A688 road

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Route information
Length25.2 mi (40.6 km)
HistoryBowburn to Byers Garth section finished 30 October 2008
Major junctions
South West endBarnard Castle
54°32′55″N 1°54′48″W / 54.5487°N 1.9132°W / 54.5487; -1.9132 (A688 road (southern end))
 A67 A67 road
A68 A68 road
A6072 A6072 road
A689 A689 road
A167 A167 road
A177 A177 road
[ A 1 (M)  ] A1(M) motorway
A181 A181 road
North East endByers Garth, near Sherburn Hospital54°45′45″N 1°30′18″W / 54.7626°N 1.5051°W / 54.7626; -1.5051 (A688 road (northern end))
Bishop Auckland
Road network

The A688 is a road in County Durham in North East England.

It begins at the junction with the A67 road in Barnard Castle and continues in a north easterly direction for 25 miles (40 km), terminating at the A181 to the east of Durham City.

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.[1]

The road is single-carriageway except for a short 800 m (870 yd) stretch of dual-carriageway at Spennymoor.


  1. ^ "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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Coordinates: 54°38′07″N 1°42′49″W / 54.6352°N 1.7136°W / 54.6352; -1.7136 (A688 road)