Originally planned freeflow links between south and west
The junction was built in the mid 1970s with the M57 to the north terminating at the roundabout and the M62 passing beneath. Space was left for the M57 to continue southwards at a later date. Along with a southerly extension of the M57 there would also have been freeflow links between south and west.
The planned extension of the M57 was eventually built in 1995 as the A5300. The original south to west freeflow links never materialised but in 2008 freeflow links were built between north and east making it possible to drive between the M57 and the rest of the motorway network uninterrupted.