Unbuilt

M1 Stirling Corner Link

M1 Stirling Corner Link

Have you ever noticed that the M1 has no junction 3?

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M12

M12 London - Essex

With tendancies to thrash about all over Essex, it's possibly the most confusing motorway to research in Britain.

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M13

M13 Blackwall - Maplin

Hang on a minute, a motorway that passes just south of Southend?

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M17

M17 Castle Donington Bypass

Right on the edge of Leicestershire.

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M19

M19 Lancashire - Yorkshire Motorway

How the M1 and A1 should have been linked.

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M31

M31 M3 - M4 Link Motorway

Cutting off the western M25 in a big way

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M56-M62 Link

M56-M62 Link

Across the Manchester Ship Canal, yet another way.

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M58

M58 Mid-Lancashire Motorway

On, off, on again, off again. Across mid-Lancashire from Wigan to Bolton

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M59

M59

Liverpool - Preston, the unbuilt way.

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M60

M60

The original M60 Altrincham - Sale - Stretford Bypass.

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M62 Relief Road

M62 RR

Relieving the north and west of Manchester and Salford.

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M64

M64 Stoke - Derby Motorway

How traffic between Lancashire and London should have avoided the West Midlands conurbation...

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M67

M67 Manchester - Sheffield Motorway

Two of England's largest cities are connected by a narrow single carriageway road...

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M272

M272 Portswood Link

Down in deepest darkest Hampshire, a strange road awaits...

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M601

M601 Irwell Valley Motorway

A strangely shaped bridge is the only modern clue...

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M650

M650 Airedale Motorway

Through the valleys of Yorkshire, a blue line once appeared.

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A2(M)

A2(M) Dover Radial Route

One of London's unbuilt routes that's ended up half-there...

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A6(M)

A6(M) Stockport North-South Bypass

The Stockport North - South Bypass. Or at least one of them...

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A6(M)

A6(M) Stockport North-South Bypass

Rather amazingly, there was an entirely different Stockport North - South Bypass to the other one!

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A59(M)

A59(M) Ormskirk Bypass

The Bypass that's been thought about for over fifty years.

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A61(M)

A61(M) Sheffield Urban Motorway Link

How Sheffield could have been just like Manchester and Leeds!

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A556(M)

A556(M) M6 - M56 Link

If you head into Manchester from the south, you travel along a single-carriageway road. It wasn't meant to be this way...

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A695(M)

A695 Shields Road Motorway

One of Tyneside's missing motorways that was nearly there!

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'A' Ring

'A' Ring, London

London's unbuilt motorway Inner Ring Road. Hyde Park to Tower Bridge and back again in one easy loop...

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Belmont Link

Belmont Link Motorway

Tiny, mysterious and elusive. Can we come up with more adjectives?

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Bilston Link

Bilston Link Motorway

Wolverhampton's unbuilt motorway that had hundreds of false starts!

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Central Motorway East Bypass

Central Motorway East Bypass

Tyneside's proposed motorway bypass of a motorway...

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Central Motorway West

Central Motorway West

Tyneside's "matching pair" motorway, the Central Motorway West

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Chippenham Spur

Chippenham Spur

A mysterious motorway in deepest, darkest Wiltshire...

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Claremont Road Motorway

Claremont Road Motorway

Tyneside's very, very nearly motorway.

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Coventry North-South M'way

Coventry North-South Motorway

Coventry's attempts to join the Urban Motorway Club nearly came off...

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Flockton Link

Flockton Link

Hudderfield to Barnsley, cutting a massive corner off...

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Friars Goose Crossing

Friars Goose Crossing

Crossing the River Tyne, the proper approach to Newcastle upon Tyne city centre from the south.

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Furness Link

Furness Link

By single carriageway to Lancashire-over-the-sands...

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Glasgow Inner Ring Road

Glasgow Inner Ring Road

The half-built roller-coaster motorway.

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Manchester Inner Ring Road

Manchester and Salford Inner Ring Road

Lots of gaps, not a lot of road.

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Manchester Outer Ring Road

Manchester Outer Ring Road (south)

Genesis of a white elephant.

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Morecambe Link

Morecambe Link Motorway

Planned in the 1940s, and still not here today.

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Newcastle E-W Motorway

Newcastle East-West Underground Motorway

The completely underground motorway.

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Newport Southern Bypass

Newport Southern Bypass

Britain's second toll motorway?

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Princess Parkway Motorway

Princess Parkway Motorway

Just why is the western side of Manchester's A5103 so empty?

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South Bristol Spur

South Bristol

An oddly built bypass, a pointless junction and a big central reservation all add up...

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Strensham - Solihull Motorway

Strensham - Solihull Motorway

Taking the short-cut between the M50 and M42.

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Western Orbital

Western Orbital

When is an orbital not an orbital? When it goes around Wolverhampton! That's a rubbish punchline...

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Weston-super-Mare Spur

Weston-super-Mare Spur

A strange sliproad layout is the biggest modern-day clue.

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about

pathetic (adj)

1. informal showing no skill, effort, or bravery
2. sad and weak

motorway (noun)

a long, wide road, usually used by traffic travelling fast over long distances

 

Last update:
2 February 2013
M56-M62 Link added