steeply into Compstall, running close to the Nature Reserve, before crossing the River Etherow into Marple Bridge. The road climbs through town before ending at a T-junction on a bend of the A626. The latter road continues back via Marple to our starting point in Stockport - a full circle!
Prior to the construction of the M60 the first part of this road was the A560. However, with through traffic being consigned to the motorway and the A560 diverted to junction 25, the B6104 was given its own identity from the Portwood Roundabout.
The original western end of the road was renumbered A6017 in the early 1970s. The B6104 has therefore had a gap in the middle for as long as it has run to Portwood.