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|Manchester Outer Ring Road|
|Via:||Salford, Prestwich, Denton, Sale|
|Length:||35.3 miles (56.8 km)|
|Meets:||M56, M62, M66, M67, M602, A666(M)|
|Former Number(s):||M62, M63, M66|
|Ashton-under-Lyne • Manchester • Oldham • Stockport • Trafford Park •|
The first section of what is now the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road (the original plans took a different route: south of Stockport and served Manchester Airport directly) opened in 1960 as the M62 Stretford-Eccles bypass, but most of this was renamed M63 in 1971. Other sections opened between 1970 and 1989 as M62, M63, M66 and M68. In 1998 all then extant sections were renumbered M60. The final section of the ring was opened as M60 in 2000.
Main Article: Simister Island
Simister Island forms the northern corner of the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road. Opened in 1971 as a standard two level roundabout with provision for an underpass onto the Bury Easterly Bypass (now M66) when constructed, it has since become vastly over-capacity. In 2000 as part of the creation of the M60, the interchange was given free-flow sliproads for the last of its four left turns (the other three had been done earlier), and the circulatory carriageway was widened to four lanes with colour-coded Spiral Roundabout markings to direct traffic through the newly signalised junction.
Worsley Braided Interchange
Main Article: Worsley Braided Interchange
Worsley Braided Intechange is the Spaghetti Junction of the North. It's about 2.5 miles from one end to the other, sprawling over Linnyshaw Moss. The junction is notable in that, where the M60 clockwise splits off a slip road for the M61, you can draw a line roughly East–West and count eighteen lanes of motorway running in parallel.