- A59 road
UK road routebox
Bootle Preston Clitheroe Skipton Harrogate
risk= Low-medium, Medium and Medium-high [http://www.eurorap.org/road_lookup?search=y&map_type=risk&country=GB&road=a59]
The A59 is a major road in the
United Kingdomthat runs from Liverpoolin Merseyside, to Yorkin North Yorkshire.
The A59 begins in the centre of Liverpool at the mouth of the Birkenhead Tunnel, and heads north out of the city, first as
Scotland Roadin Vauxhall, then Kirkdale Road, Walton Road and County Road, then as Rice Lane and to Walton Vale. It passes Aintree Racecourseas Warbreck Moor and Ormskirk Road (forming the boundary between Aintreeand Netherton, before reaching the Switch Islandjunction, which is a large semi roundaboutsemi traffic lightcontrolled junction, where the A5036, the M57, the M58 and the A59 all meet.
From the Switch Island junction the A59 travels through
Maghulland Lydiate, into Lancashire through Aughton and thence to Ormskirk.
At Ormskirk, it reverts from a dual carriageway to single carriageway, on an old bypass. North of Ormskirk the A59 passes through
Burscoughand Rufford, before reaching the traffic light controlled crossroads at Tarleton, where the A565 joins. From here the road goes through Much Hooleand Brethertonbefore becoming the Longton (and Hutton) bypass.
The road passes the
Lancashire PoliceHQ, before going through Penworthamand into Preston. Once out of Preston the A59 meets the M6 at junction 31 between Lower Brockholes and Samlesbury.
After the M6, bypassing
Blackburnthe A59 goes through Myerscough Smithy, veers left, and runs around the perimeter of Samlesbury Aerodrome(a British Aerospaceinstallation). It then goes through Mellor, Osbaldeston, Copster Greenand Langhowhere it meets the A666. At this point it bypasses Billington and Whalleybefore reaching Clitheroe(another bypass) and Chatburn.
After Chatburn the road goes past Sawley before going through the village of
Gisburn(which is said to have been spelt 'Gisburne' for hundreds of years until the railway came along and a railway employee missed the "e" off the station sign).
From Horton it enters
North Yorkshireand goes through West and East Martonbefore a roundabout junction with the A56 after which the road passes Broughton. Afer passing through Broughton, the road meets the Skiptonbypass at its western end, where it overlaps the A65 on its route between Kendaland 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 Railwaythrough a roundabout junction with the B6260 before rising up Beamsleyhill, 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 Reservoirand follows the route of a Roman road past the 'golf balls' at Menwith Hill, a US listening station. The road then declines towards Harrogatepassing Kettlesing, and the site of the under-construction Knabbs Ridge wind farm. In Harrogate it meets the A61 Ripon Road, and continues through the suburbs of the town, 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- 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
Flaxbyand 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 Boroughbridgeand going into York. Now the A59 itself heads towards York, travelling close to such places as Nun Monkton, Upper Poppletonand Moor Monktonbefore finally ending just to the west of the city walls on Dalton Terrace, just off the A1036, the old A64.
The A59 has persistently featured in the top 10 most dangerous roads in Britain [http://www.eurorap.org/library/pdfs/20060531_UK_risk_map_results.pdf] . 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 [http://www.eurorap.org/road_lookup?search=y&map_type=risk&country=GB&road=a59] .
In 2004 The Times reported on the lives of those who have lost loved ones on this road [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article483799.ece] .
* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/f99/59.shtml Sabre page on the A59]
* [http://www.eurorap.org/road_lookup?search=y&map_type=risk&country=GB&road=a59 EuroRAP Risk Rating of A59]
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article483799.ece Death row - Article in The Times]
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