A57(M) motorway

A57(M) Motorway

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The A57(M), also known as the Mancunian Way, is a long motorway in Manchester, England. It is part of the A57, which runs east-west through Greater Manchester, and links the M602 and M67 motorways.


The road forms a major part of the Manchester-Salford Inner Ring Road and runs south of the city centre. Running eastbound, it starts as a 2 lane dual carriageway and passes underneath the A56. Following this, the road widens to 3 lanes. At the next junction which leads to the A5103, the road reduces to 2 lanes and becomes an elevated highway. This section runs atop link roads and two roundabouts before reaching the next junction with the A34. At this point the road passes through the centre of the campuses of UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester) and Manchester Metropolitan University. It then runs for around ¾ mile (1.2 km) before reaching its junction with the A6 which it crosses on a bridge before dropping down to ground level. It then finishes on the A635 and continues eastbound, and also continues to be called the Mancunian Way.


The Mancunian Way was conceived to form part of the South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire (SELNEC) Highway Plan of 1962, although similar proposals were developed from 1959. A Parliamentary Bill to authorise the construction of the Mancunian Way was proposed and approved in 1961.

The construction was carried out in two phases: the first stage involved the construction of a dual...
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