|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Old route now:||A5267|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5244 is a short link road on the northern edge of Southport.
It starts at a roundabout on the A565 in the Crossens area of town and heads south along Rufford Road through the suburb before skirting Southport Botanic Gardens in the suburb of Churchtown. The pool is clearly visible from the road.
A short distance further on the road splits. Both forks reach roundabouts on the A5267. The left fork, however, is one-way in this direction so northbound traffic must use the mainline.
Except for the left fork in Churchtown, all of the above was originally the mainline of the A565. The B5244 was extended north when that road was given its current route later in the 1920s.
The original route of the B5244 continued south from this left fork along what is now the A5267. It zigzagged through High Park and then ran to the east of Southport town centre, ending on the A565 once more (now the B5208) in Birkdale. The B5244 had its full route until at least the 1970s but has since been cut back to the stub that remains.