A583 road

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A583 road
Major junctions
West end: Preston
  A5072 A5072 road
A5085 A5085 road
A584 A584 road
A585 A585 road
[ M 55  ] M55 motorway
A5230 A5230 road
A587 A587 road
A5073 A5073 road
A586 A586 road
A584 A584 road
East end: Blackpool
Road network

The A583 is a primary road from Preston to Blackpool in England, via Kirkham. It was once the main route into Blackpool until the construction of the M55 motorway.


The A583 runs from the A59 Ring Way in Preston city centre to Blackpool, terminating near the town's North Pier. It is a primary route, although there are non-primary sections in the town centres at both ends of the route.

The road passes through the village of Clifton west of Preston. The road's original route passed through Kirkham until in 1936 when bypass was taking the road around the south side of the town.1

Major junctions on the road are the A5085 Blackpool Road at Lea, the A584 at Clifton, the A585 west of Kirkham and the western terminus of the M55 motorway just outside Blackpool.


The 13-mile (21 km) Clifton to Blackpool section of the A583 was formerly a privately owned toll road owned by the Clifton and De Hoghton estates. The tolls were abolished in 1902, when it became a main road as a result of an agreement made by Lancashire County Council and Fylde Rural District three years earlier which also saw the construction of new sections of road at Clifton and Blackpool.1

The increased use of private cars, buses and charabancs in the 1920s, and the poor condition of the road, made it one of Lancashire County Council's priorities in its road improvement schemes. The Blackpool to Clifton section of the road was reconstructed between 1929 and 1936, and as part of the reconstruction project bypasses were built to take the road around Kirkham and the centre of Clifton.1

The route of the A583 changed again in the mid 20th centurywhen?, when the Riversway section of the road was constructed to bypass the Ashton-on-Ribble area of Preston.


  1. ^ a b c Whiteley, John (1998). "The Beginning of the Motor Age, 1880–1940". In Crosby, Alan (Ed.). Leading the Way: A History of Lancashire's Roads. Preston: Lancashire County Books. pp. 191, 232–234. ISBN 1-871236-33-9. 

Coordinates: 53°46′42″N 2°52′03″W / 53.7782°N 2.8674°W / 53.7782; -2.8674

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