Manchester

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Manchester
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Manchester Town Hall
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County
Lancashire • Cheshire
Highway Authority
Manchester
Forward Destination on
M56 • M61 • M62 • M66 • M67 • M602 • A57(M) • A666(M) • A6 • A34 • A56 • A57 • A62 • A635 • A5063 • A5081 • A5103 • A5145 • A6010
Next Primary Destinations
Altrincham • Ashton-under-Lyne • Bury • Congleton • Manchester Airport • Oldham • Salford • Stockport • Trafford Park
Places related to the M56
Chester • Queensferry
Places related to the A6
Bakewell • Barnet • Bedford • Buxton • Carlisle • Chorley • Derby • Eccles • Hazel Grove • Kendal • Kettering • Lancaster • Leicester • Loughborough • Luton • Market Harborough • Matlock • Penrith • Preston • Salford • Stockport
Places related to the A34
Abingdon • Alderley Edge • Bicester • Birmingham • Cannock • Chipping Norton • Congleton • Newbury • Newcastle-under-Lyme • Oxford • Salford • Solihull • Stafford • Stoke-on-Trent • Stone • Stratford-upon-Avon • Walsall • Wilmslow • Winchester
Places related to the A56
Altrincham • Bury • Chester • Colne • Nelson • Sale • Warrington
This article is about the city.
For the Highway Authority, see Manchester Council
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Manchester is a major city in the North West of England, and is one of the biggest hubs for transport in the region. Originally, traffic through the city centre was carried north-south on the A56 and east-west on the A6. The completion of the A57(M) in 1967 reduced much of the need for the A6 to be used through the city and from the 1980s onwards, the role of the A6 has been diminished somewhat by the construction of the remaining sections of the Manchester & Salford Inner Relief Route. Indeed, the A6 cannot be followed through the city centre any more, whereas the A56 still continues without hindrance.

Much of the city's current road pattern has been brought about as a result of the 1996 Manchester Bomb that devastated the Arndale Centre. The closure of Corporation Street to through traffic has seen a rise in traffic on Deansgate, and to control this, a number of turn prohibitions exist.

In 1998, the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road was created, and competed in late 2000.

1960s road proposals

Roads planned for the central area
In 1962 the SELNEC Report was published which recommended a system of motorways and dual carriageways to counter the growing levels of traffic congestion the city was suffering. Over the following decade detailed plans were drawn up for the new roads. Many of these roads were to be in close proximity to one another thereby providing high levels of redundancy. By the early 1970s work was progressing on replacing older slums with new housing. The new estates were built to accommodate the new roads and by the end of the decade there were many strips of open land across the city where the new roads were to run. In particular the line of the Inner Ring Road between Moss Side and Ardwick is clearly visible on contemporary mapping with larger areas where the junctions were to be. Despite all this hardly any of planned roads were built. Work had started on the Princess Parkway Motorway between the Inner Ring Road and A57(M) but only the slip roads were ever built. Just to the west of this the Chorlton Road Extension, A5067, was also started on with a section of dual carriageway to the south of the A56/A57(M) junction. By the end of the 1980s the reserved land had started to be built on obliterating any evidence of where the roads were to go.

Routes

Route To Notes

M56

Birmingham, Chester, Manchester Airport Accessed via A5103. Birmingham is reached via M6

M60

Outer Ring Road

M61

Preston, Bolton

M66

Bury

M67

Barnsley, Sheffield, Denton, Hyde Barnsley via A628. Sheffield via A628 and A616

A57(M)

Part of Manchester & Salford Inner Relief Route

A635(M)

Part of Manchester & Salford Inner Relief Route

A6

Stockport

A34

Congleton

A56

Bury

A56

Sale,Altrincham

A57

Sheffield

A62

Oldham, Rochdale

A635

Ashton-under-Lyne

A664

Middleton

A5081

Trafford Park

A5103

Wythenshawe Access road to M56

A5145

Salford Link road from Old Trafford

A6010

Manchester Intermediate Ring Road

A662

Droylsden

A5014

Old Trafford

A5079

Longsight Slade Lane from Fallowfield

B5093

Levenshulme, Stockport Albert Rd. from Fallowfield. Stockport reached via A6

B5117

Rusholme

B5217

Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

B6178

Levenshulme Accessed via A57

Videos

A57(M) Mancunian Way - Westbound

A full traverse of the A635(M) & A57(M) Mancunian Way heading west

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M602 Motorway Westbound

A full traverse westbound as the M602 passes the Salford suburbs out towards the Eccles Interchange

