|Length:||27.1 miles (43.6 km)|
|Meets:||A57, A5046, A5052, A5053, A5054, A5055, A5056, A5058, A5057, A5098, A566, A5036, B5421, B5193, B5207, A5758, B5424, B5195, A5267, B5208, B5245, A570, A5267, B5244, B5280, B5246, A59|
|Old route now:||B5424|
|Route outline (key)|
The A565 runs north along the coast from Liverpool city centre.
Liverpool – Tarleton
The starts, as it always has done, on the A57 Dale Street in Liverpool and heads north along Old Hall Street (which is one-way southbound) to reach traffic lights on the A5052 and A5053 where it begins its journey in earnest. It heads north along Great Howard Street through the northern suburbs of the city, parallel to the A5036 Dock Road before reaching Bootle.
North of Bootle, it swaps between two and three lanes each way, crossing a number of traffic lights and running parallel with the infamous 'Dock Road' (which is used in the film 51st State). It then passes Seaforth Docks, scene of the 1990s Dockers Strikes, at the Seaforth flyover where it meets the A5036. It then heads north through Crosby, where there is a TOTSO avoiding Crosby High Street, then through the northern-extreme Liverpool suburb of Thornton. Out into open countryside, the route becomes dual carriageway as it heads towards Formby, at the point where the much-speculated M57 extension would theoretically meet. Two roundabouts sit at either side of Formby at either end of the bypass (the old route through town is now the B5424; the A565 continues north into Southport past Royal Birkdale golf course.
Once in Southport the A565 runs through as Lord Street, one hell of a slow section but very grand in its Victorian style, and then afterwards out towards Banks. Here the road becomes a dual carriageway, which has been one-laned on the approach to a couple of crossroads, and with a new roundabout at the B5246 turn off. The dual carriageway then peters out, and meets the A59 at Tarleton Crossroads. Evidence on the road surface suggests there was a substantial S3 here once over.