Motorway Spurs

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A page describing those short spurs not worthy of a separate number (as far as we know). They are often found near airports. This is an incomplete listing.

Image Motorway Name Details More Info
M1 J10 (Luton) From J10 to J10a
North Bound M4 Heathrow Spur - Geograph - 71848.jpg M4 Heathrow Spur From J4 to J4a. On driver location signs, it's shown as "M4H". Double ended spur that has had several numbers proposed, both officially and by SABRE. PM - Heathrow Spur
M4 Huntercombe Spur (J7) From the trumpet junction at J7 to a roundabout on the A4 between Slough and Maidenhead. Was the original eastern terminal of the first section of the M4, the Maidenhead bypass.
M5 J22 (Edithmead) Spur to A38 from trumpet junction. A busy junction, predominantly serving Burnham-on-Sea, and leading to one of the largest roundabout islands in the country. The most intersting point, however, is that local rumour has it that the northbound sliproads were overlooked when the land was originally bought, resulting in them being extremely short and cramped.
The M6 slip road - Geograph - 1579485.jpg M6 Bryn Spur From J25
M8 Braehead Spur From J25A. A late addition (21st century?)
M9 J1a (Forth Road Bridge) Opened in 1970, along with the completion of the M9 to Newbridge. Originally had only south-facing slip roads with no direct access to and from the westbound M9. As part of the Forth Replacement Crossing project new north-facing slip roads were opened on 1st February 2013. Will become the southern end of the M90 upon completion of the Forth Replacement Crossing project.

The spur previously terminated at the Humbie Roundabout, where the majority of the traffic headed north for the Forth Road Bridge along the infamous A8000. The remainder took the B800 to Kirkliston, with many trying to beat the A8000's notorious traffic jam. This situation persisted for 37 years until the spur was extended to meet the A90 just south of the Forth Road Bridge. This new section was opened in September 2007. The Humbie roundabout was removed and the A8000 reverted to being a quiet country road. In 2009 the A8000 was renumbered back to B800, as it had been numbered before the construction of the M9.

M11 J9 (Stump Cross) Spur to the south of Cambridge for the A11 at Stump Cross.
M20 J8 (Maidstone (East)) From J8 to the A20 roundabout, originally the terminus for the A20(M) and later M20 before the "Missing Link" to Ashford was built.
M23 J9 (Gatwick) From J9 to J9a
M25 J4 (Orpington) At J4, for the A21.
M25 J5 (Sevenoaks) At J5, also for the A21.
Terminal 5 Spur Road - Geograph - 366857.jpg M25 J14 (Heathrow) To Terminal 5. On driver location signs, it's shown as "T5 SPUR"
M25 J19 (Hunton Cross) Originally going to be the northern end of the M25. Now this northern end of the A405 Rickmansworth bypass has been narrowed to 2-lanes and turned into a spur.
M40 J8 (Oxford) From J8 to the A40, originally the terminus for the M40 before the extension to Birmingham was built.
M53 J2 (Upton) From J2 to J2a
M56 J3 From J3 to J3a with the A5103. TOTSOs the mainline, with j1-3 locally called the Sharston Spur. It would have lead to, but wasn't part of, the Princess Parkway Motorway.
M56 J5 (Manchester Airport) From J5, is the only section of the Outer Ring Road's Southern Section that was built as motorway. A map in a newspaper article once showed it as M68.
M56 Bowdon Spur (J7) Led to A56/A556 roundabout, known as Lymm Corner. Part of the main route from Manchester to London and Birmingham. Was a temporary terminus of the M56. Undergoing major remodelling in 2016 as part of the realignment and improvement of the A556 between the M56 and M6.
M60 J2 This spur was a temporary terminus of the then M63. Don't know if it ever had a name. It might reasonably be called the Stockport Spur, or the Cheadle Spur, or the Cheadle Heath Spur, or even Roscoe's Spur. The roundabout at its end, where it meets the A560, was unofficially known as Roscoe's Roundabout, after an adjacent DIY emporium, whose owners encouraged the name.
M62 Milnrow Spur (J21) Linked the original trumpet junction at J21 to the A640. Doubtful if it was really long enough to count as a spur even then. Greatly curtailed circa 2007; now A6193.
M90 J10 Perth Formerly the plain vanilla M90, until the M85 and the A85/A92 route got changed into the M90/A90.
A627(M) Slattocks Link A6138(M)? PM - A6138(M)
M61 / M65 Walton Summit Motorway Unknown what number (if any) this motorway bears as signage is confused. It comes off the M61/M65 junction. PM - WSM




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M25 T5 spur crossing the A3044 - Geograph - 387680.jpgM4 Motorway (Heathrow Spur) - Geograph - 231943.jpgNorth Bound M4 Heathrow Spur - Geograph - 71848.jpgTerminal 5 Spur Road - Geograph - 366857.jpgThe M6 slip road - Geograph - 1579485.jpg
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