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The A44 is a major road in the United Kingdommarker that runs from Oxfordmarker in southern Englandmarker to Aberystwythmarker in west Walesmarker.

History

The original (1923) route of the A44 was Chipping Norton to Aberystwyth. No changes were made to the route of the A44 in the early years. After the second world war, the section between Rhayader and Llangurig was renumbered A470, as part of the creation of a through route between Cardiff and North Wales. The A44 was extended to Oxford in the 1990s, replacing part of the A34 when the M40 motorway was completed.

Circa 2004 a Bypass was constructed around Wyre Piddlemarker, as a result the A44 was rerouted down the A4538 between Eveshammarker and Worcestermarker and therefore no longer goes down Pershoremarker High Street. The old route is now known as the B4084.

Route

Oxford – Evesham

The road begins at a roundabout junction with the A40 road on the northern outskirts of Oxford in Oxfordshire. It has a grade separated junction with the A34 road (leading to the M40 motorway and Winchestermarker). From here, the road runs north-west, and has a two-mile section of dual carriageway close to the village of Kidlingtonmarker. It continues through Woodstockmarker and Chipping Nortonmarker, where it meets the A3400 road to Stratford-upon-Avonmarker. It then crosses the border into the county of Gloucestershiremarker where it meets the A429 road at a junction in Moreton in Marshmarker. The road then crosses into Worcestershire and bypasses the town of Broadwaymarker. It joins the route of the A46 road near Eveshammarker, then bypasses the town, re-emerging to the north.

Evesham – Leominster

Continuing in a north-westerly direction, the road passes the town of Pershoremarker, and later meets the A422 road and A4538 road at a junction where the road turns left. It meets the A4440 road to the east of Worcestermarker prior to travelling through the centre of the city. It meets the A4440 again to the west of the city before crossing into Herefordshiremarker and through the town of Bromyardmarker. At Leominstermarker it meets the A49 road

Leominster – Aberystwyth

The A44 near Capel Bangor
the town the road turns right at a junction with the A4112 road, and proceeds through the small town of Kingtonmarker. The A44 then crosses the Wales-England border into the county of Radnorshiremarker (Powysmarker) in Wales. It heads through the Cambrian Mountainsmarker, meeting the A483 road north of Llandrindod Wellsmarker. It then reaches the town of Rhayadermarker, where it joins the route of the A470 road for 9½ miles. The road re-emerges at Llangurigmarker and heads west through beautiful mountainous countryside into Ceredigion before reaching the coast at Aberystwyth. It terminates on the A487 road in the centre of the town.

Former routes

Bypasses and realignments

  • Evesham: the route used to go through the centre of the town, now runs to the north.
  • Evesham - Worcester: the route used to run on a road to the south.
  • Leominster - Kington: for 7.8 km west of Barons' Cross the road formerly followed a more northerly route, crossing the River Arrowmarker at Eardislandmarker.


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