|All of the A6144(M)|
|An overhead view of the A6144(M) when it was still a motorway|
|Distance:||1.2 miles (1.9 km)|
|Now part of:||A6144|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6144(M) was a short motorway spur from the M60 (previously M63) south-west of Manchester towards the A6144 at Carrington, built so that heavy goods traffic could access the chemical and industrial works there without having to pass through the centre of Sale. The road was notorious as being the motorway built to the lowest physical standard of any in the UK. It was single-carriageway for its entire length, with one lane in each direction separated by central hatching to discourage overtaking following several head-on collisions in its early days.
When the M60 was widened the A6144(M)'s terminal interchange was remodelled, making it possible for large vehicles to perform a U-turn, and motorway restrictions were lifted. Trafford Borough Council, responsible for its maintenance, wished to get easier access to it for their maintenance crews without the additional red tape that a motorway entails and consequently the road was downgraded to non-primary A-road status on 24th May 2006. However, non-motorway traffic is still signposted away from the road.
The road's single Chopsticks sign at its western end (in place from the road's opening to its downgrading) and some other items of interest are now in the hands of private collectors.
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