|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Garstang Road, Fulwood (SD533314)|
|To:||Longridge Road, Red Scar (SD575325)|
|Via:||Watling Street Road, Bluebell Way|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A6, B6241, M6, B6243|
|Old route now:||B6241|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6242 is a largely urban B-road to the north of Preston town centre.
We start at the crossroads with the A6 Garstang Road and Lytham Road and head east. The first stretch of this road is an old Roman Road and is still named as such, Watling Street Road. After a short while a large building appears on our left, which is part of the University but originally was the Sharoe Green Hospital. We pass through a set of traffic lights with Fulwood Police Station on our right and then shortly bend round to the right towards Fulwood Army Barracks. Here we start our multiplex with the B6241, which we stay with till the first roundabout, which marks the start of Eastway.
We finish our multiplex with the B6241 and regain the B6242 number by heading east up Andertons Way, the aptly named Andertons Arms pub appearing on our right. After meeting the off slip from M6 J31A we pass under the M6 with a Premier Inn on our right just after the motorway and we are now distinctly in an industrial area! At the roundabout where we meet the on slip there is a new Shell garage; we turn right and head to our journey's end on Longridge Road, the B6243.
Before the construction of Eastway and the M6 J31A in the 1990s the B6242 continued along Watling Street Road before turning right onto Gamull Lane and ending on the B6243 Ribbleton Avenue, south-west of today's terminus.
Originally, the B6241 ended on the B6242 and so there was no multiplex. That road was later renumbered A6063, which number also took over the western end of the B6242, although it quickly regained its original number.