B5192 (South Lancs)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Melling Mount (SD403011)|
|Distance:||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Old route now:||A506, B5312|
|Route outline (key)|
The route starts just to the east of M57 J6 at a light-controlled turning off the main road from which it heads west and then north along Whitefield Drive to reach the original village centre (Kirkby was, before the mid 20th century, a much smaller place) near the town's railway station.
We cross a bridge over the line of the railway as first built (although today there is no track beneath; the station's two platforms – one on each side of the bridge – serve separate and physically unconnected rail routes) and from here the B5192 continues northward out of town and after a short rural section reaches a mini-roundabout at Melling Mount where it meets the A506 again.
Originally the road started on the A59 to the south of Aintree and headed east through Fazakerley to Kirkby. It then headed north through Melling Mount before heading east once more to meet the A570 at Stanley Gate. Following a short multiplex east along the A570, the B5192 reappeared to cover the last mile or so into Skelmersdale, where it ended on the A577.
With the expansion of Kirkby and the construction of the M57, the original route of the B5192 was severed and a new relief road was built through Kirkby. Around this time Skelmersdale was also expanding and part of the eastern section of the B5192 was taken over by the new A506 (most of which has since been renumbered M58). It was not long before the whole of the B5192 was upgraded to Class I status as a western extension of the A506. The final section into Skelmersdale is now part of the B5312.
This upgrading made the B5192 number redundant, allowing it to be reused on the Wirral peninsula as well as in the Fylde. It is therefore bizarre that when the old line of the B5192 through Kirkby (with a new southern end, the original alignment here having been lost under the M57) was reclassified in the 2000s it was given its original designation, so that the number B5192 now exists in triplicate!