The M60 orbits the urban core of Greater Manchester, highlighted in red on the map
|Part of E20 / E22|
|Maintained by Highways Agency|
|Length:||35 mi (56 km)
7 miles (11 km) are part of the M62 motorway
|History:||1960-2000 (opened in sections as M62, M63 and M66, renumbered M60 in 2000)|
|Orbital around Greater Manchester|
J24 → M67
|Major cities:||Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside|
The M60 motorway, Manchester Ring Motorway, or Manchester Outer Ring Road, is an orbital motorway in Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. Built over a 40-year period, it passes through all Greater Manchester's metropolitan boroughs except for Wigan and Bolton. Most of the City of Manchester is encompassed within the motorway, except for the southernmost part of the city (primarily the Wythenshawe area and Manchester Airport).
The M60 is 36.1 miles long and was renamed the M60 in 2000, with part of the M62 and all of the M63 being amalgamated into the new route. The road forms part of the unsigned Euroroutes E20 and E22.
During 2008, the M60 was proposed as a cordon for congestion charging in Greater Manchester, although this was rejected in a referendum relating to the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund. The M60 is the only true orbital motorway in the United Kingdom, as the M25 motorway in London is not, due to the Dartford Crossing being designated the A282.
The M60 was developed by connecting and consolidating the existing motorway sections of the M63, M62, and an extended M66. It came into existence as the M60 in 2000, with the completion of the eastern side (Junctions 19-24) opening in October.
The original plan called for a completely new motorway, but policy change led to the plan which created the current motorway. As soon as it opened, the motorway got close to its projected maximum volume on significant sections.
As an orbital motorway, it is equivalent to London's M25 motorway; unlike the M25, the M60 forms a complete loop. In 2004, a section of the northern M60 was the UK's busiest stretch of road, with an average of 181,000 vehicles per day using the stretch between junctions 16 and 17. Usually, the western side of the M25 motorway holds that distinction, but the M25's figures at the time were lower than normal due to roadworks starting.
In 2006 the section between junctions 5 and 6 was widened from three to four lanes each way and the section between junctions 6 and 8 was widened from two to three lanes each way with an additional two-lane collector/distributor road on either side of the main carriageways. Access for junctions 6 to 8 is only from the collector/distributor road. Some of the junctions were extensively re-modelled. As part of the project, the A6144(M) motorway, which connected to the M60 at junction 8, was downgraded and lost its motorway status.
The Greater Manchester congestion charge which would have affected drivers only during peak times coming off the M60 towards Manchester was rejected by a referendum on 12 December 2008.
Work to upgrade two sections of the M60 to a managed motorway system will commence in 2013. This will include a new lane from junction 12 to 15 and a new lane from junction 8 to 12 near the Trafford Centre.
|M60 motorway genealogy|
|J1 – J12||M63 motorway|
|J12 – J18||M62 motorway|
|J18 – J19||M66 motorway|
|J19 – J23||Always part of the M60|
|J23 – J25||M66 motorway|
|J25 – J1||M63 motorway|
Each motorway in England requires that a Statutory Instrument be published, detailing the route of the road, before it can be built. The dates given on these Statutory Instruments relate to when the document was published, and not when the road was built. Provided below is an incomplete list of the Statutory Instruments relating to the route of the M60.
- Statutory Instrument 1988 No. 1708: M66 Motorway (Manchester Ring Road, Denton to Middleton Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 S.I. 1988/1708
- Statutory Instrument 1988 No. 1728: M66 Motorway (Middleton to the Lancashire/Yorkshire Motorway (M62) Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 S.I. 1988/1728
- Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 363: M66 Motorway (Manchester Outer Ring Road, Denton to Middleton Section) A663 Broadway All-Purpose Connecting Road Order 1993 S.I. 1993/363
- Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 364: M66 Motorway (Manchester Outer Ring Road, Denton to Middleton Section) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1988 Amendment Scheme 1993 S.I. 1993/364
- Statutory Instrument 1999 No. 2724: The M60 Motorway (Improvement Between Junctions 5 and 8) Connecting Roads Scheme 1999 S.I. 1999/2724
- Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 2403: The M60 Motorway (Junction 25) (Speed Limit) Regulations 2002 S.I. 2002/2403
The junctions on the M60 are very closely spaced together, with an average distance of 1.3 miles between junctions. The recommended junction spacing for motorways is 1 every 10–20 miles. By comparison, the M6 motorway has an average distance of 5.3 miles between junctions.
|mile||km||Anti-clockwise exits - "B" Carriageway||Junction||Clockwise exits - "A" Carriageway|
|0.0||0.0||Stockport A5145||J1||Stockport A5145|
|1.5||2.4||Cheadle A560||J2||No access|
|Cheadle, Wilmslow A34||J3||Cheadle, Wilmslow A34|
|Cheadle, Wilmslow A34||J4||Chester, Warrington, Manchester Airport M56, Birmingham (M6)|
Manchester, Knutsford (A556), Chester (M56)
|J5||Manchester, Didsbury A5103|
|6.0||9.7||Sale A6144||J6||Sale A6144|
|6.8||10.9||Altrincham A56||J7||Altrincham, Stretford A56|
|7.5||12.0||Carrington A6144||J8||Carrington A6144|
|9.3||15.0||Trafford Park, Trafford Centre A5081||J9||Trafford Park, Trafford Centre, Urmston A5081|
|10.3||16.5||Trafford Park B5214||J10||Trafford Park B5214|
|11.4||18.4||Irlam, Eccles A57||J11||Irlam, Eccles A57|
|12.2||19.7||Warrington, Liverpool M62
|J12||Warrington, Liverpool M62
Worsley, Leigh A575
|14.1||22.7||St. Helens, Leigh A580||J14||No access|
|Bolton, Wigan, Preston M61||J15||Bolton, Wigan, Preston M61|
|16.3||26.2||Salford, Pendlebury, Kearsley A666||J16||No access|
|18.5||29.7||Whitefield, Manchester, Prestwich A56||J17||Prestwich, Whitefield A56|
|19.8||31.8||Leeds, Bolton, Preston, Liverpool M62
Bury, Burnley M66
|21.0||33.8||Middleton, Manchester A576||J19||Middleton, Manchester A576|
|22.6||36.4||No access||J20||Blackley, Moston A664|
|24.7||39.8||Oldham, Failsworth A663||J21||Oldham, Failsworth A663|
|26.3||42.3||Oldham, Failsworth A62||J22||Oldham, Failsworth A62|
|28.6||46.0||Ashton-under-Lyne A635||J23||Ashton-under-Lyne A635|
Sheffield M67 Denton Island
|Bredbury A560||J25||Bredbury A560|
|No access||J26||Stockport A560|
|Stockport East (multiple roads)||J27||No access|
|36.1||58.1||Road continues to J1|
- "M60 Motorway". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "M60". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
- http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_transstats/documents/downloadable/dft_transstats_038887.pdf dft.gov.uk
- "Speech by Minister of State for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, delivered at the opening ceremony of the widened M60 junction 5-8". Department For Transport. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
- "M60 Junctions 8-12 Managed Motorways". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "M60 Junctions 15-12 Lane Gain". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Traffic England Live Traffic Condition Map". Locations extracted from Traffic Camera Popup identifier text. Highways Agency. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
Hyde, M., O'Rourke, A. and Portland, P. Around the M60: Manchester's Orbital Motorway. Altrincham: AMCD Publishers, 2004.