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Simister Island

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Simister Island
Location Map ( geo)
Junction 18 of the M60-M62 at Simister - Geograph - 359232.jpg
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Location
Simister, Lancashire
County
Lancashire
Highway Authority
Highways England
Junction Type
Three Level Stacked Roundabout
Roads Joined
M60, M62, M66
Junctions related to the M66

Simister Island - junction 18 of the M60, junction 18 of the M62 and junction 4 of the M66 - forms the north eastern corner of the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road. Opened in 1970 as a standard two level roundabout with provision for an underpass onto the Bury Easterly Bypass (now M66) when constructed, it has since become vastly over-capacity.

In 1999 as part of the creation of the M60, the interchange was given free-flow sliproads for all left turns, and the circulatory carriageway was widened to four lanes with colour-coded Spiral Roundabout markings to direct traffic through the newly signalised junction.

Despite those works, this junction is still a frequent peak hour trouble-spot.

Original Plans

Detail of free-flow slips

The original junction design included free-flow slips between what is now the two M60 carriageways. A large gap was provided between the carriageways of the then-M68 to the south of the junction for these free-flow slips, but the majority of this gap was removed during widening works in this area.

2020 Consultation

From June to August 2020 a consultation ran on further improvements to the interchange. Two options were presented:

  • Northern Loop Option: A new loop in the north-east quadrant, allowing M60 clockwise traffic to bypass the roundabout
  • Inner Link Option: Widening of the roundabout and separation of traffic flows at grade


Routes

Route To Notes

M60

Ring Road (W), Salford, Bolton (M61), Preston, Liverpool (M62), B'ham (M6)

M60

Ring Road (E & S), Manchester & Airport, Oldham, (M67), Chester, B'ham (M56)

M62

Leeds, Huddersfield, Rochdale

M66

Bury, Burnley, Blackburn

M62

Leeds, Huddersfield, Rochdale

M66

Manchester, Middleton (A576)

M68

Manchester, Middleton (A576)

M62

Liverpool, Preston (M61), Birmingham (M6) access from M62 east and M66 north only.



Videos

M60 Simister Island June 2020 Consultation Option 1

We are holding a consultation on our plans to improve Simister Island Interchange at junction 18 of the M60. This is the Northern Loop option, which is the first of the two options we have developed. For this option we’d build a new loop structure to provide a free-flow link from the M60 eastbound to the M60 southbound. We’d also build a wider free-flow link from the M60 northbound to the M60 westbound, and widen the M66 southbound to 4 lanes through the junction.

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M60 Simister Island June 2020 Consultation Option 2

We are holding a consultation on our plans to improve Simister Island Interchange at junction 18 of the M60. This is the Inner Links option, which is the second of the two options we have developed. This would involve building two new bridges over the M66 within the roundabout. We’d also build a new free-flow link from the M60 eastbound to the M66 northbound, and replace the existing single-lane from the M60 northbound to westbound with two lanes. We’d need to widen the M60 eastbound and M66 southbound slip roads if we select this option, as well as widening Hills Lane bridge just north of the project.

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Links

Manchester Evening News



Simister Island
Related Pictures
View gallery (14)
Exiting the M60 to get onto the M60 - Coppermine - 17038.jpgJunction 4 M66 South - Coppermine - 17763.jpgManchester Ring Road - Geograph - 51512.jpgSouthern end of the M66 - Coppermine - 17108.jpgExited M60 simister island about to join the...M60. - Coppermine - 17036.jpg
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Former or ProposedM62 J16 • M63 J5
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The Rocket • 5 Bowring Park • 6 Tarbock Roundabout • 7 Rainhill Stoops • 8 Burtonwood • 9 Stump Cross • 10 Croft • 11 Birchwood • 12 Eccles
Former section: 13 Worsley • 14 & 14A Worsley Braided Interchange • 15 Clifton • 16 Junction 16 • 17 Whitefield
18 Simister Island  • 19 Heywood • 20 Thornham • 21 Milnrow • 22 Rockingstone Moss • 23 Outlane • 24 Ainley Top • 25 Clifton • 26 Chain Bar • 27 Gildersome • 28 Tingley • 29 Lofthouse • 30 Rothwell  • 31 Normanton • 32 Castleford • 32A Holmfield • 33 Ferrybridge • 34 Whitley Bridge • 35 Langham • 36 Goole • 37 Howden Spur • 38 North Cave


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