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UK road A44.svg
A44 road
Direction East - West
Start Oxford
Primary
destinations1
Evesham
Worcester
Leominster
Hereford
Rhayader
Llangurig
End Aberystwyth
Roads joined UK road A40.svg A40 road
UK road A34.svg A34 road
UK road A429.PNG A429 road
UK road A46.svg A46 road
UK road A422.PNG A422 road
UK road A38.svg A38 road
UK road A49.svg A49 road
UK road A483.PNG A483 road
UK road A470.PNG A470 road
UK road A487.PNG A487 road
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.

The A44 is a major road in the United Kingdom that runs from Oxford in southern England to Aberystwyth in west Wales.

Contents

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 Piddle, as a result the A44 was rerouted down the A4538 between Evesham and Worcester and therefore no longer goes down Pershore High Street. The old route is now known as the B4084.

Route

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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 Winchester). From here, the road runs north-west, and has a 2-mile (3.2 km) section of dual carriageway close to the village of Kidlington. It continues through Woodstock and Chipping Norton, where it meets the A3400 road to Stratford-upon-Avon. It then crosses the border into the county of Gloucestershire where it meets the A429 road at a junction in Moreton in Marsh. The road then crosses into Worcestershire and bypasses the town of Broadway. It joins the route of the A46 road near Evesham, then bypasses the town, re-emerging to the north.

Evesham – Leominster

Continuing in a north-westerly direction, the road passes the town of Pershore, 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 Worcester prior to travelling through the centre of the city. It meets the A4440 again to the west of the city before crossing into Herefordshire and through the town of Bromyard. At Leominster it meets the A49 road

Leominster – Aberystwyth

The A44 near Capel Bangor

Beyond the town the road turns right at a junction with the A4112 road, and proceeds through the small town of Kington. The A44 then crosses the Wales-England border into the county of Radnorshire (Powys) in Wales. It heads through the Cambrian Mountains, meeting the A483 road north of Llandrindod Wells. It then reaches the town of Rhayader, where it joins the route of the A470 road for 9.5 miles (15.3 km). The road re-emerges at Llangurig 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 Arrow at Eardisland.

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