The port of Fleetwood is located on the Lancashire coast, 9 miles North of Blackpool. In 2010 the port handled 1.1 million tonnes of cargo traffic. Although not the busiest port in terms of tonnage, Fleetwood is one of the UK’s leading ports for RO-RO traffic. Its location on the Northern tip of the Lancashire coast also makes it important for Irish Sea crossings. It is only 60 miles from the port of Fleetwood to the Isle of Man, and the distance is roughly the same again from the Isle of Man to Belfast.
The Isle of Man and Ireland are the main distribution centres for Fleetwood cargo away from the mainland, but the port is well located for the inland transportation of containers. On leaving the port of Fleetwood, containers in transit will soon join the motorway network via the M65. From here it is a short journey to link with the M6 travelling north, and the motorways taking traffic into and around Manchester and beyond. Well located for transporting containers northwards, a virtual straight line of motorway will take cargo on the M6 to Carlisle (104 miles), and into Scotland. Continuing onto the M74, cargo gets a direct route straight into Glasgow (198 miles). Travelling southeast there are many routes into Manchester (56 miles), and travelling south on the M6 the major destinations would be Stoke-on-Trent (88 miles), and Birmingham (130 miles).
Fleetwood is a relatively young town only being realised in the mid 1900’s. Peter Hesketh who masterminded the building of the town, was knighted, and by 1838 was granted by royal licence, the right to assume the name of Fleetwood. At this time Fleetwood developed into a seaport of some importance. Although used mainly as a fishing port, cargo was regularly shipped to the Isle of Man and Ireland. With the shipping industry in constant decline, this is no longer the case for Fleetwood, and holidaymakers looking for a quieter alternative to their neighbour, Blackpool, now dominate much of the economy of Fleetwood. The one area of the ports business that has been maintained is the container cargo industry, and with its location, the port should continue to thrive in this area.
By 1838 Peter Hesketh had been knighted and granted, by royal licence, the right to assume the name of Fleetwood. Fleetwood developed into a seaport of some importance and became a busy centre of the fishing industry, but its popularity, as a holiday resort was never realised, until the late 1900’s.