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M56 Motorway
The M56 motorway
M56 motorway
, also known as the North Cheshire
Cheshire
motorway, is in Cheshire
Cheshire
and Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
, England. It runs from junction 4 of the M60 to Dunkirk, Cheshire
Cheshire
and is 33.3 miles (53.6 km) in length. It is often busy with long-distance commuter traffic towards North Wales . It serves commuters heading to Manchester
Manchester
particularly those from the wider Cheshire
Cheshire
area and gives access to Manchester
Manchester
Airport from the national motorway network. The road forms part of the unsigned Euroroute E22
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River Mersey
The RIVER MERSEY /ˈmɜːrzi/ is a river in the North West of England
England
. Its name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon language and translates as "boundary river". The river may have been the border between the ancient kingdoms of Mercia
Mercia
and Northumbria
Northumbria
and for centuries it formed part of the boundary between the historic counties of Lancashire
Lancashire
and Cheshire
Cheshire
. The start of the Mersey is at the confluence of the River Tame and River Goyt in Stockport . It flows westwards through the suburban areas of south Manchester
Manchester
, then into the Manchester
Manchester
Ship Canal at Irlam , becoming a part of the canal and maintaining the canal's water levels
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Manchester Ship Canal
The MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester
Manchester
to the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
. Starting at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, it generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire
Cheshire
and Lancashire
Lancashire
. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet (18 m) up to Manchester
Manchester
, where the canal's terminus was built. Major landmarks along its route include the Barton Swing Aqueduct , the only swing aqueduct in the world, and Trafford Park , the world's first planned industrial estate and still the largest in Europe. The rivers Mersey and Irwell were first made navigable in the early 18th century
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Roadchef
ROADCHEF is a company which operates 30 motorway service areas in 21 locations in the UK . It is the third largest motorway service area operator, behind Moto and Welcome Break and followed by Extra ). In September 2014 it was announced that owners Delek Group were selling Roadchef to Antin for £153m. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Locations * 3 Facilities * 3.1 Catering * 3.2 WHSmith * 3.3 Cotton Traders * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORYRoadchef was founded in July 1973 by Lindley Catering Investments and Galleon World Travel. The company was originally family owned but in November 1995 was sold to a management team and its most recent change of ownership was to Antin Infrastructure Partners. Over the years Roadchef have acquired a portfolio of 21 sites
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Appleton Thorn
APPLETON THORN is a village in the borough of Warrington
Warrington
in Cheshire, England. Appleton appeared in the Domesday survey as Epeltune, meaning "the tun where the apples grew". CONTENTS * 1 Bawming the Thorn * 2 Famous places * 3 See also * 4 References BAWMING THE THORNEach June, the village hosts the ceremony of "Bawming the Thorn". The current form of the ceremony dates from the 19th century, when it was part of the village's "walking day ". It involved children from Appleton Thorn
Appleton Thorn
Primary School walking through the village and holding sports and games at the school. This now takes place at the village hall. The ceremony stopped in the 1930s, but was revived by the then headmaster , Mr Bob Jones in the early 1970s. "Bawming the Thorn" occurs on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer's Day
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High Legh
HIGH LEGH is a village, civil and ecclesiastical parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire , England. Six miles north west of Knutsford , seven miles east of Warrington and seventeen miles south west of Manchester City Centre , according to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,632, increasing slightly to 1,653 at the 2011 Census. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Coats of arms * 2 Transport * 3 Education * 4 Sport * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYUnusually this village was the seat of two ancient landed gentry families for generations, namely: Leigh of West Hall and Cornwall-Legh of East Hall . Both halls have now been demolished, but both families are still represented today, the head of the "West Hall" family being Sir Edward Leigh MP but no longer associated or living within the parish and that of the "East Hall" family headed by Richard, 6th Baron Grey of Codnor
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International E-road Network
The INTERNATIONAL E-ROAD NETWORK is a numbering system for roads in Europe developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) . The network is numbered from E 1 up and its roads cross national borders. It also reaches Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
, since they are members of the UNECE. European main international traffic arteries are defined by ECE/TRANS/SC.1/2016/3/Rev.1 which consider three types of roads: motorways , express roads , and ordinary roads. In most countries, roads carry the European route designation beside national road numbers. Other countries like Belgium
Belgium
, Norway
Norway
and Sweden
Sweden
have roads with exclusive European route signage (Examples: E 18 and E 6 ), while at the other end of the scale, British road signs do not show the routes at all
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Hale, Greater Manchester
