|Length:||9 miles (14.5 km)|
|Meets:||A49, A572, A580, A58, A577, A49|
|Route outline (key)|
The A573 is a simple north-to-south road in south Lancashire, connecting the A49 to itself.
Winwick – Ince in Makerfield
The road starts off at Winwick, just to the north of Warrington, and yards from M62 Junction 9. It has a simple start, nothing more than a stop sign at a T-junction. The road gains NSL for the next few miles, basically heading in a fairly straight line north. It goes over the M6 and then two of the railway lines east of Newton-le-Willows station. There is a slight drop down to 40mph where it staggers across the A572 on the edge of Newton-le-Willows, but resumes NSL after. It next meets the A580 at a simple at-grade roundabout, before heading into Golborne village centre.
At the A580, the speed limit drops to 30mph. The road continues north, doglegging slightly where it crosses the B5207, and the speed limit becomes 40mph for about two miles as it becomes more rural. The road now enters Abram, where the limit reverts back to 30mph, and there is a tight S-bend to cross over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Dover Lock. The road enters the built-up area of Abram, before quickly entering Platt Bridge. The A573 disappears momentarily as it multiplexes with the A58 between a set of traffic lights and a small roundabout.
The A573 reappears, and heads north, straight into Wigan; there are a couple of new roundabouts for new estates. The road also has a 17.5 tonne weight limit whilst it crosses over a railway line on the edge of Wigan. The road immediately crosses the A577 then approaches the A49, where it terminates.
Original Author(s): Tim