|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||3.9 miles (6.3 km)|
|Meets:||A665, A6010, A635|
|Route outline (key)|
Manchester - Ashton under Lyne
Starting at traffic lights on the A665 the road heads northeastwards, initially with the Metrolink on the left and a factory building on the right. The road then bears right at traffic lights marking the first section of on-street running for the trams, which lasts until just before a bridge over the River Medway, after which the road passes to the south of the Sportcity complex whilst the tram line runs through the middle.
The A6010 is crossed at traffic lights, after which we see the tram lines on the left once more. We go over the Ashton Canal, then the tram lines at grade before bearing to the right to pass Clayton Park before another section of on-street running for the Metrolink begins, which continues for some distance. Just after crossing the Manchester city limit there is a set of traffic lights, after which the road becomes D2 for a short distance to allow a tram stop (Edge Lane) to be located in the central reservation. The tram leaves the road to the right for the next stop (Cemetery Road) and the stop in Droylsden town centre is once again in the central reservation. In all three cases the street running recommences after the stop.
In 2012, the first phase of Metrolink's extension to Ashton-under-Lyne was completed as far as Droylsden, with the second phase reaching Ashton in 2013. These provided a lengthy section of on-street running for trams with some segregated sections running alongside in places. The changes have changed the A662 beyond virtually all recognition.