M18 motorway (Great Britain)

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

UK-Motorway-M18

M18
M18 motorway (Great Britain) map
Route information
Part of and
Length26.5 mi (42.6 km)
Existed1967–present
HistoryConstructed 1967–79
Major junctions
FromThurcroft
53°22′52″N 1°16′43″W / 53.3811°N 1.2785°W
 
Junction 32.svg UK-Motorway-M1.svg
M1 motorway
Junction 2.svg
UK-Motorway-A1 (M)

A1(M) motorway
Junction 5.svg
UK-Motorway-M180

M180 motorway
Junction 7.svg
UK-Motorway-M62

M62 motorway
ToRawcliffe
53°40′57″N 0°58′03″W / 53.6825°N 0.9676°W
Location
Primary
destinations
Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Leeds
Road network
M11M20
M18 Northbound Exit 1 21-02-06
M18 northbound during the 2005–2006 roadworks
Concrete-step-barrier-M18-3
M18 in South Yorkshire

Route

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 M1 to A1(M) section and M180 to M62 section are much busier with three lanes in each direction, and there is a small three lane section northbound between junctions 2 and 3. It passes over the Wadworth Viaduct at junction 2. 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.

History

  • 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.[1] In order to provide better access to Doncaster town centre and the new Great Yorkshire Way to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the section of the M18 between junctions 2 and 3 northbound was upgraded to 3 lanes, between 20 June 2014 and 12 June 2015.[2]

Junctions

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, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Rotherham, Leeds M1 M1, J32 Start of motorway 53°23′51″N 1°16′06″W / 53.39740°N 1.26823°W
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
158.5 263.6 The North, The South, Newark-on-Trent, Leeds, 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
165.9 267.1 Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield Airport interchange A6182
Scunthorpe A18
J3 Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield Airport interchange A6182 53°29′19″N 1°06′55″W / 53.48861°N 1.11520°W
171.8 276.5 Doncaster A630 J4 Hatfield, Thorne A630 53°32′23″N 1°01′19″W / 53.53970°N 1.02199°W
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
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
Start of motorway J7 Hull, Goole, Leeds, Manchester M62 53°40′39″N 0°57′56″W / 53.67759°N 0.96568°W
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

References

  1. ^ "The Motorway Archive. M1/M18. Crick to Doncaster". Iht.org. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ "M18 Junctions 2 to 3 northbound improvement". Highways England. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. ^ Traffic England Live Traffic Condition Map Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Highways Agency – Locations extracted from Traffic Camera Popup identifier text

External links

Route map:

List of M18 roads

This is a list of roads designated M18. Road entries are sorted in the countries alphabetical order.

M-18 road (Bosnia and Herzegovina) a road connecting Sarajevo, Trnovo, Foča and Trebinje

M18 motorway (Great Britain), a road connecting Rotherham and Goole in Yorkshire, England

M18 motorway (Ireland), a road connecting junction 9 on the Shannon bypass in County Clare and Gort in County Galway

M-18 (Michigan highway), a road connecting US 10 near North Bradley and M-72 near Luzerne

M18 highway (Russia), a road connecting Saint Petersburg and Murmansk

Highway M18 (Ukraine), a road connecting Yalta and Kharkiv

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