|Length:||28 miles (45.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
Motorway link from Preston and M6 to Blackburn and Burnley, ending at Colne. The western terminus is unusual in that it is numbered 1a, meaning that 1a is not, between junctions 1 and 2. Junction 2, which interchanges with the M61 also features the Walton Summit Motorway, a single-carriageway link road from the town of Walton Summit to the junction 2 roundabout. This spur motorway is unusual in that it does not connect directly to either motorway, and historically its signage has reflected this feature.
The M65 number was previously allocated to the M621 Leeds South West Urban Motorway.
Calder Valley Fast RouteM65 History
A detailed overview of the origins of the Calder Valley Fast Route, and the obstacles faced in delivering the project. The story begins in 1949 and is still developing even today.
Walton Summit Motorway
Blackburn with Darwen services
Main Article: Blackburn with Darwen services
Blackburn with Darwen services (originally just Blackburn services) is a single-site MSA located at junction 4. Unusually, its operator is listed as McDonald's.
|1A-2||Yes||Mix of high mast SON and conventional SON||High mast columns at interchanges|
|7-10||No||Lighting removed in 2011|
|10-13||No||Conventional SON||Lighting originally switched off between midnight-5am, removed fully in 2015.|
|13-14||Yes||LED||Maintained by Lancashire County Council, not Highways England|
- The M65 Motorway (Bamber Bridge to Whitebirk Section, Blackburn Southern Bypass) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1991
- The M65 Motorway (Bamber Bridge to Whitebirk Section, Blackburn Southern Bypass) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1991 Variation Scheme 1992