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.
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 (!).