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M60 Orbital Anticlockwise

A full anticlockwise loop of Manchester's M60 orbital motorway, starting at J3 (A34) and ending at J2 (A560) one orbit later. There's a contraflow on the north-east section

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Manchester
SectionsA34/Solihull - Salford • A6/Hazel Grove - Manchester • A6/Manchester - Preston
ProjectsManchester and Salford Inner Relief Route
JunctionsAirport Interchange • Alkrington Interchange • Apollo Roundabout • Cambridge Street Junction • Carrington Interchange • Chester Road Interchange • Clifton Junction • Deansgate Interchange • Denton Interchange • Downing Street Junction • Eccles Interchange • Failsworth • Gilda Brook Roundabout • Greengate Roundabout • Hollinwood Interchange • Lostock Circle • M56 J3 • M56 J3A • M60 J21 • Medlock Street Junction • Miles Platting • Mottram Moor Fork • New Cross (Manchester) • Northenden Interchange • Parkway Circle • Peel Green Interchange • Princess Parkway Interchange • Redclyffe Circle • Regent Road Roundabout • Rhodes Interchange • Sackville Street Junction • Sale Interchange • Sharston Interchange • Simister Island • Snipe Interchange • Victoria • West Didsbury Junction • White City Circle • Whitefield Interchange • Worsley Braided Interchange • Worsley Interchange • Wythenshawe Junction
ServicesBirch services
CrossingsM60 - Northenden Bridge • Northenden Bridge
RoadsA34 • A5014 • A5067 • A5068 (Manchester) • A5079 • A5081 • A5103 • A5145 • A5184 • A5219 • A526 (Newcastle-under-Lyme - Salford) • A555 • A56 • A560 • A57 • A57(M) • A576 • A580 • A6 • A6(M) (Bredbury - Hazel Grove) • A6010 • A6041 • A6042 • A6044 • A6103 (Manchester) • A6104 • A6143 • A62 • A635 • A635(M) • A662 • A663 • A664 • A665 • B5093 • B5095 • B5117 • B5166 • B5167 • B5168 • B5217 • B5218 • B5219 • B5220 • B5221 • B5222 (Manchester) • B5223 • B5224 • B5225 • B529 • B5290 (Wythenshawe - Moss Side) • B5410 (Manchester) • B6167 • B6178 • B6179 (Manchester) • B6180 • B6181 • B6182 • B6185 • B6393 • B6469 • City Centre Road • E109 (Old System) • E20 • E22 • M52 • M56 • M60 • M602 • M60 (Knutsford - Manchester) • M61 • M62 • M62 Relief Road • M63 • M64 (Eccles - Salford) • M66 • M67 • M68 • Manchester Eastern By-pass • Manchester Inner Ring Road • Northern and Western Motorway • Princess Parkway Motorway • T12 (Britain) • T18 (Britain) • T21 (Britain) • T60 (Britain) • T61 (Britain)
MiscellaneousManchester/Named Junctions
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Places in North West England
Major CitiesCarlisle • Liverpool • Manchester • Preston • Salford
Primary DestinationsAltrincham • Ashton-under-Lyne • Barrow • Birkenhead • Blackburn • Blackpool • Bolton • Bootle • Brough • Burnley • Bury • Chester • Clitheroe • Colne • Congleton • Crewe • Ellesmere Port • Fleetwood • Garston • Heysham • Huyton • Kendal • Keswick • Kirkby Lonsdale • Lancaster • Leigh • Macclesfield • Manchester Airport • Morecambe • Nantwich • Northwich • Oldham • Penrith • Rochdale • Runcorn • Skelmersdale • Southport • Speke • St Helens • Stockport • Trafford Park • Wallasey • Warrington • Whitehaven • Widnes • Wigan • Windermere
Other PlacesAlderley Edge • Alston • Ashton-in-Makerfield • Chorley • Cockermouth • Eccles • Hazel Grove • Hindley • Holmes Chapel • Hyde • Kirkby • Knutsford • Littleborough • Liverpool Airport • Lytham St Annes • Maghull • Middleton • Middlewich • Nelson • Newton-le-Willows • Ormskirk • Poynton • Sale • Stretford • Wilmslow • Winsford • Workington