A8(M) (Northern Ireland)

Surely the most lowly of all Northern Ireland's collection of diminutive motorways is the poor little A8(M) - and that's saying something. When the M2 was started it headed this way, but a very last-minute decision was taken to re-route the M2 via Antrim. This bit was already built and was left as a tail-end of motorway even though none of the roads concerned had been opened.

The A8(M) isn't unusual in connecting to no other motorways - roads on the mainland like the M2, A3(M) and various parts of the A1(M) don't connect to another road with motorway restrictions. It is, however, unique in having no other junctions in between.

It has arguably the most pointless imposition of motorway restrictions of any road in the UK, because it connects nothing but all-purpose roads and is only a mile long anyway. All the more reason to celebrate something so odd and wilfully arbitrary - three cheers for the A8(M)!

Start

Newtownabbey

End

Newtownabbey

Passes

None

Connects to
Length

1 mile

Open Junctions Section
1966 Entire motorway

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
1 Larne A8
Ballyclare B56
Newtownabbey
B56





B56
NORTH
A8





B56
N/A
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0.5 miles, 3 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
M2 J4 N/A M2

A6









SOUTH
B90

A6

M2







Newtownabbey
B90
Glengormley A6
Belfast M2 Link
Mallusk A6
Antrim M2 Link
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Routes

Picture credits

With thanks to Wesley Johnston for information on this page.

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