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This was an important junction where the A63 made its southern connection with the A1. In 2006 the A1 was relocated to a new motorway alignment as the A1(M) and ceased to pass through this junction. Today it is the junction of the A63 and A1246.
Historically the road from Leeds towards Selby and Hull struck east from the city and passed just to the north east of this location. The historic turnpike route met the Great North Road at the Boot and Shoe to the north of this point and followed a section of the Great North Road southwards before branching off eastwards at the Selby Fork. When road numbering was introduced, the Great North Road became A1 and the Leeds to Hull road became A63, and the historic routing was continued with what was, in the earliest days of route numbering, a rare case of two numbers running concurrently for a distance of several miles.
When this part of the A1 was upgraded to dual carriageway in 1964, Selby Fork was rebuilt as a grade-separated roundabout junction, with the A1 carried above the roundabout on a flyover and the A63 leading away to the east. To the west, a local road to Ledsham joined the roundabout.
During the 1960s it was the intention of the Ministry of Transport and West Riding County Council that the M62 would terminate on the M1 near Wakefield, and a separate motorway route would begin on the M1 at Lofthouse and travel east to reach the A1. This proposal was known as the M19 and several official documents refer to its proposed terminus as Selby Fork (though other locations were also under consideration). This may explain the very large roundabout that was built at Selby Fork, which would have potentially had the capacity to terminate the motorway link. However, this was the junction of two trunk routes, and the scale of the junction would not be disproportionate even if it was only meant for the A1 and A63.
The M19 proposal was superseded by the eastward extension of the M62 towards Hull, so this junction remained unmodified from its grade separation in 1964 until 2006, when the adjacent motorway opened and it was remodelled.
The revised layout, designed to give priority to the A63 which became the major road through the junction, saw the flyover removed and the roundabout remodelled to become circular. The radius of the new roundabout is smaller than that of the old, and most of it lies inside the former roundabout's island. The local connection to Ledsham was removed and re-routed to a new T-junction with the A1246 to the south.
|The SOUTH (A1(M)), Selby|
|Brotherton, Fairburn, Ledsham,||No HGV's at Fairburn|
|The SOUTH, Selby (A63)|
|The NORTH, Wetherby|
|Wakefield, Leeds (M1)|