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Route of the A15

The A15 spends most of its time following part of the Roman road Ermine Street, charging up in a straight line from Peterborough to Lincoln and then Brigg. The part of it that fits in the Motorway Database is nothing to do with that, however — it's the part that was built in the late 1970s to connect Lincolnshire with Hull, via the Humber Bridge.

The Humber Bridge is an incredible feat of engineering: the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world for 17 years, its two support towers are 155 metres (508ft) tall and are 36mm (1.4 inches) further apart at the top than the bottom to allow for the curvature of the earth. Its main span is 1.41km (0.87 miles) in length.

For all its beauty and ingenuity, the bridge is also a white elephant. Built largely for political reasons, it connects nowhere to nothing much, the towns and cities on the opposite banks of the Humber being a little too far for commuting. The astronomical cost of construction mean that the tolls are the highest on any bridge in the UK. Even so, the Humber Bridge Board has reliably lost money ever since the bridge was opened in 1981, despite a refinancing deal in 1996. The tolls, and the good motorway connections at each end, mean that for any journey that starts more than a few miles from either end of the bridge, it is usually just as fast and considerably cheaper to go via the M18 at Goole which is free.

As a result, the A15 between Hull and the M180 is incredibly quiet. The Humber Bridge section carries about 100,000 vehicles a week — a very low number for such a high-quality road — and the section on dry land carries even fewer.

There is now a campaign group, Humber Toll Action, which is pushing for the tolls to be removed. It's a noble aim, which would see the bridge finally used to its full potential, but sadly very unlikely due to the massive debt that would have to be written off and the ongoing maintenance costs which are not cheap.

You're not looking at the whole A15

This page only deals with the parts of the A15 that are classed as motorway or that have motorway characteristics. Any other sections of this road won't be featured here and will not count towards the mileage shown below.

Tolls

A toll is charged to cross the Humber Bridge both northbound and southbound.

Vehicle class Toll for single crossing Discounted toll for tag holders
Motorbikes Free Free
Cars
Motor homes
Goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes
£1.50 £1.35
Goods vehicles above 3.5 with two axles
Cars with trailers
Buses
£4.00 £3.60
Goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes £12.00 £10.80

The prices above are intended as a guide only, and were correct at 6 May 2016. Please check the Humber Bridge official website for up-to-date prices.

Factfile

Start Hessle (A63)
Finish Barnetby le Wold (M180)
Passes Humber Bridge
Length 10 miles
Connects to M180

Road Schemes

CBRD's Road Schemes section has information on these schemes that are active or in planning on the A15.

Images

Views of the A15 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.

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The Humber Bridge, as seen from the shore. It's really quite difficult to get the whole thing in one photograph, such is its size.
Photo by Chris Thompson

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Approaching on the cycle path, which sits slightly below the road deck on each side.
Photo by Chris Thompson

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A view from the bridge looking towards Hull, with the railway line and A63 down below.
Photo by Chris Thompson

Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the A15 were built, listed in chronological order.

Open Jct Section
1978 Barton upon Humber → M180
1981 Humber Bridge

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

Junction   Northbound               Southbound
Leeds
Goole
Selby
A63 (M62 Link)
Beverley
York
A164 (A1079)
Hessle
Anlaby
A1105
Hull Vehicle Ferry
A63














A63
NORTH
A164
(Non-standard interchange)










A1105



A63
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0.5 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Toll station Humber Bridge Tolls (Non-standard interchange) Toll station More information about this junction
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2.5 miles, 2 lanes Up  
River or canal Humber Humber (Watercourse) River or canal Humber More information about this junction
  Down 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
Barton-upon-Humber
South Ferriby
A1077
A1077 (Roundabout Interchange) A1077 Barton-upon-Humber
South Ferriby
A1077
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3 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 3 miles, 2 lanes
Barrow upon Humber
New Holland
B1206
B1218

B1206
(Non-standard interchange) B1206 Barrow upon Humber
New Holland
B1206
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2.5 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
Elsham Industrial Estate Elsham Interchange (Non-standard interchange) Elsham Industrial Estate More information about this junction
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1.5 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
(M180 J5) M180












(Roundabout Interchange)
A15 (A18)
SOUTH
A180












Immingham
Grimsby
A180
Brigg
Humberside Airport
A15 (A18)
Scunthorpe
Doncaster
M180 Link
Elsham
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With thanks to Joe, Tim Lidbetter and Rhydian Edwards for information in this section.