M58

The M58 is the motorway from north of Liverpool to Skelmersdale, Wigan and the M6. It's not all it was meant to be and in fact - like the M67 - it's one of those motorways that is unfinished at both ends.

In its unfinished state it provides a fast and remarkably quiet route across north west Lancashire, which has terrible junctions at either end, and indeed in the middle (in fact it has more Bad Junctions per mile than any other - one for every four miles of its route, on average), but provides three deserted lanes of flat, direct travel at almost any time of day.

To the east of the M6, a further section of M58 was planned to run across the south of Wigan to reach the M61, thereby providing another route between Liverpool (and its docks in Bootle) and Manchester. An underpass exists beneath the M61 just to the north of junction 5. The route was almost built in the early 2000s in a Wigan Borough Council plan for a local road called the A5225 - a watered-down road scheme that wouldn't quite have gone all the way to the M61.

There was also meant to be a much better onward connection from the west end of the M58 into central Liverpool, relieving the A59 towards the city. This never happened either, and without it the M58 stops in open land without really carrying traffic into the urban area at all.

Junction 2 is missing from the M58, for another never-finished idea. The M59 would have set off north from here, bypassing Preston to the west and ending on the M55, which is also missing its junction 2. It might seem that the M58 is a bit of an unfinished job - the truth is that it was cobbled out of other bits of road and it's something of a surprise that it exists at all. Much of the eastern half used to be the A506, built as part of the Skelmersdale New Town development and once called the Regional Road.

The M58 also has the distinction of being the only motorway to use a slang word (not an abbreviation) appear on its signs. "Skelmersdale" is referred to in one or two places as "Skem".

Start

Aintree

End

Wigan

Passes

Skelmersdale

Connects to
Length

12 miles

Open Junctions Section
1977 J4-6 A506 Regional Road upgraded to motorway
Sep 1980 J0-4 Aintree → Skelmersdale

Exit list

Junction   Westbound               Eastbound  
M57 J7
10.5 km
Liverpool (S & Airport)
M57 Link
Liverpool (Cen)
A59
Bootle
All Docks Vehicle Ferry
A5036
Southport A5758
Formby (A565)







A59

M57


WEST
A5036










A5758
(A565)

A59
N/A
LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSignsSigns LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSigns
1 mile, 2 lanes  
13.3 km
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 3 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
1
14 km
Kirkby
(A506)
Maghull
(A506) Kirkby
(A506)
Maghull
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 3 lanes 5 miles, 3 lanes
3
20 km
Ormskirk
St Helens
Rainford
A570
A570 A570 Ormskirk
St Helens
Rainford
A570
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
4
22.5 km
Skelmersdale
(E & Cen)
(A577)
(A577) Skelmersdale
(E & Cen)
(A577)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
5
25.5 km
Skelmersdale (W)
Up Holland
A577
A577 Skelmersdale (W)
Up Holland
A577
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
M6 J26
28.7 km
N/A M6







(A577)
EAST
M6






The NORTH WEST
Preston
M6 Link
The SOUTH
Manchester
Warrington
M6 Link
Wigan
(A577)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
Routes
M58

Picture credits

With thanks to Chris McKenna for information on this page.

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