|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Welford Road, Highfields (SK600032)|
|To:||Uppingham Road, Humberstone (SK611053)|
|Via:||East Park Road|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Meets:||A6, B568, A47|
|Old route now:||A6030|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6416 is a local route linking in the eastern suburbs of Leicester. It was originally unclassified but owing to its short length its history is not fully known. The road had certainly gained Class II status by the 1940s and its present number by the 1950s if it ever had another; there is no obvious reason why the road should not be part of the B568.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A6 in the Highfields area of the city; on the opposite side of the roundabout the B568 runs away past Victoria Park. Our road heads northeast along Mayfield Road then zigzags onto Beckingham Road before crossing the unclassified Evington Road at a staggered crossroads controlled by adjacent sets of traffic lights.
We continue northeast along East Park Road, presently reaching Spinney Hill Park, which we skirt. On the far side the road becomes lined with shops then quickly reaches light industry. We pass buildings belonging to at least three different religions before ending at traffic lights on the A47 Uppingham Road.
Originally there was a short multiplex to the left after which the B6416 continued northeast along Sulgrave Road before continuing straight onto Hastings Road on a route no longer accessible. It then bore left onto Gypsy Lane and crossed the A46 Melton Road before ending on the A6 Loughborough Road. Except for Sulgrave Road all this was taken over by the A6030 in the 1960s then declassified (except for a short section) when that road was rerouted in the 2000s to reach the A563.