|To:||Ashton under Lyne (SJ942990)|
|Distance:||10.1 miles (16.3 km)|
|Meets:||A671, A663, A62, A669, A670, A635, A670, B6170|
|Former Number(s):||B6196, B6173, B6172, B6171|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6194 is a medium-length B-road in south Lancashire.
The road starts at traffic lights on the A671 in the Balderstone area of Rochdale. Initially it heads east but it soon turns southerly and goes over the M62 to enter open country. It goes through the settlement of Burnedge before becoming urban again on entering High Crompton.
The road runs along the largely residential streets into Shaw, where it reaches traffic lights on the A663. There is a multiplex south from here until a roundabout is reached where the B6194 regains its number and turns left, continuing southward.
The road goes through suburbs that could belong to Shaw or Oldham before (now definitely in the latter) crossing a bridge over the Metrolink and reaching traffic lights on the A62. Shortly afterwards it crosses another set of traffic lights on the A669 before going through the Moorhey area of town. It TOTSOs left at traffic lights before descending southeastwards along Abbey Hills Road. A stream is crossed, then the road bends to the right and heads south along the dead-straight Lees New Road, now in the fields again.
The road eases back in to the urban area, the Hurst district of Ashton-under-Lyne. There is a set of traffic lights in the centre of the suburb with the unclassified King's Road, then the B6194 continues south along Queen's Road to traffic lights on the A670 Mossley Road. Theoretically the B6194 ends here. Actually, however, this is a spur and the mainline took an unsigned right turn a few hundred yards ago onto Whiteacre Road. This reaches a T-junction on the A670, crosses at a staggered crossroads then TOTSOs right onto Mossley Road. It ends at a roundabout on the eastern edge of Ashton town centre where five roads (and four route numbers) meet – the others being the A635, A670, and B6170.
An amended OpenStreetMap trace for this route awaits uploading to the SABRE Wiki.
In 1922 the B6194 ran only between the A663 in Shaw and the A62 in Oldham. The road between Shaw and Rochdale was the B6196 and most of the section south of Oldham was unclassified (although short sections in the area of Ashton-under-Lyne were numbered B6171, B6172 and B6173).
In 1935 the B6194 took over the entire route of the B6196. However, the original route of the A663 went along Market Street in Shaw (but was moved onto its current route in the 1970s), so the eastern end of Rochdale Road was also at one time part of the B6194.
By the end of World War II the B6194 had also been extended southwards via Hurst to Ashton, taking over the three B617x roads mentioned above and giving the road its current length.