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M18 motorway (Great Britain)

The M18 is a motorway in Yorkshire, England. It runs from the east of Rotherham to Goole and is approximately 26 miles (42 km) long. A section of the road forms part of the unsigned Euroroute E13.

M18 shield

Route information
Part of and
Length 26.5 mi (42.6 km)
Existed 1967 – present
History Constructed 1967–79
Major junctions
From Thurcroft
53°22′52″N 1°16′43″W / 53.3811°N 1.2785°W / 53.3811; -1.2785 (M18 motorway (southern end))
  Junction 32.svg UK-Motorway-M1.svg
M1 motorway
Junction 2.svg UK-Motorway-A1 (M).svg
A1(M) motorway
Junction 5.svg UK-Motorway-M180.svg
M180 motorway
Junction 7.svg UK-Motorway-M62.svg
M62 motorway
To Rawcliffe
53°40′57″N 0°58′03″W / 53.6825°N 0.9676°W / 53.6825; -0.9676 (M18 motorway (northern end))
Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Leeds
Road network
M18 northbound during the 2005–2006 roadworks
M18 in South Yorkshire



The M18 runs in a north east/south west direction from junction 32 of the M1 motorway to junction 35 of the M62 motorway. It passes east of Rotherham, southeast of Doncaster and Armthorpe, and west of Thorne. It meets the A1(M) at junction 2 (A1(M) junction 35)--known as the Wadworth Interchange—and the M180 motorway at junction 5. Access to Doncaster is provided from junctions 3 (A6182) and 4 (A630)

Much of the M18 is a two lane dual carriageway, and carries relatively low volumes of traffic. However, the section linking the M1 and A1(M) is much busier and has three lanes in each direction. It then passes over the Wadworth Viaduct. To the north it then crosses the East Coast Main Line, and until its closure and the dismantling of the pit head gear, a large colliery could be seen to the south at Rossington.

Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route SchemeEdit

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is a new road scheme[1] running between the M18 at Junction 3 and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, improving access primarily to the airport, Rossington and the new Doncaster iPort. Work started in 2013 and the first phase of the road between M18 junction 3 and the A638 road became operational in February 2016.[2] Work on the second and final phase connecting the A638 and the airport began in June 2017[3] and was completed in June 2018.[4]

In order to provide better access to FARRRS and Doncaster town centre, the section of the M18 between junctions 2 and 3 northbound was upgraded to 3 lanes, between 20 June 2014 and 12 June 2015.[5]


  • Junction 1 to Junction 2 opened in 1967
  • Junction 5 to Junction 6 opened in 1972
  • Junction 6 to Junction 7 opened in 1975
  • Junction 4 to Junction 5 opened in 1977
  • Junction 2 to Junction 4 opened in 1979

The M18 was originally to be part of the M1, but it was decided to route the M1 towards Leeds instead of Doncaster, and the routing of what would have been the M1 east of Sheffield became the M18.[6]


Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information.[7] The location sequence is a continuation of the M1 location sequence.

M18 motorway junctions
miles km Southbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates
156.8 252.4 The South, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Rotherham, Leeds M1 M1, J32 Start of motorway 53°23′51″N 1°16′06″W / 53.39740°N 1.26823°W / 53.39740; -1.26823 (M18, Start of motorway)
158.5 255.1 Rotherham, Bramley, Hellaby A631 J1 Rotherham, Bramley, Hellaby A631 53°25′25″N 1°15′05″W / 53.42365°N 1.25133°W / 53.42365; -1.25133 (M18, Junction 1)
158.5 263.6 The North, The South, Newark-on-Trent, Leeds, Blyth A1(M) J2 The North, The South, Doncaster A1(M) 53°28′46″N 1°08′54″W / 53.47941°N 1.14833°W / 53.47941; -1.14833 (M18, Junction 2)
165.9 267.1 Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield   A6182
Scunthorpe A18
J3 Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield   A6182 53°29′19″N 1°06′55″W / 53.48861°N 1.11520°W / 53.48861; -1.11520 (M18, Junction 3)
171.8 276.5 Doncaster A630 J4 Hatfield, Thorne A630 53°32′23″N 1°01′19″W / 53.53970°N 1.02199°W / 53.53970; -1.02199 (M18, Junction 4)
175.8 283.0 Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Humberside   M180
Doncaster North services
Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Humberside   M180
Doncaster North Services
53°35′29″N 0°59′14″W / 53.59144°N 0.98722°W / 53.59144; -0.98722 (M18, Junction 5)
177.8 286.2 Hatfield, Thorne A614 J6 Selby, Thorne A614 53°37′07″N 0°58′40″W / 53.61863°N 0.97770°W / 53.61863; -0.97770 (M18, Junction 6)
Start of motorway J7 Hull, Goole, Leeds, Manchester M62 53°40′39″N 0°57′56″W / 53.67759°N 0.96568°W / 53.67759; -0.96568 (M18, Junction 7)
  • Distances in kilometres and carriageway identifiers are obtained from driver location signs/location marker posts. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown.
  • Coordinate data from ACME Mapper.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Work on £56m Doncaster road project complete | Highways Magazine: Industry News, Services, Conferences and Exhibitions". 18 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "New £56m Robin Hood Airport to M18 link road opens". BBC News. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Work starts on second phase of Great Yorkshire Way link road to Doncaster Airport". Doncaster Free Express. Doncaster Free Express. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Second phase of 'hugely significant' Great Yorkshire Way in Doncaster completed". BDaily News. BDaily News. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "M18 Junctions 2 to 3 northbound improvement". Highways England. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Motorway Archive. M1/M18. Crick to Doncaster". Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Traffic England Live Traffic Condition Map Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Highways Agency – Locations extracted from Traffic Camera Popup identifier text

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