B59 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||18.9 miles (30.4 km)|
|Meets:||A2, B513, B90, A8, B56, A57, B95, B98, B53, A36|
|Route outline (key)|
The B59 is a medium-length B-road in central County Antrim.
Heading north, the road passes housing, schools and Whiteabbey Hospital to reach Cloughfern Corner roundabout, a junction with the O'Neill Road and Station Road (numbered - but not signed - B513). Heading on past more housing areas and the old Nortel Networks plant, the road continues ahead as the Monkstown Road forks right. The B59 then passes the lower end of Carnmoney before becoming the dominant number in a short multiplex with the B90. This goes over the Mossley railway bridge to a T-junction where the two roads go their separate ways: the B90 to Carrickfergus turns right and the B59 TOTSOs left. It becomes a rural road past Ballynure to the Houstons Corner roundabout (formerly a staggered crossroads) with the A8 Larne road.
The B59 continues straight ahead towards Ballyrobert, where there is an offset crossroads with the B56. This marks the original eastern end of the B59 but it was extended along the route already described in the mid-1920s. The road continues straight ahead again onto "The Longshot", crosses a roundabout with the A57 Templepatrick Road and enters Doagh.
In Doagh the B59 is crossed by the B95 immediately before a fairly tight (and poorly signposted) "blink and you'll miss it" TOTSO left onto the Ballymena road. From here it heads northwest across the fields towards Ballymena. After crossing the Kells Water it meets the B53. Shortly afterwards it meets and terminates at the A36, which itself leads west to the Larne Road Roundabout, where it meets the M2 bypass of Ballymena.