|From:||Ashton on Ribble (SD525301)|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Meets:||A583, A5085, B5411, A6, B6242, A5085, A6063|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6241 is a modern road which forms a loop around the northern side of Preston. Partly new-build and partly upgraded, the road gained its number in the late 1980s.
We start our journey along the B6241 at Watery Lane on the A583. Our first stretch up Tulketh Brow is "borrowed" from the B5411, which used to start here before our road was constructed. As we approach the top of the hill we approach a set of traffic lights where we carry straight on and now we borrow some old railway! To our left is the Preston - Blackpool railway, which up to the 1970s was 4-track and was then reduced to 2: this road runs on the former "fast lines".
After branching off the railway and leaving Haslam Park behind we approach the recent canal link to the River Ribble on our right, then the next roundabout gives access to the University Sports Complex. In quick succession we come across 3 roundabouts in the Cottam area; the 3rd is called "Nog Tow", where we meet the B5411 on its journey to Woodplumpton.
We continue straight on and head past Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Ground then shortly after cross the WCML. It is also obvious that we have borrowed some road (off Lightfoot Lane); the road's old course can be seen on the right just before the railway bridge.
Shortly after the bridge, we get our first glimpse of the M55, which we run alongside for a short distance and then approach the junction with the A6, which is a terrible bottleneck. There are often queues here; the whole M55, A6, B6241 junction needs re-modelling really.
As we pass under the A6 our road name changes to Eastway and, obviously, we are now on the east side of Preston. New housing is evident on our right with open countryside to our left, which after the next roundabout soon gives way to an industrial estate. After the next roundabout (this road likes them!) we have the Lancashire Evening Post HQ on our left and the suburb of Sherwood on our right. We pass a well known supermarket and begin our multiplex with the B6242. Shortly afterwards we come to a set of lights which we need to turn right at onto Watling Street Road. A short distance further on we come to Fulwood Army Barracks, where we leave the B6242 and turn left onto Sir Tom Finney Way, named after the famed footballer and Preston legend. Our journey's end comes at Blackpool Road, where we meet the A5085 and the A6063.