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 E13 and E22
Length26.5 mi (42.6 km)
HistoryConstructed 1967–79
Major junctions
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
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 M1 to A1(M) section and M180 to M62 section are much busier with three lanes in each direction, and there is a small three lane section northbound between junctions 2 and 3. It passes over the Wadworth Viaduct at junction 2. 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.


  • 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.[1] In order to provide better access to Doncaster town centre and the new Great Yorkshire Way to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the section of the M18 between junctions 2 and 3 northbound was upgraded to 3 lanes, between 20 June 2014 and 12 June 2015.[2]


Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information.[3] 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, 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 A631 J1 Rotherham 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 Newark, Leeds A1(M) J2 The NORTH, The SOUTH 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 A6182 J3 Doncaster A6182
Doncaster Sheffield  
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 Doncaster 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, Doncaster Sheffield  , Humberside   M180
Doncaster North services
Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Doncaster Sheffield  , 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 Thorne A614 J6 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 The NORTH (A1(M)), Leeds
Hull, York, Goole 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. ^ "The Motorway Archive. M1/M18. Crick to Doncaster". Iht.org. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ "M18 Junctions 2 to 3 northbound improvement". Highways England. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. ^ 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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