M60 - A560 Comments
These are all the comments about this junction, with the newest at the top.
Not an ideal junction, agreed, but there are no need for any problems here. There are 'No Entry' signs in the correct places, so no one should be going the wrong way up slip-roads. And traffic lights at the end of slip-roads are a common occurrence in England so that shouldn't be causing any problems either, (especially as advanced warning is given on the overhead gantry as you leave the M60 that there are traffic lights ahead).
Andrew Bowden writes:
I'm with Iain Benson. That merger from the A560 onto the M60 going north is horrible. I hate doing it, but unfortunately it's my local junction to the M60. Going north is quite maddening. You get forced onto the fast lane and can easily get stuck there as all the M60 traffic comes rushing in from the other lanes meaning it's very difficult to get yourself out. Thankfully I don't use it during rush hour as I can imagine it would be horrendous.
To be honest, much of the M60 through Stockport is a mess, partly caused by the botching together of two motorways into one, and partly due to sheer lack of space to do anything proper.
Iain Benson thinks there is worse:
You only have half of this bad junction.
If you continue round to the right on the picture, it bends through 90 degrees and the A560 joins the north bound M60 in the outside lane.
It is incredibly dangerous, especially when you get a pootling Micra coming down the fast lane and trying to cut across two lanes of 70mph traffic to get into the inside lane!
Adrian Shaw adds a thought:
I work in construction and there is an unwritten rule (ie, there is actually nothing illegal but it is regarded as bad practice) with plumbers and electricians - you do not cross your pipes (or wires) over each other along the route. This is exactly what has been done at Lower Bredbury.
All the movements at junction 26 already exist. For traffic clockwise into Stockport, you can leave at junction 25, and to enter the M60 clockwise towards Cheadle, you can get on less than half a mile later at junction 27. There is no use for this junction, just close it.
Came across this recently. When exiting the M60 westbound the lights are badly signed - you do not expect to come across lights on a motorway sliproad. There's a real risk of overshooting (or not even seeing the lights), and of rear end shunts.