The M67 forms a bypass for the A57 through Denton and Hyde just east of Manchester, though not a bypass for the towns themselves, as it ploughs straight through both of them. It was intended to provide a clear route for A57 and A628 traffic to and from Sheffield. The problem with the road is that while building a motorway for Manchester to Sheffield traffic is a great idea, what's really needed is for the M67 to go a bit further — it would be nice, for example, if it ever got within 30 miles of Sheffield. The existing roads struggle to cope and the M67 relieves just a fraction of the residents along the corridor.
The M67 forms a very good example of an urban motorway, and at the M60 end has evidence of an unbuilt flyover — locally known as the ski ramps. At the other end, a temporary road carries the M67 to the roundabout, with clear signs that the finished route was to pass it to the north.
Of course, had it ever been finished, it would have run from the centre of Manchester, out across the Pennines, to end on the M1 near Sheffield. Much better. The main rail line between Sheffield and Manchester, despite expensive upgrades in the 1950s (electrification and a brand new tunnel bore under the Pennines), was run into ruin by the Department of Transport with the intention that the Woodhead Tunnel could be used as an all-weather route for the motorway through the most mountainous section.
It was only when one of the best intercity lines in the country had been fully closed that a Cost On Benefit Analysis revealed that better value for money could be achieved by pouring money down a bottomless pit. The new motorway route was subsequently scrapped. Full details on the plans for the unbuilt sections can be found on the Pathetic Motorways site (see "Related links").
Views of the M67 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.
Approaching the eastern terminus, there is clear evidence that the carriageway was meant to go left from here. The last section from here to the roundabout is two lanes and has no hard shoulder.
Photo by Steven Jukes
When the various parts of the M67 were built, listed in chronological order.
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All the junctions and destinations along the route.
With thanks to Bob Henshaw and Steven Jukes for information in this section.