Burton upon Trent

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Burton upon Trent
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County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Staffordshire
Forward Destination on
A38, A444, A511
Next Primary Destinations
Derby • Leicester • Lichfield • Nuneaton • Uttoxeter
Places related to the A38
Alfreton • Birmingham • Bodmin • Bridgwater • Bristol • Bromsgrove • Derby • Droitwich Spa • Exeter • Gloucester • Lichfield • Liskeard • Mansfield • Plymouth • Ripley • Saltash • Taunton • Tewkesbury • Torpoint • Wellington (Somerset) • Worcester
Places related to the A444
Coventry • Nuneaton • Royal Leamington Spa

Burton upon Trent is a Primary Destination in Staffordshire to the south of Derby and to the north of Lichfield.

1938 bypass
In 1938 a western bypass was planned which would take a rather circuitous route well outside the urban area. Quite why it goes so far out of the way is not yet clear but a significant amount of ribbon development occurred along the B5017 at around the same time and it's possible this was a precursor to further development which would infill the area inside the bypass. There is as yet no evidence found to substantiate such a claim. The bypass itself had orders attached to it but was never built. No reasons have been found for its cancellation but the outbreak of war a year later is a very compelling reason for not building a road.

A bypass was eventually built 30 years later and to a much higher standard. Not only that but it takes a much straighter line than the 1938 proposal.

Routes

Route To Notes

A38

Derby

A38

Lichfield Lichfield is reached via A5127

A444

Nuneaton

A511

Uttoxeter Uttoxeter is reached via A50

A511

M1, Leicester Leicester is reached via A50

A5121

Burton upon Trent The previous route of the A38

B5008

Repton, Willington

B5017

Uttoxeter

B5018

Town Centre A previous route of the A5121 and before that the A38

B5416

A short length from the railway station to the town centre

Burton upon Trent is best known for its brewing heritage, home to over a dozen breweries in its heyday. It originally grew up circa 1000AD around the Abbey of St. Modwen, and had grown into a busy market town by the 18th century. While Burton's great bridge over the Trent was in poor repair by the early 16th century it served as "a comen passage to and fro many countries to the grett releff and comfort of travellyng people", according to the abbot. It was replaced by the current A511 bridge in 1864. The town, with a population of 64,450, lies within the National Forest.

Burton acts as a mini-hub of roads which formerly spread across the Midlands. Before the recreation of the A50 from the M1 to The Potteries, roads from the town struck out north, south, east, west, and south-east (!).



Burton upon Trent
JunctionsBranston Junction • Clay Mills • Rykneld Roundabout
CrossingsBurton Bridge • St Peters Bridge
RoadsA38 • A444 • A50 • A511 • A511 (Atherstone - Burton) • A5121 • A5189 • B5008 • B5017 • B5018 • B5416 • T16 (Britain)
Related Pictures
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1938 Burton upon Trent Bypass.pngA5121 Branston, Burton on Trent - Coppermine - 17692.jpgBurton-on-Trent - Grant Building - Geograph - 1590925.jpgDerby Street, Burton upon Trent (C) Tim Heaton - Geograph - 3223193.jpgWeir on the River Trent - Geograph - 71955.jpg
Places in the West Midlands region
Major citiesBirmingham • Coventry • Stoke-on-Trent • Wolverhampton
Primary DestinationsBirmingham International Airport • Bridgnorth • Bromsgrove • Brownhills • Burton upon Trent • Cannock • Dudley • Evesham • Hereford • Kidderminster • Leamington Spa • Leek • Leominster • Lichfield • Newcastle • Nuneaton • Oswestry • Redditch • Ross • Rugby • Rugeley • Shrewsbury • Solihull • Stafford • Stone • Stourbridge • Stratford • Tamworth • Telford • Uttoxeter • Walsall • Warwick • West Bromwich • Whitchurch • Worcester
Other placesBilston • Coseley • Droitwich • Halesowen • Ledbury • Ludlow • Malvern • N.E.C. • Smethwick • Southam • Sutton Coldfield • Wednesfield • Wellington • Willenhall