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The M58 is a motorway passing through Merseyside and Lancashire, terminating in Greater Manchester. It is 12 miles (19.3 km) long and provides a link between the M6 motorway and the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Contents

1 Route 2 History

2.1 Unfulfilled plans

3 Junctions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Route[edit] Apart from the approaches to its terminal roundabouts, the motorway is three lanes throughout. It starts at Switch Island in Merseyside and passes directly underneath the Merseyrail Northern Line. before striking out across open countryside and into Lancashire south of Maghull and Bickerstaffe. It then curves south westerly south of Skelmersdale before reaching the M6 at Orrell in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. History[edit] Since 1949 an upgrade of the Wigan to Ormskirk route had been proposed to improve traffic flows, yet with the decision in 1961 to develop Skelmersdale as a new town, the proposals were revised to provide a link to the M6 at one end and Liverpool at the other.[1] The first part of the road was opened in March 1968[2] as the Skelmersdale Regional Road between what is now junctions 4 & 5. It was originally a two lane single carriageway road that was upgraded to 2 lane plus with hard shoulders in 1973.[1] The next stage was to connect this road to the M6 and construction on this part began in 1968 and it was opened to traffic in October 1970 as all purpose dual carriageway. Now junctions 5 to 6, this road was upgraded to dual 3 lanes with a hard shoulder in 1977.[1] These roads were upgraded to motorway status in 1977.[3] Construction on Switch Island to junction 4 section began in 1978 with the road opening between April and September 1980.[3] Unfulfilled plans[edit] Junction 2 was not built, and was the end of a proposed motorway to Preston.[4] At Switch Island, the junction has been built to allow an extension of the M57 and the end of M58 has provision for slip roads to the extension to be constructed.[2] Lancashire County Council had in 1949 also proposed a Wigan to Bolton road. Bridges had been built on the M61 to allow for this eventual continuation.[1] Later plans saw the road downgraded to an A road; it would have reached the M61 between junctions 5 and 6. These plans have also been dropped and currently Wigan Borough Council has plans for a part dual and part single carriageway route to the A579 near Atherton. Junctions[edit]

Junction 3 (eastbound exit) near Bickerstaffe.

Approaching the M6 interchange from the M58.

Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance information.[5]

M58 motorway

mile km Eastbound exits Junction Westbound exits

17.5 28.2 The North West, Preston, The South, Manchester, Warrington M6 Wigan (A577) J6 Terminus Start of motorway

15.7 25.2 Skelmersdale (East), Upholland (A577) J5 Skelmersdale (East), Pimbo, Upholland (A577)

14.0 22.6 Skelmersdale (West & Central) (A5068) J4 Skelmersdale (West & Central) (A5068)

12.4 19.9 Southport (A570), Ormskirk, St Helens, Rainford (A570) J3 Southport (A570), Ormskirk, St Helens, Rainford (A570)

8.6 13.9 No access J1 Kirkby, Maghull (A506), Southport (A5147)

6.5 10.4 Start of motorway M57, J7 Terminus Liverpool (Central), Southport, Ormskirk (A59) Docks, Bootle (A5036) Kirkby, Widnes (M57)

Note: There is no Junction 2. See also[edit]

List of motorways in the United Kingdom

References[edit]

^ a b c d Lancashire County Council – Historic Highways – M58 ^ a b The Motorway Archive – M58 Archived 2006-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b The Motorway Archive – M58 Dates ^ "Lancashire County Council – Historic Highways – M58 Map". Archived from the original on 2011-05-15.  ^ Driver Location Signs, Highway Agency Area 10 (map) – Highway Authority, 2009

External links[edit] Route map: Google

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Template:Attached KML/M58 motorway KML is from Wikidata

Media related to M58 motorway at Wikimedia Commons Motorway Database – M58 Lancashire County Council – Historic Highways – M58 The Motorway Archive – M58

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Motorways in the United Kingdom

Great Britain

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M6 Toll M8 M9 M11 M18 M20 M23 M25 M26 M27 M32 M40 M42 M45 M48 M49 M50 M53 M54 M55 M56 M57 M58 M60 M61 M62 M65 M66 M67 M69 M73 M74 M77 M80 M90 M180 M181 M271 M275 M602 M606 M621 M876 M898

A1(M) A3(M) A8(M) A38(M) A48(M) A57(M) A58(M) A64(M) A66(M) A74(M) A167(M) A194(M) A308(M) A329(M) A404(M) A601(M) A627(M) A823(M)

Northern Ireland

M1 M2 M3 M5 M12 M22 A8(M)

Former

M10 M41 M63 A18(M) A40(M) A41(M) A102(M) A6144(M)

Unbuilt

M12 M15 M16 M31 M64

Proposed

M4 relief road

Junctions

Almondsbury Catthorpe Gravelly Hill Handy Cross Longbridge Switch Island Thorpe Thurcroft

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