A56 road


A56 road

UK road routebox
road= A56
length-mi= 81
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direction= North-South
end= Chester
destinations= Burnley
Bury
Manchester
Warrington (South)
start= Broughton
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completion-date=
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The A56 is a road in England which extends between the city of Chester in Cheshire and the village of Broughton in North Yorkshire. The road contains a mixture of single and dual carriageway sections, and traverses environments as diverse as the dense urban sprawl of inner city Manchester and 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 motorway near Ramsbottom and the M65 motorway west of Burnley.

Route description

The road begins as Frodsham Street in the centre of Chester at 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, Helsby and Frodsham whilst 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 Runcorn and Warrington, taking up a more easterly direction to again parallel the course of the north side of the motorway.

The road crosses the M6 motorway halfway between Junctions 20 and 21, before passing through Lymm on its way to its junction with the A556 road at Bowdon. At Bowdon the A56 turns sharply northwards, passing Altrincham and 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 Salford on its way to Prestwich where it again crosses the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road at Junction 17. Heading due north the road passes Whitefield and cuts through Bury before crossing the M66 motorway at 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 road and 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 roundabout on the A6068 close to M65 Junction 14.

Taking an easterly direction, the A56 goes through Brierfield, Nelson and Colne before turning sharply to the north. Now cutting through the more rural parts of east Lancashire the road passes Foulridge and Earby, finally reaching its termination point where it merges with the A59 road to the west of Broughton in North Yorkshire.

External links

* [http://www.road-to-nowhere.co.uk/route-guides/A56/ Road to Nowhere: A56]


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