|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Red Bank (SD592159)|
|Distance:||5 miles (8 km)|
|Meets:||A6, A581, B5251|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5252 is the Chorley western bypass.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A6 in Hartwood, to the north of Chorley town centre and heads west along Euxton Lane. The road is also signed to Euxton, giving a hint at the B5252's history. Presently a roundabout is reached. The original line of the B5252 is to the right (still along Euxton Lane); this ended on the A49 to the north of the village centre, soon after going under the West Coast Main Line. Although this was still the route of the B5252 in the mid-1970s it was then rerouted along a new road to head south from the roundabout. This had the advantage of bypassing Chorley and allowing Euxton traffic to avoid the low bridge under the railway line.
A roundabout is quickly reached, where we meet the A581. For some years the B5252 ended here. However, it was extended to form a full bypass in 2007. There is a short multiplex east along the A581 around a gyratory before the B5252 heads south once more. This road is a typical modern bypass – S2 with numerous roundabouts serving various residential areas.
After a mile the road bends to the left and crosses the B5251 at a roundabout. It then continues east although it has to zigzag around the suburb of Weld Bank. Finally the road ends back on the A6 at traffic lights to the south of Chorley town centre.