A565 road

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A565 shield

Southport New Road at Mere Brow, near Tarleton
Route information
Length27.5 mi[1] (44.3 km)
Major junctions
53°24′29″N 2°59′33″W / 53.4080°N 2.9926°W / 53.4080; -2.9926 (A565 road (southern end))
53°40′24″N 2°49′53″W / 53.6734°N 2.8315°W / 53.6734; -2.8315 (A565 road (northern end))
Road network

The A565 is a road in England that is around 27.5 miles (44.3 km) long and runs from Liverpool in Merseyside to Tarleton in Lancashire. It is a primary route linking the town of Southport to Liverpool and to Preston (latterly via the connecting A59), having been designated a trunk road as part of the Trunk Roads Act 1946.


The A565 starts in Liverpool at the junction with the A5052 road and A5053 road respectively, at the south end of Great Howard Street; a spur also heads southbound from this junction for 0.3 miles (0.48 km).[2] From Liverpool, the road follows a north-bound alignment through Bootle, Crosby and on to Formby where it passes along a bypass. After the bypass, the road heads towards Southport where it meets the A570 Scarisbrick New Road before continuing north-east through Banks and into Lancashire, ultimately reaching Tarleton where it meets and becomes the A59 road.[1]


19th century[edit]

Much of the present day A565 route from Liverpool to Thornton is unchanged since the Victorian age.[3]

20th century[edit]

A bypass of Formby, now forming part of the A565 was constructed during 1936-1937 at an estimated cost of £200,000 (equivalent to £13,348,066 in 2018).[4]

The A565 route was included in the 1946 Trunk Roads Act, designated in its route from Bootle through to Tarleton.[5]

21st century[edit]

A bypass of Thornton, Merseyside, known as the A5758 Broom's Cross Road, was constructed during 2014-2015, linking the A565 at Thornton with Switch Island junction, having been planned since the 1970s.[6]

Liverpool City Council announced in 2016 that they had appointed a construction company to create a new dual-carriageway road in Liverpool, involving the widening of Great Howard Street and Derby Road, a 1.7 miles (2.7 km) stretch, at an expected cost of £18million,[7] which had risen to £22million by the time the work started in May 2017.[8] The council deemed the works necessary given the road would be a vital route for freight traffic to and from the Liverpool2 deep water container terminal, in addition to an associated tunnel and bridge which required replacement, having failed a structural assessment.[9]

Bypass schemes[edit]

Section Start End Constructed Type
Formby Bypass[4] Formby 1936-1937 Dual-carriageway
Southport Bypass[10] Southport Proposed 1940s Not constructed
Crosby (centre) Bypass[11] Crosby c1951-1952 Single-carriageway

Junctions and landmarks[edit]

Major junctions and landmarks are listed in the table below.

Distance[12] Junction/Landmark Location
0 miles (0 km) A5046 Chapel Street Liverpool
2.2 miles (3.5 km) A5058 Balliol Road Bootle
3.4 miles (5.5 km) A566 Knowsley Road Seaforth
3.9 miles (6.3 km) A5036 Princess Way
Merchant Taylors' Boys' School Clock Tower.jpg Merchant Taylors' School
7.2 miles (11.6 km) UK road A5758.svg A5758 Broom's Cross Road Thornton
Altcar Training Camp entrance - geograph.org.uk - 418485.jpg Altcar Training Camp
Royal Birkdale Golf Club - geograph.org.uk - 81329.jpg Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Southport Pier 2016.jpg Southport Pier
19 miles (31 km) A570 Scarisbrick New Road Southport
27.2 miles (43.8 km) A59 Liverpool Road Tarleton


  1. ^ a b "Google Maps A565 route". Google Maps. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Google Maps A565 spur". Google Maps. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Side by Side - Liverpool to Thornton". National Library of Scotland. 1900. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Formby By-Pass Estimated Cost". Millbank Systems. 23 April 1936. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Trunk Roads Act 1946" (PDF). UK Government. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Thornton bypass: 40 years in the planning and the new Switch Island road link open this week". Liverpool Echo. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Council Awards Contract for £18m road scheme". Liverpool Vision. 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Work to begin on £22m road scheme". Liverpool Express. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Great Howard Street Bridge Replacement Scheme". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Southport-Water Lane Bypass". Millbank Systems. 1 May 1940. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Crosby Bypass Cost 1951". Millbank Systems. 6 June 1951. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Google Maps A565 Route Distances". Google Maps. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°34′47″N 3°02′58″W / 53.5797°N 3.0494°W / 53.5797; -3.0494 (A565 road)