|Distance:||13.6 miles (21.9 km)|
|Meets:||A583, B5259, B5192, M55, B5269, A586, A588, B5412, B5268, B5409, A587|
|Old route now:||B5192, B5269, B5260, B5412, B5439, B5268, A587|
|Route outline (key)|
The A585 is one of two trunk roads on the Fylde, the other being the M55.
Starting from the A583 roundabout to the west of Kirkham, the A585 travels northwest on the west Kirkham bypass built around 1991. The road originally started on that road in the centre of Kirkham and was then extended east to the edge of Newton-with-Scales when the A583 southern bypass was built.
The route continues past junction 3 of the M55 and through several villages. Recent junction improvements have helped reduce the congestion in these villages as the road is the major route from the M55 to the port of Fleetwood. Years ago there were plans to build an offline D2 from the motorway towards Fleetwood but the plan did not see the light of day. The route continues past Windy Harbour Holiday Park, where the A586 joins for a mile before heading off towards Blackpool tower! The A585 carries on along a bendy S2, while the A588 goes off to the east over the recently built Shard Bridge crossing of the river Wyre.
Going past a large pub and around a roundabout, the A585 skirts the northern edge of Poulton Le Fylde on a bypass probably built around 1970 and crosses a defunct railway on a bridge large enough for a D2 road (remember earlier what was said about an offline D2). The road carries on through the 1980s housing estates of Thornton and Cleveleys to Fleetwood. A newish S2 bypasses the worst of Fleetwood allowing commercial traffic to reach the port without travelling through the suburbs. There is a lot of dereliction on this part of the route; Fleetwood was once a major fish landing port and on a main railway route from London to Ireland. The A585 follows Dock Road and ends without ceremony at an apparently arbitrary point. Originally it continued past the port to finish at the end of the Fylde Peninsula, from where there are fantastic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District and an offshore windfarm.
As an aside, the Thornton-Cleveleys Relief Road (Amounderness Way) opened in 1979.
The original route of the A585 has been heavily bypassed. Except immediately south of Fleetwood, the old route now has B-road status.