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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Ewood (SD676262)
To:  Preston New Road (SD666284)
Distance:  1.8 miles (2.9 km)
Meets:  A666, A674, A677
Highway Authorities

Blackburn with Darwen

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B6447 Ewood - Preston New Road

Blackburn's B6447 came into existence as one of the unemployment relief schemes of the 1930s, although the majority of the route is made up of pre-existing roads linked together. The route when completed became a south-western bypass avoiding the congested streets of Blackburn town centre and was also known as the 'arterial road', much like the A6119 which opened a decade earlier. Today the B6447 is a very busy road, functioning primarily as a local distributor for a town that has rapidly expanded since the completion of the route.


Aqueduct Road, Blackburn

Branching from the A666 at the Aqueduct pub, the road heads north and immediately crosses under the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at (no surprises) an aqueduct. This structure is huge, and it is interesting to note that the River Darwen is running under the road at this point, so there are actually three levels here: canal, road, and river. Traffic is immediately pushed to the right at the mini-roundabout at the other side of the bridge, and follows urban streets before crossing under the East Lancashire line at Griffin. Had the M65 gone through the town there would have been a junction with it here, such was the importance of this road at the time.

After the railway, the road becomes Stancliffe Street, of 1938 vintage. The concrete barrier on the left stops traffic falling into the River Darwen, but was proven to be structurally unsound after severe flooding in 2002. Major repairs took until 2005 to complete and the road was reduced to one-way running for a while which caused chaos in the surrounding district of Mill Hill. This section of road could realistically have a 40 mph speed limit but it doesn't, so don't ever expect it to get one. Before too long the road becomes built up again and meets the A674 at a set of signals before climbing up towards the A677 via Buncer Lane. There are several speed cameras along this section. After bearing right onto Billinge Avenue the road terminates at the top of the hill at a mini-roundabout on the A677 Preston New Road.


Buncer Lane

Buncer Lane - looking southwards from near Wensley Road

The upgraded Buncer Lane was opened on 9 October 1930 by Alderman L. Bates, Mayor of Blackburn. It was described as a new bypass road connecting Preston New-road with Witton, through which traffic from Wigan and Chorley districts heading to Yorkshire could be diverted.

It was 978 yards long and had a carriageway 27 yards wide. It had been super-elevated at all bends and had been furnished with the latest Ministry of Transport danger and direction signs. The River Blackwater had been bridged by a new reinforced concrete culvert.

The construction of the road was carried out by both contract and direct labour from the local Employment Exchange. The estimated cost was £18,465 of which the Ministry was to contribute £5,886.

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Other nearby roads
A666 • A674 • A675 • A677 • A678 • A679 • A6062 • A6064 • A6077 • A6078 • A6119 • A6177 (Blackburn - Haslingden) • B6130 • B6231 • B6232 • B6233 • B6234 • B6236 • B6391 • B6535 • M65 • T66 (Britain)
B6400 – B6499
B6400 • B6401 • B6402 • B6403 • B6404 • B6405 • B6406 • B6407 • B6408 • B6409 • B6410 • B6411 • B6412 • B6413 • B6414 • B6415 • B6416 • B6417 • B6418 • B6419
B6420 • B6421 • B6422 • B6423 • B6424 • B6425 • B6426 • B6427 • B6428 • B6429 • B6430 • B6431 • B6432 • B6433 • B6434 • B6435 • B6436 • B6437 • B6438 • B6439
B6440 • B6441 • B6442 • B6443 • B6444 • B6445 • B6446 • B6447 • B6448 • B6449 • B6450 • B6451 • B6452(N) • B6452(S) • B6453 • B6454 • B6455 • B6456 • B6457 • B6458 • B6459
B6460 • B6461(N) • B6461(S) • B6462 • B6463 • B6464 • B6465 • B6466 • B6467 • B6468 • B6469 • B6470 • B6471 • B6472 • B6473 • B6474 • B6475 • B6476 • B6477 • B6478 • B6479
B6480 • B6481(N) • B6481(S) • B6482 • B6483 • B6484 • B6485 • B6486 • B6487 • B6488 • B6489 • B6490 • B6491 • B6492 • B6493 • B6494 • B6495 • B6496 • B6497 • B6498 • B6499
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