Manchester Eastern By-pass
|Manchester Eastern By-pass|
|Met:||A6, A62, A663|
|Route outline (key)|
The Manchester Eastern By-pass was a post-war plan for an eastern bypass of the city centre, of which only several short pieces were constructed, most notably two short sections of residential road in Clayton called "Eastern By-pass"
The route appears in the 1945 City of Manchester Plan, and was modified by the time of the 1962 SELNEC Highways Plan. The proposal appears to have been abandoned not long after the publication of the 1962 Plan.
The route's northern end would have been at the junction of A663 Broadway and A62, and would have effectively been a southwards continuation of Broadway, terminating in the area of the A6 at Levenshulme.
Whilst its route in its entirety is not easy to follow today, there are several pointers towards it.
The first evidence can be seen at Vale Street, where only a single carriageway was constructed, with space left on the western side for the additional carriageway. Slightly further south, the western carriageway has been constructed, and provides for access to a small row of shops. Almost immediately to the south, there is the first stretch of road called Eastern Bypass, which is a very odd dual carriageway residential street. At both ends of this section of Eastern Bypass, the route itself has been constructed slightly further than the actual street - at the northern end there is a large paved area, whilst at the southern end the houses along Schofield Street are misaligned to the road, showing the future line of Eastern By-pass.
On the southern side of the Ashton Canal is the second stretch of street named Eastern By-pass.