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From:  Great Sankey (SJ586881)
To:  Leigh (SJ669995)
Via:  Warrington, Culcheth
Distance:  15.8 miles (25.4 km)
Meets:  A57, A49, A50, B5210, M62, B5207, B5212, A580, A572
Former Number(s):  B5210
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Warrington  • Wigan

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
A574 Great Sankey – Hulme
(A49) Hulme
(A50) Padgate
A574 Padgate – Leigh
A574 branch : Birchwood – M62 J11


A bit of a funny road this, in several parts, the A574 seems to turn up all over Warrington then runs to the M62 or Leigh.

Section 1: Great Sankey – Hulme

The road starts off on the A57 on the western edge of Warrington and proceeds in a northerly direction before curving to the east to meet the A49. Named Cromwell Avenue, this section of the route constitutes a sort of North-Westerly bypass of Warrington, whilst also providing easy access to the Gulliver's World theme park and the Gemini Retail Park (chaos at Christmas, owing to its being the site of an IKEA store). Between the A57 and A49 inclusive, there are nine roundabouts. The first four roundabouts serve mostly local estate traffic, then a lonely traffic light intersection (former roundabout) serves Westbrook Centre and the Asda superstore (via Westbrook Crescent). The next roundabout is for Westbrook Way which serves as a fast tertiary West-East link to the M62, Burtonwood, and Northern Great Sankey. The next three closest to the A49 serve Gemini Retail Park and a business park.

The junction with the A57, by contrast, is a signalized crossroads, while the A49 junction is a light-controlled roundabout.

At this point the A574 disappears temporarily, and to continue we must turn right and follow the southbound A49 for a little under half a mile, then the eastbound A50 for just over a mile through Orford to then turn South on Hilden Island (second exit), and then reach the point where the A574 resumes at a tight signalized left turn (into Birchwood Way) at the west end of Padgate.

Section 2: Padgate – Leigh

Birchwood Way, a road with no direct frontages, takes us in a North-Easterly direction. We cross two roundabouts, the first one for local traffic and the second being College Place – a mostly signalised roundabout – at which the B5210 joins (from the third exit, providing a short cut down to the M6 at J21). The road duals for about half a mile, where it comes to George Duckworth Island (a dogbone roundabout) which is an incomplete GSJ and half-signalised. Left and ahead are both the A574, with the road ahead being a spur of over a mile ending at M62 J11.


The mainline of the A574 TOTSOs left and then curves easterly again (also with numerous roundabouts, three on this section), and TOTSOs again at the fourth to go on a bridge over the M62. Here the road proceeds North, past HMP Risley and into Culcheth, where the speed limit drops back to 30 mph. Passing through this village, there are two mini roundabouts either side of the high school; the first is for the B5207 heading up to Lowton, the second is for the B5212 down to Glazebrook.

The road quickly heads up into Glazebury, passing under the Manchester–Liverpool railway, where George Stephenson ran his famous Rocket locomotive, and then past the massive Bents Garden Centre. The road meets with the A580 at Greyhound Island (named after the hotel and former pub on its North-West corner), before crossing over and heading up to Leigh, where it terminates at the A572 in the same fashion as it starts, on a signalised T-junction.

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Mini-roundabout at the junction of the B5212 with the A574 - Geograph - 1463268.jpgCromwellAveSign.jpgWestbrookWay-CromwellAve.jpgRed bridge Westbrook.jpgRed bridge Westbrook 2.jpg
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