Originally the M18 was a spur from the M1 for traffic heading on to the A1. It was eventually extended to meet the M62, and during the construction work on there and the M180, the short-lived A18(M) came into being as an access road for the unfinished motorways.
Fast and quiet, the M18 is one of South Yorkshire Police's favourite motorways for hiding in police lay-bys. It's also surprisingly well-endowed with lanes and motorway connections for such a short and remote route: it is, after all, a shortcut to East Yorkshire from the south and isn't too heavily used.
As mentioned above, the M18 used to have a short spur towards Scunthorpe called the A18(M). The slightly strange construction of the motorways around Brigg — made up of a series of very short sections built one after the next — meant that for a few years in the 1970s the whole area was in a constant state of transition. It was very nearly a temporary road, and whether it was meant to last any length of time before being consumed by the M180 isn't known. It was only ever applied to the link between the M18 and the A18, and is now underneath the eastbound exit from the M180.
|Connects to||M1, M62, M180, A1(M)|
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When the various parts of the M18 were built, listed in chronological order.
|Nov||1967||J0-2||Thurcroft → Wadworth|
|Jun||1972||J5*-6||Hatfield → Thorne|
|Jun||1975||J6-7||Thorne → East Cowick|
|Jul||1977||J4-5*||Armthorpe → Hatfield|
|Mar||1979||J2-4||Wadworth → Armthorpe|
All the junctions and destinations along the route.
With thanks to Chris C2R for information in this section.