And it certainly isn’t the A666 either!
Regular drivers may be far from surprised as to where the UK’s real Road To Hell lies. The M6 between Cheshire and Staffordshire can be troublesome at times, and the M62 seems to have had road cones and a 50mph speed limit, between Ainley Top and the M1/M62 interchange since the start of this decade. The M25’s tropes are well publicised and form a metaphorical beltway between London and the rest of the United Kingdom.
In a Department for Transport survey, the slowest and worst section of motorway for driving along is between Junction 2 and Junction 3 of the M67 motorway. The former has a westbound exit and eastbound entrance, whereas the latter is the M67’s only fully fledged junction if you exclude Denton Island. Between St. Anne’s Church and Hyde’s branch of Morrisons, the 1.2 mile section is irksome enough to make walking along the A57, or catching the 201 bus more palatable. In its short section, road cones typically await the motorist.
In its present form, the M67 opened in September 1981, the same month as the Cheadle to Portwood section of the M63, part of today’s M60. The M67 was originally mooted to be Britain’s second Trans-Pennine motorway from Manchester (starting at the A57(M) Mancunian Way) to Sheffield. Besides today’s motorway, the equally controversial Stocksbridge Bypass runs along part of its projected route. In completed form, it would have joined up with today’s Junction 37 of the M1 motorway.
Besides the fact only a sixth of the motorway was completed, the Denton Island interchange never fails to nark off the most seasoned of drivers. A flyover was originally proposed, leaving the roundabout free for drivers wishing to join the M60. Manchester bound traffic wouldn’t have been bogged down by other road users on Manchester Road.
The joys of living in this borough!
- Pathetic Motorways: entry on the M67 motorway.
S.V., 19 November 2014.