- A56 road
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Burnley Bury Manchester Warrington(South)
The A56 is a road in
Englandwhich extends between the city of Chesterin Cheshireand the village of Broughton in North Yorkshire. The road contains a mixture of single and dual carriagewaysections, and traverses environments as diverse as the dense urban sprawl of inner city Manchesterand the lightly populated region of rural east Lancashire. The road includes a short section of trunk road- designated A56(T) - between the end of the M66 motorwaynear Ramsbottomand the M65 motorwaywest of Burnley.
The road begins as Frodsham Street in the centre of
Chesterat it's junction with Eastgate Street A51 and heads north-eastwards out of the city. Just outside the city, the A56 crosses Junction 12 of the M53 motorway, continuing in a north easterly direction. The road passes through the towns and villages of Mickle Trafford, Helsbyand Frodshamwhilst roughly paralleling the course of the south side of the M56 motorway. After leaving Frodsham, the A56 crosses the M56 at Junction 11 and passes the towns of Runcornand Warrington, taking up a more easterly direction to again parallel the course of the north side of the motorway.
The road crosses the
M6 motorwayhalfway between Junctions 20 and 21, before passing through Lymmon its way to its junction with the A556 roadat Bowdon. At Bowdon the A56 turns sharply northwards, passing Altrinchamand Sale, crossing the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road at Junction 7 into Stretford.
The A56 continues north-eastwards into inner city Manchester, taking on the additional name of
Deansgate, one of Manchester's main shopping streets. At the end of Deansgate, the A56 takes on the name of Victoria Street as it passes Manchester Victoria Railway Station.
Turning sharply to the north-west, the A56 leaves Manchester and goes through
Salfordon its way to Prestwichwhere it again crosses the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road at Junction 17. Heading due north the road passes Whitefield and cuts through Burybefore crossing the M66 motorwayat Junction 1. The road follows the M66 up to its terminus at the unsigned Junction 1a.
Merging with the end of the motorway, the road becomes a
trunk roadand takes on the designation .
After joining the M65, the A56 disappears from the maps, only to reappear some miles to the north-west as a short piece of road connecting the A682 to the A6068 close to M65 Junction 13. The A56 again disappears before starting again from a
roundabouton the A6068 close to M65 Junction 14.
Taking an easterly direction, the A56 goes through Brierfield, Nelson and
Colnebefore turning sharply to the north. Now cutting through the more rural parts of east Lancashirethe road passes Foulridgeand Earby, finally reaching its termination point where it merges with the A59 roadto the west of Broughton in North Yorkshire.
* [http://www.road-to-nowhere.co.uk/route-guides/A56/ Road to Nowhere: A56]
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