|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Redvales, Bury (SD805085)|
|Via:||Farnworth, Little Lever, Radcliffe|
|Distance:||6.2 miles (10 km)|
|Meets:||M61, A666, A5082, A575, B6209, A665, A56|
|Former Number(s):||A5082, A666, B6210, B6209|
|Old route now:||A665|
|Route outline (key)|
It starts at the northern end of Worsley Braided Interchange at the A666 TOTSO and heads west through Farnworth. At Moses Gate there is a short multiplex with the A575 before the A6053 turns right and regains its number. It goes under the A666 bypass before going through Moses Gate Country Park, where it crosses the River Croal. It then enters Little Lever where there is a sharp right-hand bend by the church.
After Little Lever we move from the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton to Bury and enter Radcliffe. On the edge of town the A6053 joins the A665 at a mini-roundabout and multiplexes with it into the centre of town before regaining its number by turning left at a set of traffic lights. It goes under the Metrolink by Radcliffe station before descending to cross the River Irwell. It ends shortly afterwards at traffic lights on the A56 at Redvales.
The section of this route through Farnworth formed part of the A666 before the completion of the Farnworth-Kearsley Bypass in 1967. When the A6053 was extended along this route it first ended on the A5082, with that road continuing on to meet the A666 but the numbers were swapped in the 1990s.
Also in the 1960s, the A668 was abolished and replaced by a northern extension of the A665 - but this was on a slightly different route. A section of the A6053 to the west of Radcliffe was therefore taken over by the new route.