HALE is a village and electoral ward within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford , in Greater Manchester , England. The population of the village taken at the 2011 Census was 15,315. It is contiguous with the southeast of Altrincham , about 9 mi (14 km) southwest of the city of Manchester . The earliest documented reference to Hale is in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the name of the settlement is probably as old as 7th or 8th century. The area was mostly agricultural. Hale grew in the Middle Ages to the point when Hale Barns was established as a separate settlement. Hale was formerly in Cheshire . Hale, Bowdon and Hale Barns together are regarded as the wealthiest areas in Greater Manchester, and similarly wealthy to Cheshire Golden Triangle towns Wilmslow , Alderley Edge and Prestbury . These towns and the area between them contain some of the most expensive properties in England outside London
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Broomedge
BROOMEDGE is a village in Cheshire , England. This Cheshire location article is a stub . You can help by expanding it
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Moto Hospitality
MOTO HOSPITALITY is a company which operates 58 motorway service stations across the United Kingdom . It's currently the UKs biggest service area operator. Moto is owned by USS whom bought it from Macquarie. Macquarie Bank managed Moto between when Compass Group sold off SSP in April 2006 for £1,822 million and late 2015. As they have new owners and to keep up with their rivals, Moto is currently refurbishing sites with new restaurants. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Other operations * 3 Facilities * 3.1 WHSmith * 3.2 Hotels * 3.3 Catering * 3.4 Barber Shop * 3.5 Betting arcades * 3.6 Fone Bitz * 3.7 Petrol stations * 3.8 Play areas * 4 Awards * 5 Innovations * 6 Locations * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links HISTORYGranada , who owned the chain of Granada motorway service stations, merged with Compass in July 2000, to form Granada Compass plc
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Trunk Road
A TRUNK ROAD, TRUNK HIGHWAY, or STRATEGIC ROAD is a major road, usually connecting two or more cities, ports, airports and other places, which is the recommended route for long-distance and freight traffic. Many trunk roads have segregated lanes in a dual carriageway , or are of motorway standard. CONTENTS* 1 United Kingdom * 1.1 De-trunking: United Kingdom * 2 Ireland * 2.1 De-trunking: Ireland * 3 United States * 4 China * 5 India * 6 France * 7 Poland * 8 Sweden * 8.1 List of Swedish trunk roads * 9 See also * 10 References UNITED KINGDOM See also: Trunk roads in Wales In the United Kingdom, trunk roads were first defined for Great Britain in the Trunk Roads Act 1936. Thirty major roads were classed as trunk roads and the minister of transport took direct control of them and the bridges across them
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Altrincham
ALTRINCHAM (/ˈɒltrɪŋəm/ ( listen ) OL-tring-əm ) is a market town in Trafford
Trafford
, Greater Manchester, England, south of the River Mersey about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Manchester city centre
Manchester city centre
, 3 miles (5 km) south-southwest of Sale and 10 miles (16 km) east of Warrington
Warrington
. At the 2001 UK census, it had a population of 41,000 increasing to 52,419 at the 2011 census . Historically part of Cheshire
Cheshire
, Altrincham
Altrincham
was established as a market town in 1290, a time when the economy of most communities was based on agriculture rather than trade, and there is still a market in the town today
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Bolton
BOLTON (/ˈbɒltən/ ( listen ) or locally ) is a town in Greater Manchester
Manchester
in North West England
North West England
. A former mill town , Bolton
Bolton
has been a production centre for textiles since Flemish weavers settled in the area in the 14th century, introducing a wool and cotton-weaving tradition. The urbanisation and development of the town largely coincided with the introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution . Bolton
Bolton
was a 19th-century boomtown , and at its zenith in 1929 its 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing works made it one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning in the world. The British cotton industry declined sharply after the First World War, and by the 1980s cotton manufacture had virtually ceased in Bolton
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A34 Road (England)
The A34 is a major road in England
England
. It runs from the A33 and M3 at Winchester
Winchester
in Hampshire
Hampshire
, to the A6 and A6042 in Salford , close to Manchester
Manchester
City Centre. It forms a large part of the major trunk route from Southampton
Southampton
, via Oxford
Oxford
, to Birmingham
Birmingham
, The Potteries and Manchester
Manchester
. For most of its length (together with the A5011 and parts of the A50 , and A49 ), it forms part of the former WINCHESTER-PRESTON TRUNK ROAD. Improvements to the section of road forming the Newbury Bypass around Newbury were the scene of significant direct action environmental protests in the 1990s. It is 151 miles (243 km) long
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Didsbury
DIDSBURY /ˈdɪdzbəri/ is a suburban area of Manchester
Manchester
, England. It lies on the north bank of the River Mersey
River Mersey
, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of Manchester
Manchester
city centre . The population at the 2011 census was 26,788. Historically a part of Lancashire
Lancashire
, there are records of Didsbury existing as a small hamlet as early as the 13th century. Its early history was dominated by being part of the Manor of Withington, a feudal estate that covered a large part of what is now the south of Manchester. Didsbury
Didsbury
was described during the 18th century as a township separate from outside influence. In 1745 Charles Edward Stuart crossed the Mersey at Didsbury
Didsbury
in the Jacobite march south from Manchester
Manchester
to Derby, and again in the subsequent retreat
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