A172 road (England)
|South end||Ingleby Arncliffe|
The A172 is a major road in North Yorkshire, and the unitary authority of Middlesbrough, England. It runs from Ingleby Arncliffe to Middlesbrough. The road derives its adumbrated number from 1969 when a thoroughfare link connected South Teesside with the Lackenby Docks in Middlesbrough. Since further urban infrastructure development it has been extended into the North Yorkshire Moors, when it transforms into A174.
Marton Road is that part of the length of the A172 that links Middlesbrough to Ladgate Lane. In 1960 Middlesbrough County Borough Council identified a need for the imposition of a speed limit to control congestion in the city.
Marton Road itself runs from the centre of Middlesbrough, starting at around the site of the old St. John's Church and runs to Marton Crossroads at Ladgate Lane. Along its route the road passes several sites of local interest, including the James Cook University Hospital, and Stewart Park. The road can become congested and is famous locally for the "Marton Crawl" which happens during peak times. The Marton Crawl can take anything up to 20 minutes to get from Middlesbrough town centre to Marton itself. This section of the road has ten speed cameras.
On 29 July 1963, The Transport Minister, Ernest Marples announced a new by-pass for the village of Stokesley. This was the origin of the link road. However edited version of Hansard implies that the new Labour Government re-routed the proposal in 1965 making a Compulsory Purchase Order of the required land. The A172 changes its name to Stokesley Road at Marton Crossroads, passing through Marton-in-Cleveland. The road can be used to join the A19 north to Newcastle and Sunderland and south. The road also joins the A174 (at this point called the Parkway) to the coastal towns of Redcar, Saltburn and Whitby.
There are a number of bus services which operate along part or all of the road. Amongst these are: 27(Marton-Netherfields), 28 (Saltburn), 29 (Stokesley) and 63 (Redcar), which are operated by Arriva North East.
In May 2016 a section of the road 1.5 miles long by the Blue Bell Inn was re-surfaced by the Highways Authority at Coulby Newham.
After the junction with Stainton Way, the name changes to Dixons Bank. As of December 2017 major road improvements are underway at a critical junction, Stainton Way in South Middlesbrough, which will widen access, increase traffic flow, increase highway drainage schemes, and improve street lighting.
The road heads south through the Cleveland Hills and Commondale before it joins the A19.
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