A59 road

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A59 road
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An upgraded section of the A59 near Bolton Bridge (with the bypassed road to the right)
Route information
Length: 109 mi (175 km)
Major junctions
West end: Wallasey 53°24′53″N 3°04′18″W / 53.4146°N 3.0718°W / 53.4146; -3.0718

Junction 1.svg UK-Motorway-M53.svg
J1 → M53 motorway
A5139 A5139 road
A5027 A5027 road
A41 A41 road (from spur)
A580 A580 road (from spur)
A5046 A5046 road (from spur)
A5053 A5053 road (from spur)
A5036 A5036 road (from spur)
A567 A567 road
A5054 A5054 road
A5089 A5089 road
A5050 A5050 road
A5058 A5058 road
A5098 A5098 road
A566 A566 road
A506 A506 road
A5207 A5207 road
A5036 A5036 road
Junction 7.svg UK-Motorway-M57.svg
J7 → M57 motorway
Start → M58 motorway
A5147 A5147 road
A570 A570 road
A5209 A5209 road
A581 A581 road
A565 A565 road
A582 A582 road
A5072 A5072 road
A5071 A5071 road
A6 A6 road
A6063 A6063 road
31 UK-Motorway-M6.svg
J31 → M6 motorway
A677 A677 road
A666 A666 road
A671 A671 road
A682 A682 road
A56 A56 road
A6069 A6069 road
A65 A65 road
A629 A629 road
A6131 A6131 road
A61 A61 road
A661 A661 road
A6040 A6040 road
A6055 A6055 road
A658 A658 road
J47 → A1(M) motorway
A168 A168 road
A1237 A1237 road

A1036 A1036 road
East end: York 53°57′15″N 1°05′38″W / 53.9541°N 1.0938°W / 53.9541; -1.0938
Liverpool, Preston, Clitheroe, Skipton, Harrogate
Road network

The A59 is a major road in the United Kingdom that runs from Wallasey in Merseyside, to York in North Yorkshire.



The A59 begins in Wallasey at the northern end of the M53 motorway, heading through the Kingsway Tunnel. In the centre of Liverpool, a separate 0.7 miles (1.1 km) spur heads north from the roundabout junction at the entrance of the Queensway Tunnel, first as Byrom Street, joining the main route at Scotland Road in Vauxhall. It continues north as Kirkdale Road, Walton Road and County Road, then as Rice Lane and to Walton Vale. It passes Aintree Racecourse as Warbreck Moor and Ormskirk Road (forming the boundary between Aintree and Netherton, before reaching the Switch Island junction, which is a large semi roundabout semi traffic light controlled junction, where the A5036, the M57, the M58 and the A59 all meet.

From the Switch Island junction the A59 travels through Maghull and Lydiate, into Lancashire through Aughton and thence to Ormskirk. This part of the road follows the same route as the Merseyrail Northern Line.


At Ormskirk, it reverts from a dual carriageway to single carriageway, on an old bypass. North of Ormskirk the A59 passes through Burscough and Rufford, before reaching the traffic light controlled crossroads at Tarleton, where the A565 joins. From here the road goes over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and River Douglas via Bank Bridge then through Bretherton and Much Hoole before becoming the Longton (and Hutton) bypass.

The road passes the Lancashire Police HQ, before going through Penwortham and into Preston. Once out of Preston the A59 meets the M6 at junction 31 between Lower Brockholes and Samlesbury.

After the M6, bypassing Blackburn, the A59 goes through Myerscough Smithy, veers left, and runs around the perimeter of Samlesbury Aerodrome (a British Aerospace installation). As Longsight Road, it then goes through Mellor, Osbaldeston, Copster Green and Langho, where it meets the A666. At this point it bypasses Billington and Whalley before reaching Clitheroe (another bypass) and Chatburn.

After Chatburn the road goes past Sawley before going through the village of Gisburn.


From Horton it enters North Yorkshire and goes through West and East Marton before a roundabout junction with the A56 after which the road passes Broughton. Afer passing through Broughton, the road meets the Skipton bypass at its western end, where it overlaps the A65 on its route between Kendal and Leeds. Skipton bypass was opened in 1981, providing welcome relief to the town, which often became a bottleneck as through traffic crossed in the town. The concurrent bypass crosses the B6265 north of the town, and then de-merges with the A65 to the east of the town.

The A59 was upgraded to primary status during the 1990s due to its increased perceived importance as an east-west route. It then passes over the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway through a roundabout junction with the B6260 before rising up Beamsley hill, which was two lanes eastbound (uphill) and a single lane westbound during the incline - which was improved at various points during the 1980s. At the top of the hill, the road crosses into the Harrogate district. At this point, there is a long narrow descent on the edge of a huge ravine, down to the village of Blubberhouses.

The A59 then runs along the head of Fewston Reservoir and follows the route of a Roman road past the 'golf balls' at Menwith Hill, an RAF station. The road then declines towards Harrogate passing Kettlesing, and the Knabbs Ridge wind farm. In Harrogate it meets the A61 Ripon Road, and continues through the suburbs of the town as Skipton Road, avoiding the centre. This is largely due to the history of the town - Harrogate's centre was traditionally known as 'Low Harrogate', whilst the A59 travels through 'High Harrogate'. This stretch of the route is claimed to be the busiest road in North Yorkshire. Part of this section travels across the Stray, an act-protected tract of grassy land which horseshoes around the town. The A59 then turns left at the Empress Roundabout, which is itself on the Stray, towards Starbeck, as Knaresborough Road- although traffic travelling towards York is directed onto the A661 to utilise the Harrogate and Knaresborough Southern Bypass (A658). The A59, however, continues to travel through Starbeck, then heads east to Knaresborough.

The remainder of the route is comparatively flat. From Knaresborough the A59 meets up with York-directed traffic from Harrogate on the A658, and skirts to the north of Goldsborough towards the A1(M). Originally the route went through the village of Flaxby and onto Allerton, but the route now travels a stricted east-west route and meets the A1(M) at its junction 47. The road then passes to the south of Green Hammerton. Originally it ended here, with the A66 routed down from Boroughbridge and going into York. Now the A59 itself heads towards York, travelling close to such places as Nun Monkton, Upper Poppleton and Moor Monkton before finally ending just to the west of the city walls at a zebra crossing at the junction of Bishopthorpe Road and Nunnery Lane which is the A1036.

Road Safety[edit]

The A59 has persistently featured in the top 10 most dangerous roads in Britain.[1] In 2008 European Road Assessment Programme reported the risk of being involved in a death or disabling injury accident as being between Low-medium and Medium-high depending on the section of road travelled.[2]

In 2004 The Times reported on the lives of those who have lost loved ones on this road [1].[dead link]

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Coordinates: 53°56′32″N 2°13′17″W / 53.94235°N 2.22132°W / 53.94235; -2.22132