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Route of the M180

The M180 runs south of the Humber, connecting the wider world (via the M18) to Scunthorpe, the Humber Bridge and beyond. It is most famous for being very lightly used - most of the route is three lanes wide, when the need for even two is, in places, debatable. It would be nice if that third lane could be picked up and moved to somewhere more in need of it.

It was built to relieve the A18 and to service the expanding ports and industrial estates in this part of the world. Into the bargain it provides a good route to the large towns in the area from Doncaster to Grimsby. It is certainly a good thing to be able to pass all those HGVs on their way to the docks and factories. Even so, it doesn't do its job very well, as it gives up at Elsham. The road on from there is the A180 - and is virtually indistinguishable from its motorway counterpart. The end of the motorway in this arbitrary location is inexplicable, though unfortunately no more unusual than, say, the M27 giving up at Portsmouth or the M62 at North Cave.

The M180 is let down slightly by its number - all the other three-digit routes are short-distance spurs (see its little brother the M181). This is, arguably, an important strategic route and, despite its emptiness, is more important than a lot of motorways with more important sounding numbers (M45 and M49 spring to mind as much shorter and less nationally valuable routes).

That this route was built while much more important roads remain unbuilt to this day can be put down to the fact that this is a very flat area. Land here costs next to nothing and plonking down 26 miles of new motorway - especially at 1970s prices - was instant value for very little money.

Factfile

Start Thorne (M18)
Finish Elsham (A15, A180)
Passes Scunthorpe
Length 26 miles
Terminates None
Spurs M181
Meets None

Images

Views of the M180 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.

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The M180 is very dull. This picture goes some small way towards demonstrating how tedious the section west of Scunthorpe is.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Here on the Scunthorpe Bypass section, the road is still extremely dull, but now has only two lanes.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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After Scunthorpe, the road has three lanes again, and is exciting by comparison to the previous sections because there's some woodland around it.
Photo by Steven Jukes

Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the M180 were built, listed in chronological order.

Open Jct Section
Sep1977 J4-5 Brigg Bypass
May1978 J1-2 Thorne → Sandtoft
Nov1978 J3-4 Scunthorpe Bypass
Dec1978 J2-3 Sandtoft → Scunthorpe Bypass

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

Junction   Westbound               Eastbound
(M18 J5) Doncaster
Sheffield
M18 Link
(M1 Link, A1(M) Link)
Goole
Leeds
Manchester
M18 Link (M62 Link)
Services Doncaster North









M18
WEST
(Roundabout Interchange)









M18
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7 miles, 3 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 3 lanes
1 A18
(A614)
(Diamond) A614

A18
Thorne
Hatfield
A18 (A614)
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  Down 6 miles, 3 lanes
2 Goole
Epworth
Crowle
A161
A161 (Diamond) A161 Epworth
Crowle
A161
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5 miles, 3 lanes Up   Down 5 miles, 3 lanes
3 Scunthorpe (W)
M181 Link
Bottesford Moor Interchange (Trumpet) M181 Scunthorpe
M181 Link
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7 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 7 miles, 2 lanes
4 Lincoln
A15
Scunthorpe
(A18)
A15 (Roundabout Interchange)(Roundabout Interchange) A15
(A18)
Lincoln
A15
Scunthorpe (E)
Brigg
(A18)
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7 miles, 3 lanes Up   Down 7 miles, 3 lanes
5 N/A A15
(A18)











Barnetby Interchange (Roundabout Interchange)
A180
EAST
A15











Barton
Humber Bridge
Hull
A15 Link
Humberside Airport
(A18)
Grimsby
Cleethorpes
Immingham
A180
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