|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.3 miles (2.1 km)|
|Meets:||A580, A5049, B5188|
|Old route now:||B5173, B5342|
|Route outline (key)|
The A5089 is a short primary route north of Liverpool city centre, although at one time it was much longer.
The road starts at traffic lights on the northern branch of the A580 in Kirkdale. It heads east along Walton Breck Road to reach the Anfield Stadium. Walton Breck Road then bears off to the left (in reality it continues at 12 o'clock) whilst the A5089 continues onto Oakfield Road. A few bends take the road to traffic lights on the southern branch of the A580, after which the road continues along Belmont Road to end at traffic lights on the A5049.
The A5089 was originally the northern end of the B5188 but gained its current number in the mid-1920s. Although the road is the same length as it was when first created it has been extended and then shortened again in the interim.
In the 1980s the A5089 was extended south to become a sort of middle ring road. However, this did not join up with the existing A5089: a gap was left between the A5049 and the A57, which remained the B5188. The A5089 then took over what was the B5173 from the A57 to the A561 at Dingle, thus running along Holt Road, Lodge Lane and Ullet Road. This left part of Ullet Road, which was the B5175, but the A5089 took that over as well, giving it a spur past Sefton Park to meet the A562.
The 1980s extension was downgraded in the 2010s. The whole of Ullet Road became the B5342, whilst the remainder of the B5173 got its old number back.