|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.8 miles (14.2 km)|
|Meets:||A5036, A565, B5318, A567, A5090, A5057, A5038, A59, A580, A5049, A57, A5080, B5178, A562, B5180, A561|
|Former Number(s):||B5190, A5057, B5172|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5058, more commonly known as Queen's Drive, forms an intermediate ring road for the city of Liverpool. Despite what it may look like on a map, the M57 did not relieve this road; it was built to complement it. The major junctions on Queen's Drive feature regularly in rush-hour traffic reports.
The road starts end-on on the A5036 on the edge of the docks on the southern edge of Bootle. It heads east as a non-primary road, quickly crossing the A565 to become primary and dual. Continuing clockwise there are several signalised junctions and the occasional roundabout with classified and unclassified roads, most of which radiate out of Liverpool city centre. After crossing the A562 the road becomes S2 non-primary once more, although it's still Queen's Drive to begin with, before a TOTSO left by Mossley Hill Hospital leads to a zigzag course through the suburb and an eventual end on the A561 over half a mile from the Mersey.
The southern end of the route dissolves into urban areas almost as if it couldn't be bothered to make it out to Speke Boulevard. With the opening of the A5300 in the 1990s, most traffic simply switches from Queen's Drive to the M62 and then travels to the A562 that way. As a result the Rocket Flyover is one of the most jammed up junctions in the city.
In 1922, the A5058 merely went between the A59 and A57. This section has been heavily upgraded and the road has been extended at both ends: anticlockwise along parts of the A5057 and B5190, with an unclassified road connecting the two; clockwise along the B5172. The entire route is shown as an A-road in 1932, although this does not prove it was all one number.