|Manchester Outer Ring Road|
|Via:||Salford, Prestwich, Denton, Sale|
|Distance:||35.3 miles (56.8 km)|
|Meets:||M56, M62, M66, M67, M602, A666(M)|
|Former Number(s):||M62, M63, M66|
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, and their junctions were renumbered. The final section of the ring was opened as M60 in 2000.
The north-west quadrant of the M60 is multiplexed with the M62. This is one of only three multiplexes between two motorways in Great Britain.
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
Worsley Braided Interchange 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.
Between the junctions now numbered 8 and 9, between Stretford and Urmston, when that part of the M60 was the M62 (Stretford - Eccles bypass), there was a junction (numbered 5) where the M60 now crosses over the B5213 (Stretford Road), with slips in the south quadrants only, useful for people going between that area and south Manchester; see this map. They disappeared when that part of the M62 was widened from 2 lanes each way to 3 lanes each way.
- The M66 Motorway (Middleton to the Lancashire/Yorkshire Motorway (M62) Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 - Orders for M60 J18-19
- The M66 Motorway (Manchester Outer Ring Road, Denton to Middleton Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 - Orders for M60 J20-24
- The M66 Motorway (Manchester Outer Ring Road, Denton to Middleton Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 Amendment Scheme 1993