Great Eccleston Bypass, A586, Garstang Road

OS 1937-61
Modern Map
Date opened/built:



1.04 miles (1.7kms).


9ft (2.74m).

Adjoining footway:


Road type:

Rural dual carriageway.


Possibly period asphalt.

Both sides of road:


Adjacent to social housing:


Period mapping:

OS 1:10,000, surveyed/revised pre-1930 to 1955, published 1955 Bypass shown; cycle tracks and footways not shown.

OpenCycleMap status:

Period maps, newspaper reports.

Period finger post column with modern signs in front of the 1939 cycle track and somewhat hidden footway.

“Motorists travelling to Blackpool through Garstang are now able to [use] the new road which has cut out Great Eccleston village,” reported the Lancashire Evening Post in May 1939.

“The by-pass was opened to the public to-day without ceremony,” added the paper, saying that “all forms of transport should enjoy the advantages of this by-pass, for it includes a 30ft carriageway, two cycle tracks — each separated from the carriageway grass verge — and two footways throughout.”

The cycle tracks and footways are still in situ, although the footways have a tendency to disappear under hedges, when unkempt, which appears to be much of the time.


“Motorists travelling to ... Lancashire Evening Post 6 May 1939.

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