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What's all this, then?
Well, it's the newest motorway on the UK road network .... and yet it's not new at all. Over 40 years old in fact.
What the heck are you on about??
Okay, what if I were to say that part of an existing motorway has been reclassified under a brand new number? Would that make more sense?
Ah, that makes sense!
Yeah, perhaps that's how I should've described it in the first place.
So where is this "new" motorway?
Take a look on Google Maps! - https://firstname.lastname@example.org ... 388,15.08z
I don't see anything but the M181! Are you making this thing up?
I wish I were. It pretty much caught all of us by surprise. But recent images have come online proving that signage has been put up for the A1077(M).
So what's the story here?
Well Lincolnshire Council have been working on a new residential development known as Lincolnshire Lakes (fancy sounding, I know!) It will see a series of housing settlements and a business park built to the west of Scunthorpe.
That's nice and all, but what's this got to do with the A1077(M) or the M181?
Well, the current M181 lies west to the development. As part of this new scheme, a roundabout has been placed in the middle of the motorway, this is of course to allow access to this new development. When the roundabout was first opened, it was expected that the M181 to the north would be demoted to become the A1077, but shockingly this hasn't happened yet. Presumably, this is because there's nowhere currently for non-motorway traffic to go on the roundabout.
Interesting, but I don't understand why this warrants a new designation
Me neither. Perhaps they thought that a single motorway shouldn't have a roundabout in the middle and decided to give the other half a new name. But that hasn't stopped the likes of the A627(M) or the M271. Even the M4 Heathrow spur is arguably interrupted by a roundabout.
So is this road going to be permanent?
Nobody knows for sure just yet. Some people are predicting this is only a temporary measure, and that the road will be downgraded to A1077 once the roundabout is complete. Some people are also arguing that this could be a permanent measure.
As for me, either answer wouldn't surprise me. It's not as if we haven't made any other ridiculous decisions when it comes to our motorways!
What's going to happen to the M181?
For now, everything south of the M181 is remaining as it is.
For now? So something else is going to happen?
Yes. If you look closely on the map, there are plans to also convert the area where the M181 meets Burringham Road into a roundabout. Once this is done, the remaining parts of the M181 will be classified as the M180 and the M181 will be no more!
What about the road between the two roundabouts? Is it possible it will also be designated as A1077(M)?
If you'd asked me a month ago, I'd have said "No! Don't be ridiculous, what a silly question!" But now with the existing A1077(M), well, who knows? Only time will tell.
Do you have any videos of this new motorway?
Yes, JenOnTheMove has created this lovely video about the new motorway! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrr-X292JvE
Have any other users commented?
Well, as this is an open forum, users can comment when they please. So there may be some comments below.
I would do the same with the B6601 but that hasn't the (M).
( For information, that's the bit that was the southern part of the A601(M), from the motorway to Kellet Road )
EDIT : Just spotted a typo in the original post. The second road is actually Burringham Road. The rubbish typeface on Google maps doesn't help.
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It's not the same experts who gave us the DN7 link a few miles further west is it? The M180 has never been so interesting.
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Dunno who did the designs. Prime suspect is Mr. C. Lueless.