|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Mosley Common (SD718013)|
|Distance:||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Meets:||A577, A580, A6, A575|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5232 is a short urban B-road in south Lancashire.
The road starts at a basic T-Junction with the A577 in Mosley Common, in the south-east corner of Wigan Borough. The road is a fairly narrow single-carriageway road which for a short distance acts as the boundary between Wigan and Salford boroughs.
After about half a mile from its start, the road makes an abrupt halt at a mini-roundabout in the centre of Ellenbrook. The road has to turn left here to make a short sweeping ascent through the village.
The B5232 suddenly stops again at a T-junction where it turns left again to head up towards Walkden; turning right takes you on a short spur of the B5232 down to the A580: this wide single-carriageway section was opened in 1989 as a bypass of the old road through Ellenbrook village (which is extremely narrow), and was built to tie-in with a large housing development and school which was built at the same time.
Heading the other way up from the B5232 spur, the road quickly narrows to a fairly standard-width single carriageway. The road runs in a ruler-straight line with a gradual ascent for the remainder of the route, crossing over a small mini-roundabout, then almost immediately passing under the Atherton line railway.
At the Walkden end of the route, the road splits to take into account the A575's one way system and the major junction with the A6 - traffic heading towards Walkden is forced to turn right and terminate on the northbound arm of the A575, whilst traffic heading away from Walkden comes straight down from the A6 junction in the town centre.