A5058 road

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A5058
Route information
Maintained by the Liverpool City Council
Length8.2 mi[2] (13.2 km)
HistoryConstructed 1903-1927[1]
Major junctions
north endBootle 53°26′35″N 3°00′06″W / 53.44316°N 3.00161°W / 53.44316; -3.00161
 A565 A565 road
A567 A567 road
A5057 A5057 road
A5038 A5038 road
A59 A59 road
A580 A580 road
A5049 A5049 road
A57 A57 road
A5080 A5080 road
A562 A562 road
south endMossley Hill 53°22′50″N 2°55′53″W / 53.38043°N 2.93140°W / 53.38043; -2.93140
Road network

The A5058 road, known as Queens Drive for much of its length, is a major ring road in Liverpool. The eastern section of the A5058 connects Breeze Hill in Bootle at the intersection with the A59, with Aigburth Vale in Aigburth at the other end.

The road has been described as being the first ring road to be built in the country and was designed around the idea that future growth would require a substantial road, despite no development reaching the area around the road until many years later. The road played a crucial role in offering development opportunities during the early 20th century, at a time when slum housing was being cleared in Liverpool City Centre and land was sought for new housing.

History[edit]

Planning[edit]

Often described as the first ring road in Britain, planning had been in discussion since the 19th century, with a circular boulevard plan proposed in 1853 although ultimately did not materialise. Construction of the road began in the early 20th century[3] and was designed by civil engineer John Alexander Brodie.[4] Initially conceived with tram tracks running along the centre of the road, it was ultimately decided that a dual-carriageway formation was necessary in order to handle the anticipated increased traffic volumes.[1]

Construction[edit]

Queens Drive, Walton, Liverpool, pictured in 1909

The first section of road to be constructed was just to the east of the junction with the A59 road.[5] Several existing roads, such as Black Horse Lane[6] and Priory Road[7] were incorporated into the new carriageway, some of which were realigned to fit with the plans, whilst new sections of road filled in the gaps.[3] Extensive parts of the carriageway were planted with uniformly spaced out trees along lengthy sections, long before any planned built development in the surrounding area. The road played a significant role during the 1920s and 1930s, when new areas for housing development were required to rehouse people from slum clearances in the city centre.[8]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata

Citations

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Google Maps, A5058 route (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Johnston 2017, p. 182.
  4. ^ Pollard, Pevsner & Sharples 2006, p. 404.
  5. ^ "Side by Side, A5058 c1905". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Side by Side, A5058 (Black Horse Lane) c1905". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Side by Side, A5058 (Priory Road) c1905". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  8. ^ Johnston 2017, p. 183.

Sources

External links[edit]

A5058 at Sabre Roads