M18 motorway (Great Britain)

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M18 motorway shield

M18 motorway
Route information
Part of Tabliczka E13.svg E13
Length: 26.5 mi (42.6 km)
Existed: 1967 – present
History: Constructed 1967–79
Major junctions
From: Thurcroft
53°22′52″N 1°16′43″W / 53.3811°N 1.2785°W / 53.3811; -1.2785 (M18 motorway (southern end))
  UK-Motorway-M1.svg
M1 motorway
Junction 2.svg UK-Motorway-A1 (M).svg
A1(M) motorway
Junction 5.svg UK-Motorway-M180.svg
M180 motorway
Junction 7.svg UK-Motorway-M62.svg
M62 motorway
To: Rawcliffe
53°40′57″N 0°58′03″W / 53.6825°N 0.9676°W / 53.6825; -0.9676 (M18 motorway (northern end))
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Rotherham, Doncaster
Road network
M18 northbound during the 2005–2006 roadworks
M18 in South Yorkshire

The M18 is a motorway in Yorkshire, England. It runs from the east of Sheffield and Rotherham to Goole and is approximately 26 miles (42 km) long. A section of the road forms part of the unsigned Euroroute E13.

Route[edit]

The M18 runs in a north east/south west direction from junction 32 of the M1 motorway to junction 35 of the M62 motorway. It passes east of Rotherham, southeast of Doncaster and Armthorpe, and west of Thorne. It meets the A1(M) at junction 2 (A1(M) junction 35)--known as the Wadworth Interchange—and the M180 motorway at junction 5. Access to Doncaster is provided from junctions 3 (A6182) and 4 (A630)

Much of the M18 is a two lane dual carriageway, and carries relatively low volumes of traffic. However, the section linking the M1 and A1(M) is much busier and has three lanes in each direction. It then passes over the Wadworth Viaduct. To the north it then crosses the East Coast Main Line, and until its closure and the dismantling of the pit head gear, a large colliery could be seen to the south at Rossington.

Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme[edit]

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is a new road scheme[1] which will run from the M18 at Junction 3 to Robin Hood Airport, improving access primarily to the Airport but also to Rossington and the new Doncaster iPort. Work started in 2013 and the road is due to become operational in 2016.

The road will run, at first as a dual carriageway and then as single carriageway from the M18 junction 3 to Parrots Corner and the A638, where it will terminate and travellers will need to follow existing roads (A638 and Hurst Lane) to the airport itself.

Work is due to start on 20 June 2014 to upgrade the section of the M18 between junction 2 (A1(M)) and junction 3 (A6182) northbound to 3 lanes, in order to provide better access to FARRRS and Doncaster town centre.

History[edit]

  • Junction 1 to Junction 2 opened in 1967
  • Junction 5 to Junction 6 opened in 1972
  • Junction 6 to Junction 7 opened in 1975
  • Junction 4 to Junction 5 opened in 1977
  • Junction 2 to Junction 4 opened in 1979

The M18 was originally to be part of the M1, but it was decided to route the M1 towards Leeds instead of Doncaster, and the routing of what would have been the M1 east of Sheffield became the M18.[2]

Junctions[edit]

Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information.[3] The location sequence is a continuation of the M1 location sequence.

M18 motorway junctions
miles km Southbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates
156.8 252.4 The South, Nottingham, Sheffield, Rotherham M1 M1, J32 Start of motorway 53°23′51″N 1°16′06″W / 53.39740°N 1.26823°W / 53.39740; -1.26823 (M18, Start of motorway)
158.5 255.1 Rotherham, Bramley, Hellaby A631 J1 Rotherham, Bramley, Hellaby A631 53°25′25″N 1°15′05″W / 53.42365°N 1.25133°W / 53.42365; -1.25133 (M18, Junction 1)
158.5 263.6 The North, The South, Blyth A1(M) J2 The North, The South, Doncaster A1(M) 53°28′46″N 1°08′54″W / 53.47941°N 1.14833°W / 53.47941; -1.14833 (M18, Junction 2)
165.9 267.1 Doncaster A6182 J3 Doncaster A6182 53°29′19″N 1°06′55″W / 53.48861°N 1.11520°W / 53.48861; -1.11520 (M18, Junction 3)
171.8 276.5 Doncaster A630 J4 Hatfield, Thorne A630 53°32′23″N 1°01′19″W / 53.53970°N 1.02199°W / 53.53970; -1.02199 (M18, Junction 4)
175.8 283.0 Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Humberside Airport interchange M180
Doncaster North services
J5
Services
Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Humberside Airport interchange M180
Doncaster North Services
53°35′29″N 0°59′14″W / 53.59144°N 0.98722°W / 53.59144; -0.98722 (M18, Junction 5)
177.8 286.2 Hatfield, Thorne A614 J6 Selby, Thorne A614 53°37′07″N 0°58′40″W / 53.61863°N 0.97770°W / 53.61863; -0.97770 (M18, Junction 6)
Start of motorway J7 Hull, Goole, Leeds, Manchester M62 53°40′39″N 0°57′56″W / 53.67759°N 0.96568°W / 53.67759; -0.96568 (M18, Junction 7)
Notes
  • Distances in kilometres and carriageway identifiers are obtained from driver location signs/location marker posts. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown.
  • Coordinate data from ACME Mapper.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/Images/FARRRS%20leaflet%20web%20version_tcm2-83357.pdf
  2. ^ "The Motorway Archive. M1/M18. Crick to Doncaster". Iht.org. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Traffic England Live Traffic Condiiton Map Highways Agency – Locations extracted from Traffic Camera Popup identifier text

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing