A444 road

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A444 road
The A444 in Coventry showing the Heath Road bridge
Route information
Length: 32 mi (51 km)
Major junctions
South end: Coventry
  A4600 A4600 road
A428 A428 road
A47 A47 road
A5 A5 road
A514 A514 road
A511 A511 road
North end: Burton upon Trent
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Bedworth
Nuneaton
Twycross
Appleby Magna
Measham
Swadlincote
Stapenhill
Road network

The A444 is a primary road running between Coventry and Burton upon Trent in England, usually referred to as the "A treble four".

Route[edit]

Coventry to A5[edit]

Starting on the A4600 Sky Blue Way in Coventry, it heads north on a dual carriageway road, crossing the M6 at junction 3. It bypasses Bedworth to the west and heads into Nuneaton passing the George Elliot Hospital. The road continues into Nuneaton Town Centre and is notoriously bad for traffic during busy periods. The road then heads away from Nuneaton, through Weddington and crossing the A5 Watling Street.

A5 to Burton upon Trent[edit]

Becoming a rural single carriageway road passing through Leicestershire countryside, it passes near to the outskirts of the village of Fenny Drayton and Farmland of the nearby Lindley Hall Farm that is the location of the geographical centre of England (per the Ordnance Survey). The road also passes near to the site of the Battle of Bosworth. It meets the end of the M42 south of Measham, eventually descending into Burton upon Trent to terminate on the A511.

Improvements[edit]

Between the late 1980s and mid-1990s, a dual carriageway road was constructed in phases connecting Coventry, Sky Blue Way and Nuneaton to provide a more direct link between Coventry city centre and the M6 motorway. The town of Bedworth had already been by-passed during the 1970s and this followed a continuation of this route, the first phase opening in 1989 and the final in 1995.

This section of road is known as Phoenix Way and was constructed along the course of a disused railway line. The former route of the A444 was then reclassified as part of the B4113. Initially, there were plans to create a north-south link road through Coventry, extending Phoenix Way south past its current terminus roundabout, as there is a section of dual carriageway that continues as the A46, numbered as the A444 to the south of the city, but such plans were dropped during the construction of the Coventry to Nuneaton section.

Former routes[edit]

  • Between Coventry and Nuneaton, the A444 used to follow what is now the B4113 road.
  • The A444 used to run between Coventry and Leamington Spa following the B4113. There is still a road sign on the B4113 indicating this.

Gallery[edit]

Coordinates: 52°35′58″N 1°28′39″W / 52.5994°N 1.47749°W / 52.5994; -1.47749