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The M61 motorway is a motorway in north-west Englandmarker. It runs from the M60 motorwaymarker north-west of Manchestermarker, heading north-west past Boltonmarker and Chorleymarker to join the M6 just north of the junction between the M6 and M65 motorways to the south of Prestonmarker.

Worsley Braided Interchange

Perhaps the most distinguishing section of the M61 is to be found at the southern end at the Worsley Braided Interchange between Junctions 1 and 3. This stretch of the road on the approach to the terminus with the M60 ring road is a collection of myriad sliproads and overpass tunnels providing free-flowing access to and from:
  • The A580 .
  • The motorway spur road to and from the A666.
  • Both clockwise and anti-clockwise carriageways of the M60.
  • Both northbound and southbound carriageways of the M61.
The M61 at night looking towards Chorley
This complicated junction earns a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most traffic lanes side by side (17), spread across several parallel carriageways. British Roads Database URL accessed February 18, 2008


The M61 has one service station: Bolton West servicesmarker (formerly known as Anderton, Adlington and Rivington), located between Junctions 6 and 8 (as Junction 7 was never built). This MSA was used in the filming of The Services, a pilot episode for the Farnworthmarker-born comedian Peter Kay series That Peter Kay Thing, a spoof documentary of a day in the life of the MSA staff.


Datafrom driver location signs are used to provide distance information.
M61 Motorway
km Northbound exits Junction Southbound exits
The NORTH, Lancastermarker M6 M6, J30 Start of motorway
33.2 Blackburnmarker, Burnleymarker, Preston (South) M65 J9 Blackburn, Burnley, Preston (South) M65
27.6 Chorley, Whittle-le-Woodsmarker A674 (A6) J8 Chorley, Whittle-le-Woods A674 (A6)
Bolton West services Services Bolton West Services
15.4 Horwichmarker (A673)
Chorley (A6)
J6 Bolton (West),
Horwich (A673)
11.2 Westhoughtonmarker, Hindleymarker, Wiganmarker A58 J5 Westhoughton. Hindley, Wigan A58
8.2 Athertonmarker, Walkdenmarker, Farnworthmarker A6 J4 Atherton, Walkden, Farnworth A6
4.5 No access J3 Bolton (A666)
Bolton (A666) J2 Manchester (Central) (A580)
Start of motorway J1 Oldhammarker, Rochdalemarker M60 marker
Salfordmarker, Salemarker M60 marker
Manchester Airportmarker

See also

External links


  1. Driver Location Signs, Highway Agency Area 10 (map) - Highway Authority, 2009

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