|Length||25.2 mi (40.6 km)|
|History||Bowburn to Byers Garth section finished 30 October 2008|
|South West end||Barnard Castle|
|North East end||Byers Garth, near Sherburn Hospital|
The road passes through the village of Staindrop, past Raby Castle through West Auckland, Bishop Auckland and on to Spennymoor. It then continues through the Thinford intersection with the A167 to Junction 61 of the A1(M) at Bowburn. The latest extension to the road from the A1(M) to the A181 was opened on 30 October 2008.
The road is single-carriageway except for a short 800 m (870 yd) stretch of dual-carriageway at Spennymoor.
- "Minister opens new £11.4m road link between Wheatley Hill and Bowburn". The Northern Echo. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
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