|Location Map ( geo)|
|Sharston, Wythenshawe, Manchester|
|M56, A560, B5168|
|Junctions related to the A560|
|Bredbury Interchange • Bredbury Scissors • Hattersley Roundabout • M56 J3A • Portwood Roundabout • Pyramid Roundabout • Roscoes Roundabout|
Sharston Interchange, M56 junction 2, is a grade-separated roundabout on the D2M eastern arm, or Sharston spur, of the M56. To the east of the roundabout is a pair of slip roads. To the west of the junction roundabout, as far as the nearby Greenwood Road roundabout, the M56 runs in a cutting below and between the carriageways of the A560, which are at ground level.
At that time the roundabout operated roughly as now, despite the fact that the western of the two bridges which carry it had not yet been built. The west side of the roundabout followed a temporary line just to the east of the present western bridge.
When the junction was first built there was a swimming pool to the south-east of the roundabout. To avoid the building, the westbound off-slip was partly cantilevered above the hard shoulder of the main carriageway, and this feature remains though the pool has since been demolished.
|(M60) Ring Road (S & E), Stockport, Didsbury, Sheffield (M67), Leeds (M62)|
|Chester, Warrington, Manchester Airport, Birmingham (M6)||This road can be joined from M56 only|
|Altrincham, Manchester (A5013), Chester (M56) Birmingham (M6) L'pool (M62), Bolton, Preston(M61)||Allows joining of M56 Westbound|
|Wythenshawe, Cheadle, Wilmslow (A34)|
|Sharston Industrial Estate||Road number not shown|