M621 motorway

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M621 motorway
Route information
Length: 7.7 mi (12.4 km)
Existed: 1972 – present
History: Constructed 1972–75
Major junctions
From: Gildersome
  UK-Motorway-M62.svg
M62 motorway
UK-Motorway-M1.svg
M1 motorway
To: Rothwell
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Leeds
Road network

The M621 is a short loop of motorway in England that takes traffic into central Leeds between the M1 and M62 motorways.

History[edit]

The first section of the M621 to open, known at the time as the 'South West Urban Motorway', extends from the M62 to Junction 3 in central Leeds where it used to terminate at a roundabout which was also the terminus of the M1 motorway. This section opened in stages, from the M62 to Junction 1 in 1971, and from Junction 1 to Junction 3 in 1973.[1]

When the M1 was diverted away from Leeds when the 'M1 – A1 Lofthouse to Bramham' extension opened in 1999[2] adjustments were made to Junction 3 and the Leeds section of the M1 was re-designated as M621 (Junctions 3–7).[1]

Junctions[edit]

M621 junction 4 sliproad at Hunslet.
M621 motorway junctions
Eastbound exits Junction Westbound exits Coordinates
Start of motorway M62, J27 Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool M62
Batley, Dewsbury A62
53°44′49″N 1°38′44″W / 53.74699°N 1.64555°W / 53.74699; -1.64555 (M621, Start of motorway)
Farnley, White Rose Centre A6110 J1 Farnley, White Rose Centre A6110 53°46′31″N 1°34′55″W / 53.77540°N 1.58195°W / 53.77540; -1.58195 (M621, Junction 1)
Armley, Elland Road A643 J2 Armley, Elland Road A643 53°46′48″N 1°34′06″W / 53.78001°N 1.56838°W / 53.78001; -1.56838 (M621, Junction 2)
No access J2a Holbeck 53°47′00″N 1°33′19″W / 53.78334°N 1.55534°W / 53.78334; -1.55534 (M621, Junction 2a)
City Centre A653 J3 City Centre A653 53°47′05″N 1°32′49″W / 53.78460°N 1.54701°W / 53.78460; -1.54701 (M621, Junction 3)
Hunslet (A61) J4 Hunslet (A61) 53°46′51″N 1°32′21″W / 53.78083°N 1.53916°W / 53.78083; -1.53916 (M621, Junction 4)
No access J5 Beeston 53°46′29″N 1°32′24″W / 53.77466°N 1.53989°W / 53.77466; -1.53989 (M621, Junction 5)
Belle Isle, Leeds, Middleton, Leeds J6 No access 53°46′14″N 1°32′03″W / 53.77045°N 1.53427°W / 53.77045; -1.53427 (M621, Junction 6)
Stourton (M1 North, A1) A639 J7 Stourton, Leeds (East) A639 53°46′03″N 1°30′52″W / 53.76754°N 1.51457°W / 53.76754; -1.51457 (M621, Junction 7)
The South, London, Wakefield M1 M1, J43 Start of motorway 53°45′07″N 1°30′59″W / 53.75196°N 1.51633°W / 53.75196; -1.51633 (M621, Start of motorway)

Gallery[edit]

M1 and M621 interchange
A view of central Leeds from the M621, Junction 6
Looking north east with Leeds in the distance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "M621 motorway". CBRD. 
  2. ^ "M1 – A1 Lofthouse to Bramham". Highways Agency. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing