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M62 shield
Lancashire-Yorkshire Motorway
M62 J22 from Pennine Way.JPG
Looking east at junction 22, the highest point on the English motorway network, from the Pennine Way, in May 2010
Route information
Part of E20 and E22
Maintained by
National Highways
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Liverpool City Council
Length107 mi[1] (172 km)
7 miles (11 km) are part of the M60 motorway
HistoryOpened: 1960
Completed: 1976
Major junctions
West endLiverpool
Major intersections
J6 → M57 motorway

J10 → M6 motorway
J12 → M60 motorway/M602 motorway
J18 → M60 motorway/M66 motorway

J20 → A627(M) motorway

J26 → M606 motorway

J27 → M621 motorway

J29 → M1 motorway

J32a → A1(M) motorway

J35 → M18 motorway
East endNorth Cave
CountryUnited Kingdom
CountiesMerseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire
Road network
M61 M65

The M62 is a 107-mile-long (172 km) west–east trans-Pennine motorway in Northern England, connecting Liverpool and Hull via Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield; 7 miles (11 km) of the route is shared with the M60 orbital motorway around Manchester. The road is part of the unsigned Euroroutes E20 (Shannon to Saint Petersburg) and E22 (Holyhead to Ishim).

The motorway, which was first proposed in the 1930s, and conceived as two separate routes, was opened in stages between 1971 and 1976, with construction beginning at Pole Moor near Huddersfield and finishing at that time in Tarbock on the outskirts of Liverpool. The motorway absorbed the northern end of the Stretford-Eccles bypass, which was built between 1957 and 1960. Adjusted for inflation to 2007, its construction cost approximately £765 million. The motorway has an average daily traffic flow of 144,000 vehicles in West Yorkshire, and has several sections prone to gridlock, in particular, between Leeds and Huddersfield and the M60 section around Eccles. The M62 coach bombing of 1974 and the Great Heck rail crash of 2001 are the largest incidents to have occurred on the motorway.

Stott Hall Farm, situated between the carriageways on the Pennine section, has become one of the best-known sights on the motorway. The M62 has no junctions numbered 1, 2 or 3, or even an officially numbered 4, because it was intended to start in Liverpool proper, not in its outskirts.

Between Liverpool and Manchester, and east of Leeds, the terrain along which the road passes is relatively flat. Between Manchester and Leeds it traverses the Pennines and its foothills, rising to 1,221 feet (372 m) above sea level slightly east of junction 22 in Calderdale, not far from the boundary between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.


The motorway's origins are found in the 1930s, when the need for a route between Lancashire and Yorkshire had been agreed after discussion by their county highway authorities.[2] At the same time, it was envisaged that a route between Liverpool and Hull was needed to connect the ports to industrial Yorkshire.[3]

After the Second World War, the Minister of Transport appointed engineers to inspect road standards between the A580 East Lancashire Road in Swinton and the A1 road near Selby.[3] The 1949 Road Plan for South Lancashire identified the need to upgrade the A580 to dual carriageway with grade separation and provide bypasses at Huyton and Cadishead.[4] In 1952, the route for a trans-Pennine motorway, the Lancashire–Yorkshire Motorway, was laid down, with Ferrybridge at the eastern terminus rather than Selby.[3] By the 1960s, the proposed A580 upgrade to dual carriageway was considered inadequate, and there was an urgent need to link Liverpool to the motorway network.[4]

The route of the Lancashire-Yorkshire motorway was considered inadequate as it failed to cater for several industrial towns in Yorkshire.[3] When James Drake visited the United States in 1962, his experience of the Interstate Highway System led him to conclude that the Merseyside Expressway, planned to run between Liverpool and the M6, would need to be extended to the Stretford-Eccles Bypass and beyond, to create a continuous motorway between Liverpool and Ferrybridge (a link between Ferrybridge and Hull was not considered until 1964).[5] Initially the plans were unpopular and not supported by the Ministry of Transport, but the scheme was added to the Road Plan in 1963.[4]


Formal planning began on Wednesday 12 July 1961, when Ernest Marples authorised the two surveyors of Lancashire and the West Riding - Sir James Drake of Lancashire and Stuart Maynard Lovell of the West Riding, to plan a 50-mile (80 km) motorway from Worsley, in Lancashire, to Ledsham (now the Selby Fork) in the West Riding. From either end, the plan was that there would be 'improved roads' from the eastern end, at the Selby Fork, eastwards to Hull, and 'improved roads' from the western end, at Worsley (now the Worsley Braided Interchange), westwards to Liverpool.[6]


Liverpool to Worsley[edit]

It was the intention to build an urban motorway in Liverpool.[7] The M62 was intended to terminate at Liverpool's Inner Motorway, which was not built. The proposed route would have followed the railway into Liverpool as far as Edge Hill, with junctions at Rathbone Road and Durning Road where it would drop to two lanes before terminating at the Islington Radial.[8] Difficulties arose building the Liverpool urban motorway resulting in delays, with the section between Tarbock and Liverpool the last to be completed in 1976. In total, two viaducts, ten bridges and seven underpasses were constructed to secure the structural integrity of the surrounding residential areas. The motorway was constructed only as far as the Queens Drive inner ring road, which is junction 4.[4]

The section west of Manchester was intended to be a separate motorway, the M52 to link Liverpool and Salford, but a continuous motorway between Leeds and Liverpool was deemed more feasible,[9][10] Construction between Liverpool and Manchester started in 1971, with the construction of a link between the M57 and M6 motorways.[4] Simultaneously, a contract to link the M6 with Manchester was underway, which required land drainage and the removal of unsuitable earth. This section was completed in August 1974, creating a continuous link between Ferrybridge and Tarbock.

Greater Manchester[edit]

Construction starting in Milnrow, July 1968

Two motorways were planned, the M52 from Liverpool to Salford and the M62 to link Pole Moor with the Stretford–Eccles Bypass.[9] The first part of the M62 to be built was the Stretford–Eccles Bypass, which is now the section between Junctions 7 to 13 of the M60.[11] Construction started in 1957, and the motorway opened in 1960. It was originally built as a two-lane motorway only. It was later re-numbered M63.[12] The section of the planned M52 between the interchange with the Stretford-Eccles Bypass and Salford opened as the M602 motorway in 1971.

The Eccles–Pole Moor section of the M62 opened in 1971.[13][14] Between Eccles and Pole Moor, 67 motorway crossings were required, including seven viaducts and eight junctions.[4] Much of the Worsley Braided Interchange was built on undeveloped mossland where deep peat deposits had been covered with waste. Between Worsley and Milnrow, some underlying coal seams were still actively worked when the motorway was constructed and allowances had to be made to counteract possible future subsidence.[15] The motorway crosses the Irwell Valley and the Pendleton Fault[16] on a 200-foot (61 m) single-span bridge 65 feet (20 m) above the river.[17]

Milnrow to Outlane[edit]

M62 Summit sign in July 2017

Surveying for the Pennine section began in November 1961 and its route was determined in July 1963.[18] Construction between Windy Hill and Pole Moor was difficult through inhospitable hilly terrain, peat bog, and in undesirable weather conditions. The motorway's highest point, 1,221 feet (372 m) above sea level at Windy Hill near Denshaw (53°37′47″N 2°01′07″W / 53.62982°N 2.018561°W / 53.62982; -2.018561 (Windy Hill)) is the highest point of any motorway in England.[19]

A notable structure between junctions 21 and 22 on the uphill section towards Windy Hill is the Rakewood Viaduct which carries the road over the Longden End Brook.[20]

The first section of the motorway in Yorkshire was completed between the county boundary at Windy Hill and Outlane in 1970.[1][21] To build this section, 12,000,000 cubic yards (9,200,000 m3) of material was moved, 8,000,000 cubic yards (6,100,000 m3) of which was solid rock and 650,000 cubic yards (500,000 m3) of peat which had to be cut from the rock strata and deposited on adjacent hillsides. The geology of the moors resulted in the engineers splitting the carriageways for 34 mile (1.2 km) in the middle of this section, sparing Stott Hall Farm from demolition.[21][22] The farm, which was built in the 18th century, remains the only one situated in the middle of a UK motorway.[23]

Stott Hall Farm, viewed from moorland above westbound carriageway in August 2009

The motorway crosses Scammonden Dam on an embankment between junctions 22 and 23. Preparatory work in the Deanhead Valley began in August 1964 and the dam in 1966. The motorway's opening on 20 December 1970 was dependent on completion of the dam.[24] Two other notable constructions on the Pennine section are the pedestrian bridge carrying the Pennine Way, which is curved downwards with 85-foot (26 m) long cantilevers, and Scammonden Bridge, the longest single-span non-suspension bridge in the world when it was built.[21][25] It carries a B road 120 feet (37 m) above the motorway.[21] The 1-mile (1.6 km) section between Pole Moor and Outlane suffered fewer problems as the summer weather was satisfactory.[26]

Southerly view from Booth Moor, Calderdale, of the M62 motorway from Scammonden Bridge to Windy Hill. Stott Hall Farm can be seen between the east and westbound carriageways in July 2010

Outlane to Lofthouse[edit]

Stationary traffic at Lofthouse Interchange in March 2008

The section of the motorway between Gildersome and Lofthouse was built at the same time, resulting in the demolition of a significant proportion of the village of Tingley to build the eponymous interchange.[1]

Lofthouse Interchange was built between 1965 and 1967. Owen Williams and the Babtie Group were the engineers. Located where the M62 crosses above the M1 motorway, it is a complex three-level junction with eight bridges including a roundabout supported by four long curved bridges on 12-metre (39 ft) piers above both motorways. The roundabout's north and south bridges have spans of 28 m (92 ft) and the east and west have spans of 21 m (69 ft). The M62 overbridge has a reinforced concrete multi-cellular deck of four spans. Two other pre-stressed reinforced concrete bridges carry slip roads over Longthorpe Lane, the B6135. Another bridge with no motorway access carries Longthorpe Lane over the M1.[27]

Two skew tunnels were constructed beneath the original junction between 1996 and 1999. The tunnels, constructed using the cut-and-cover method, are for traffic travelling between the M1 south-bound and the M62 west. The tunnel under the M62 is 147 m (482 ft) in length.[27]

East of Lofthouse[edit]

The Ouse Bridge, from the floodplain adjacent to the river in April 2002

Two contracts were awarded for the section between Lofthouse and Ferrybridge in 1972, and both were completed in 1974.[28][29] On the first contract, care was needed at the River Calder crossing due to the alluvial bedrock. On the second contract precautions were taken as the length was built on old coal mine workings.

The section between Ferrybridge and North Cave was the last to be planned[5] and built.[13] The Ouse Bridge, across the River Ouse west of Goole, commenced in January 1973 and is nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) long and rises to 98.4 feet (30.0 m) above ground level. Completion of the bridge was delayed due to "steel supplies [being] a chronic headache" and a partial collapse of the framework caused by bolts joining a cross-beam to a trestle shearing.[5] Problems with the bridge delayed the opening of the section east of Goole to May 1976.[5][13]


Junction 32a during construction in September 2005

In 1987, the Department of Transport proposed a parallel relief road to combat congestion around Manchester. It would have been restricted to long-distance traffic, and the current route, part of the Manchester Outer Ring Road (later the M60), used for local traffic. The proposal suggested the closure of junction 13. The proposal was designated a "long term" improvement in 1994, and cancelled on 23 November 1995.[30]

In 1998, the section between Eccles Interchange and Simister Interchange (junctions 12 to 18) was designated the M60.[31] Since then, two junctions were opened—in December 2002, the missing junction 8 was opened to allow access to the A574 and the Omega Development Site,[32] while in January 2006, junction 32a was opened to link to the upgraded A1(M).[33] The UK's first motorway high-occupancy vehicle lane was opened at junction 26 in 2008 for eastbound traffic from the M606 with more than one occupant.[34]

Smart motorway[edit]

Pre-2009 proposals to widen the motorway between junctions 25 and 28 to four lanes were withdrawn in January 2009 and replaced by a project to install hard shoulder running and a smart motorway system between junctions 25 and 30.[35] Work started in 2014 to install the system around the M62 – M60 section.[36]


1999–2006 traffic flow graph

The section between junctions 18 (with the M60) and 29 (with the M1) through Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire has been identified as one of the most congested roads in Britain.[37][38] The motorway provides a direct link between three of the five largest metro areas in England, and is the most practical route for HGVs and other commercial traffic between Manchester and Leeds. There are a significant amount of warehouses in these urban areas, which require commercial delivery to the ports at Merseyside and around the Humber, all of which are transported via the M62.[37]

Annual average daily traffic flows of 100,000 cars were recorded east of the Pennines (junction 22) in 2006 and 78,000 cars west of the Pennines.[39] The figures were increases from 90,000 and 70,000 respectively in 1999.[40] By way of comparison, the UK's busiest motorway, the M25 carried 144,000 cars between junctions 7 and 23 in 2006.[39]

Major incidents[edit]

On 4 February 1974, a bomb was detonated on a coach travelling between Chain Bar (junction 26) and Gildersome (junction 27). The coach was transporting off-duty army personnel and their family members. Twelve people were killed and 38 were injured. Hartshead Moor services was used as a makeshift hospital and base for investigations.[41] The Provisional Irish Republican Army was deemed responsible.[41][42] A memorial to the victims was erected at Hartshead Moor services in 2009.[43]

The Selby rail crash happened on 28 February 2001, at 06:13 after Gary Hart, a sleep-deprived driver, swerved off the M62 onto the East Coast Main Line near Selby. While he was calling the emergency services, a GNER southbound train collided with his Land Rover and derailed into the path of an oncoming freight train. Ten people were killed, including the drivers of both trains, and 82 others were injured.[44] Hart was later convicted of ten counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and was sentenced to five years in prison.[45]

On 1 March 2018, a Highways England car fire in severe weather conditions (the beast from the East) caused up to 3,500 vehicles to become trapped on the eastbound Pennine section between junctions 20 and 24. Up to 200 people spent the night in their vehicles. The military, mountain rescue, fire services and Highways England worked alongside the police through the night to ensure people's safety. Members of the public who lived in Milnrow and Newhey climbed up onto the motorway with food and drinks for the trapped people in their cars and trucks. A barrier between the carriageways was removed to facilitate moving most of the vehicles. The road remained closed the next day due to the weather conditions.[46][47]


The M62's route in relation to the four major cities it serves: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull

In addition to passing Warrington, Manchester, Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield, the towns of Huyton, St Helens, Widnes, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Pontefract, Selby and Goole are designated primary destinations along the road. Many of the professional and semi-professional teams playing rugby league in England are connected by the M62 motorway and so the term M62 corridor is sometimes used to refer to the area where rugby league is most popular.[48] The motorway was depicted in a BBC trailer for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.[49]

The M62 is a terminus to two motorways: the M57 near Prescot and the M18 near Rawcliffe; and has four spur routes: the M602, which serves Manchester, the A627(M), which serves Oldham and Rochdale, the M606, which serves Bradford, and the M621, which serves Leeds.

Despite Hull being listed as a primary destination,[50] the motorway downgrades near North Cave, 16 miles (26 km) to the west.[1][51]

The western end of the motorway is at Queen's Drive, on Liverpool's middle ring road from where it runs eastward to the outer ring road, the M57. The route has four exits for Warrington: junction 7, an interchange with the A57 road, junction 8, which also houses IKEA, junction 9, which interchanges with the A49 road, which was intended to be a motorway, and junction 11. Between these is junction 10, which is a cloverstack interchange with the M6. The M62 crosses Chat Moss before interchanging with the M60 motorway. Owing to the original plan to extend this section of the motorway into Manchester, motorists must turn off to stay on (a TOTSO) the route into Yorkshire.

In Greater Manchester, the motorway shares seven junctions, 12 to 18, with the M60 motorway. Junction 13, signposted Leigh, is situated 12 mile (0.80 km) from junction 12, leaving exiting motorists the hazard of crossing the still-merging M62 traffic.[52] Worsley Braided Interchange serves Junctions 14 and 15 and Junctions 1 to 3 of the M61 which terminates to Preston.

M62 passes Scammonden Water in West Yorkshire

Between junction 21 and junction 22, the motorway has four lanes eastbound to climb Windy Hill,[53] before crossing the border into Yorkshire and interchanging with the rural A672 road, reaching the highest point of any motorway in England 1,221 feet (372 m).[19] There is then a 7-mile (11 km) travel through the Pennines to the next junction, passing Scammonden Reservoir and Stott Hall Farm. The next junction is 23, which is accessible only for westbound traffic. After this, the road dips through a valley to junction 24 and drops slowly before interchanging with the A644 road at junction 25. Between junctions 22 and 25, the road is used as a border between the metropolitan boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees.[54]

At junction 26, Chain Bar, the motorway interchanges with several roads: the M606, a spur into Bradford, the A58 road, which runs between Prescot and Wetherby, and the A638 road, which runs to Doncaster, then follows the old route of the A1 through Bawtry and Retford, to Markham Moor where it rejoins the A1. The next junction also serves a spur route: the M621 motorway, before bypassing Leeds to the south to the interchange with the M1 motorway, Lofthouse Interchange, at junction 29. East of Leeds, the motorway serves Wakefield at junction 30 and crosses by the River Calder. At junction 32a, the road is crossed by the A1(M) motorway, which also runs parallel to it for a short distance. The next junction 33 serves the A162 and A1 roads, and Ferrybridge service station. After Ferrybridge, the motorway becomes relatively flat. At junction 35, the motorway meets with the northern terminus of the M18 at a triangle (semi-directioinal-T) interchange. Soon after, there is a 1-mile (1.6 km) bridge that crosses the River Ouse. For approximately 10 miles (16 km) after this, the road runs towards Hull, serving Howden and North Cave, before downgrading to the A63 road.


County Location mi km Junction Destinations Notes
Merseyside Liverpool 0 0 4 A5080  - Central Liverpool Road continues West as A5080
[coord 1]
1.2 2.0 5 A5080  - Central Liverpool, Huyton [coord 2]
3.9 6.2 6 A5080  - Widnes, Huyton
M57  - Aintree, Widnes
[coord 3]
Rainhill 6.6 10.6 7 A57  - Rainhill, Warrington
A570  - St Helens
A557  - Widnes
[coord 4]
Cheshire Warrington 10.7 17.3 8 Burtonwood Rd - Great Sankey
Burtonwood services
[coord 5]
12.8 20.7 9 A49  - Winwick, Central Warrington [coord 6]
14.6 23.5 10 M6  - Preston, Lancaster, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham [coord 7]
17.0 27.3 11 A574  - Birchwood [coord 8]
Greater Manchester 23.6 37.9 12 M60  - Stockport, Trafford Park
M602  - Central Manchester
Road continues North as M60 until M60 junction 18
[coord 9]
concurrency with the M60
Greater Manchester 31.1 50.0 18 M60  - Ashton under Lyne
M66  - Bury
Road continues from M60 junction 18
[coord 10]
Middleton 32.8 52.8 Birch Services [coord 11]
34.0 54.7 19 A6046  - Middleton, Heywood [coord 12]
Rochdale 36.2 58.3 20 A627(M)  - Oldham, Rochdale [coord 13]
38.3 61.7 21 A640  - Newhey, Milnrow
A6193  - Rochdale
[coord 14]
West Yorkshire 42.9 69.1 22 A672  - Oldham, Halifax [coord 15]
Huddersfield 50.1 80.6 23 A640  - Outlane, Huddersfield
A643  - Brighouse
No Eastbound entrance or Westbound exit
[coord 16]
51.5 82.9 24 A643  - Brighouse
A629  - Halifax, Huddersfield
[coord 17]
55.3 89.0 25 A644  - Dewsbury, Brighouse [coord 18]
Cleckheaton 56.7 91.3 Hartshead Moor services [coord 19]
58.6 94.3 26 M606  - Bradford
A58  - Halifax, Leeds
A638  - Liversedge
[coord 20]
Leeds 62.6 100.8 27 M621  - Leeds
A650  - Morley, Tingley, Bradford
A62  - Birstall, Leeds
[coord 21]
65.7 105.7 28 A650  - Morley, Tingley
A653  - Leeds, Dewsbury
[coord 22]
68.4 110.1 29 M1  - Sheffield, London, Leeds [coord 23]
70.6 113.7 30 A642  - Oulton, Wakefield [coord 24]
Castleford 73.7 118.7 31 A655  - Wakefield Castleford
Castleford Road - Normanton
[coord 25]
76.5 123.1 32 A639  - Pontefract, Castleford [coord 26]
78.2 125.8 32a A1(M)  - Wetherby, Newcastle upon Tyne, Doncaster, Peterborough, London [coord 27]
Knottingley 79.7 128.3 33 A162  - Knottingley, Tadcaster
Ferrybridge services
[coord 28]
North Yorkshire 84.4 135.8 34 A19  - Eggborough, York, Whitley, Doncaster [coord 29]
East Riding of Yorkshire 92.2 148.4 35 M18  - Doncaster, Sheffield [coord 30]
Goole 95.1 153.0 36 A161  - Goole
A614  - Rawcliffe, Goole
[coord 31]
97.8 157.3 37 A614  - Howden [coord 32]
106.0 170.6 38 A63  - Brough, Hull
B1230 - Newport, North Cave
Road continues as A63
[coord 33]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Coordinate list
  1. ^ 53°24′22″N 2°53′47″W / 53.4060°N 2.8963°W / 53.4060; -2.8963 (Junction 4 of M62)
  2. ^ 53°24′27″N 2°52′02″W / 53.4074°N 2.8671°W / 53.4074; -2.8671 (Junction 5 of M62)
  3. ^ 53°23′54″N 2°48′30″W / 53.3983°N 2.8083°W / 53.3983; -2.8083 (Junction 6 of M62)
  4. ^ 53°24′12″N 2°44′44″W / 53.4033°N 2.7456°W / 53.4033; -2.7456 (Junction 7 of M62)
  5. ^ 53°24′56″N 2°38′48″W / 53.4155°N 2.6467°W / 53.4155; -2.6467 (Junction 8 of M62)
  6. ^ 53°25′22″N 2°35′52″W / 53.4228°N 2.5977°W / 53.4228; -2.5977 (Junction 9 of M62)
  7. ^ 53°25′34″N 2°33′22″W / 53.4260°N 2.5561°W / 53.4260; -2.5561 (Junction 10 of M62)
  8. ^ 53°26′06″N 2°30′00″W / 53.4349°N 2.5000°W / 53.4349; -2.5000 (Junction 11 of M62)
  9. ^ 53°29′15″N 2°22′36″W / 53.4875°N 2.3766°W / 53.4875; -2.3766 (Junction 12 of M62)
  10. ^ 53°32′59″N 2°15′38″W / 53.5498°N 2.2605°W / 53.5498; -2.2605 (Junction 18 of M62)
  11. ^ 53°34′04″N 2°13′53″W / 53.5679°N 2.2314°W / 53.5679; -2.2314 (Birch Services)
  12. ^ 53°34′34″N 2°12′24″W / 53.5762°N 2.2068°W / 53.5762; -2.2068 (Junction 19 of M62)
  13. ^ 53°35′12″N 2°09′28″W / 53.5868°N 2.1578°W / 53.5868; -2.1578 (Junction 20 of M62)
  14. ^ 53°36′06″N 2°06′41″W / 53.6016°N 2.1114°W / 53.6016; -2.1114 (Junction 21 of M62)
  15. ^ 53°37′47″N 2°01′11″W / 53.6297°N 2.0198°W / 53.6297; -2.0198 (Junction 22 of M62)
  16. ^ 53°39′36″N 1°51′41″W / 53.6601°N 1.8613°W / 53.6601; -1.8613 (Junction 23 of M62)
  17. ^ 53°40′18″N 1°50′00″W / 53.6717°N 1.8332°W / 53.6717; -1.8332 (Junction 24 of M62)
  18. ^ 53°41′43″N 1°45′13″W / 53.6953°N 1.7535°W / 53.6953; -1.7535 (Junction 25 of M62)
  19. ^ 53°42′48″N 1°44′44″W / 53.7132°N 1.7455°W / 53.7132; -1.7455 (Hartshead Moor services)
  20. ^ 53°44′12″N 1°43′35″W / 53.7366°N 1.7263°W / 53.7366; -1.7263 (Junction 26 of M62)
  21. ^ 53°44′51″N 1°38′16″W / 53.7476°N 1.6379°W / 53.7476; -1.6379 (Junction 27 of M62)
  22. ^ 53°44′01″N 1°34′35″W / 53.7335°N 1.5765°W / 53.7335; -1.5765 (Junction 28 of M62)
  23. ^ 53°43′51″N 1°30′42″W / 53.7308°N 1.5118°W / 53.7308; -1.5118 (Junction 29 of M62)
  24. ^ 53°43′42″N 1°27′30″W / 53.7284°N 1.4582°W / 53.7284; -1.4582 (Junction 30 of M62)
  25. ^ 53°42′32″N 1°23′45″W / 53.7089°N 1.3957°W / 53.7089; -1.3957 (Junction 31 of M62)
  26. ^ 53°42′30″N 1°19′52″W / 53.7082°N 1.3311°W / 53.7082; -1.3311 (Junction 32 of M62)
  27. ^ 53°42′42″N 1°17′26″W / 53.7116°N 1.2906°W / 53.7116; -1.2906 (Junction 32a of M62)
  28. ^ 53°41′45″N 1°16′03″W / 53.6957°N 1.2675°W / 53.6957; -1.2675 (Junction 33 of M62)
  29. ^ 53°41′37″N 1°09′19″W / 53.6937°N 1.1553°W / 53.6937; -1.1553 (Junction 34 of M62)
  30. ^ 53°41′00″N 0°58′07″W / 53.6833°N 0.9687°W / 53.6833; -0.9687 (Junction 35 of M62)
  31. ^ 53°42′22″N 0°54′36″W / 53.7060°N 0.9099°W / 53.7060; -0.9099 (Junction 36 of M62)
  32. ^ 53°44′04″N 0°51′58″W / 53.7344°N 0.8660°W / 53.7344; -0.8660 (Junction 37 of M62)
  33. ^ 53°46′16″N 0°40′36″W / 53.7711°N 0.6768°W / 53.7711; -0.6768 (Junction 38 of M62)
M62 motorway junctions
mile km Westbound exits (B Carriageway) Junction Eastbound exits (A Carriageway)
No access (on-slip only) J4 Knotty Ash, Childwall, Broadgreen , A5080
Non-motorway traffic
End of motorway
Road continues as
A5080 towards Liverpool
Start of motorway
Knotty Ash, Huyton A5080 J5 Huyton A5080
7.9 12.7 Liverpool (S) & Airport interchange A5300, Huyton A5080
Southport M57
J6 Prescot M57, Runcorn, M56 A5300
10.2 16.5 Widnes A557, Prescot A57, St. Helens A570 J7 St. Helens A570, Warrington A57, Widnes A557
Entering Merseyside Entering Cheshire
14.5 23.3 Warrington (West) (A574)
Burtonwood services
Warrington (West) (A574)
Burtonwood services
16.6 26.7 Warrington, Newton A49 J9 Warrington (Central), Newton A49
Start of variable speed limit
18.1 29.1 End of variable speed limit J10 Preston M6(N)
Birmingham, Manchester (S) & Airport interchange M6(S)
Birmingham, Chester (M56) M6(S)
Preston M6(N)
20.7 33.4 Warrington (East), Birchwood A574 J11 Warrington (East), Birchwood A574
Entering Cheshire Entering Greater Manchester
26.9 43.3 Start of motorway J12 Manchester Airport interchange M60(S&E)
Manchester City Centre, Salford M602
Concurrency with M60
35.1 56.5 Ring Road (E & S), Manchester (E & C), Manchester Airport interchange M60(E)
Blackburn, Bury M66
J18 Start of motorway
37.8 60.9 Birch services Services Birch services
40.1 64.5 Middleton, Heywood A6046 J19 Middleton, Heywood A6046
42.5 68.4 Start of variable speed limit J20 Rochdale, Oldham A627(M)
Rochdale, Oldham A627(M) End of variable speed limit
43.7 70.3 Milnrow, Shaw (A640) J21 Milnrow, Shaw (A640)
Rakewood Viaduct
Entering Greater Manchester Entering West Yorkshire
46.8 75.4 Saddleworth A672 J22 Ripponden, Saddleworth A672, Sowerby Bridge (A58)
54.0 86.9 No access (on-slip only) J23 Huddersfield (West) A640
55.5 89.4 Huddersfield, Halifax A629 J24 Huddersfield, Halifax A629
59.1 95.2 End of variable speed limit J25 Brighouse, Dewsbury A644
Huddersfield (A62), Brighouse A644 Start of variable speed limit
60.6 97.7 Hartshead Moor services Services Hartshead Moor services
62.5 100.7 Halifax A58
Bradford M606
J26 Cleckheaton A638
Bradford, Leeds Bradford Airport interchange M606
66.5 107.1 Batley A62 J27 Batley A62
Leeds M621
69.7 112.2 Leeds, Leeds/Bradford Airport interchange, Dewsbury A653 J28 Dewsbury A653
72.3 116.5 The SOUTH M1(S)
Leeds (M621) M1(N)
J29 The NORTH, Leeds M1(N)
The SOUTH, Wakefield M1(S)
Start of variable speed limit J30 Rothwell, Wakefield A642
Wakefield, Rothwell A642 End of variable speed limit
77.7 125.2 Normanton, Castleford A655 J31 Castleford, Normanton A655
80.5 129.7 Pontefract, Castleford A639 J32 Pontefract, Castleford A639
The NORTH, Wetherby A1(M) J32A The NORTH, The SOUTH A1(M)
84.7 136.4 The SOUTH A1, Pontefract A645
Ferrybridge services
J33 Ferrybridge A162
Ferrybridge services
Entering West Yorkshire Entering North Yorkshire
Selby, Doncaster A19 J34 Selby, Doncaster A19
Entering North Yorkshire Entering East Riding of Yorkshire
The SOUTH, Doncaster M18, Scunthorpe, Humberside Airport interchange, Doncaster Sheffield Airport interchange (M180) J35 The SOUTH M18, Scunthorpe, Humberside Airport interchange, Doncaster Sheffield Airport interchange (M180)
Goole A614 J36 Goole A614
Ouse Bridge
Howden A614, Selby (A63) J37 Bridlington, York, Howden A614
Start of motorway J38 North Cave, Gilberdyke
Newport B1230
Non-motorway traffic
End of motorway
Road continues as
A63 towards Hull
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Data from driver location signs is used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information.[55][56]



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  • Johnson, E. Peter (1972). The Trans-Pennine Motorway M62. Dalesman. ISBN 0-85206-161-7.

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