|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Meets:||A683, A5105, A683|
|Old route now:||A683, B5321|
|Route outline (key)|
The road begins at a roundabout on the A683 near Heysham Nuclear Power Station and close to the ferry terminal on Rothesay Road (some maps claim it is the A589 rather than A683 that runs to the ferry terminal but signage disagrees). It travels north through suburbs, as Middleton Road then Heysham Road, before entering the heart of the once bustling resort town of Morecambe which is now a shadow of its former self with a multitude of problems.
The road now becomes Marine Road West and passes the demolished Frontierland Theme Park, which was once Morecambe's very poor equivalent of Blackpool's Pleasure Beach before the aforementioned Pleasure Beach bought it and shut it down. Passing a roundabout and the recently reopened Midland Hotel the original A589 turned right along what is now the B5321 but now we bypass the town centre. The street name changes to Marine Road Central as we enter the main part of Morecambe or, as it was once known, Poulton-Le-Sands; Morecambe being only the name of the bay. Past the statue of the town's most famous son the comic Eric Morecambe and the clock tower, the street name changes again to Marine Road East. At the junction with Broadway the A589 TOTSOs with the A5105 which carries on the Marine Road to join up with the A6 at Bolton-Le-Sands. The A589 now heads inland along Broadway, crossing the B5321 (the original road between Morecambe and Lancaster) at the Shrimp Roundabout, to Morecambe Road. The road then crosses the A683 Heysham Bypass / Bay Gateway at a high capacity light-controlled crossroads, completed in 2016.
The A589 continues Morecambe Road, passing under the West Coast Main Line at Carlisle Bridge, into central Lancaster where it used to end at the A6 junction just north of Skerton Bridge. It now joins the one-way system to cross the River Lune over Skerton Bridge. Traffic in the opposite direction uses Greyhound Bridge, which was converted from a redundant railway bridge in 1972. (Between 1994 and 2016, this section of the A589 was part of the A683.)
Following the completion of the A683 Heysham Bypass / Bay Gateway to an upgraded M6 J34 in 2016, the A589 was extended NE along the old A683 Caton Road to J34. This road passes under the Lancaster Canal just south of the Lune Aqueduct. (Some maps still show this as the A683.)
Original Author(s): Carl Ryding