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A57(M) motorway
UK motorway A57(M).svg

Road of the United Kingdom

Length 2 miles (3.2 km)
Direction East - West
Start Hulme
Primary destinations Manchester
End Ardwick
Construction dates 1967 original motorway - 1992 additional slip roads
Motorways joined n/a
A view of the Mancunian Way elevated motorway near UMIST.

The A57(M), also known as the Mancunian Way, is a 2-mile (3.2 km) long motorway in Manchester, England. It is part of the A57, which runs east-west through Greater Manchester, and links the M602 and M67 motorways.



The road forms a major part of the Manchester-Salford Inner Ring Road and runs south of the city centre. Running eastbound, it starts as a 2 lane dual carriageway and passes underneath the A56. Following this, the road widens to 3 lanes. At the next junction which leads to the A5103, the road reduces to 2 lanes and becomes an elevated highway. This section runs atop link roads and two roundabouts before reaching the next junction with the A34. At this point the road passes through the centre of the campuses of UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester) and Manchester Metropolitan University. It then runs for around ¾ mile (1.2 km) before reaching its junction with the A6 which it crosses on a bridge before dropping down to ground level. It then finishes on the A635 and continues east bound and also continues to be called the Mancunian Way.


The Mancunian Way was conceived to form part of the South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire (SELNEC) Highway Plan of 1962, although similar proposals were developed from 1959.[1] A Parliamentary Bill to authorise the construction of the the Mancunian Way was proposed and approved in 1961.

The construction was carried out in two phases: the first stage involved the construction of a dual carriageway of 950 yd to the east of the A6 road in November 1963 and was opened to traffic as part of the A636 road in November 1965. The second stage was the construction, from December 1964, of a 0.6 mi (1 km) long elevated highway of a motorway standard which ran between the A6 and A56 roads. The second stage was open to traffic as part of the A57 road in March 1967.

The Mancunian Way was officially opened by Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, on 5 May, 1967. In the 1970s it was upgraded to motorway status as the A57(M) and the speed limit was raised to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).[2] At the time of its opening the Manchester Evening News referred to it as the "highway in the sky".[3]

In 1992 the westbound junction was rebuilt to replace a temporary flyover, whereby the A56 passed over a roundabout where the A57(M) originally ended. At the same time a new flyover was built at the eastern end, over the A6, but was legally designated as the A635(M) in 1995.[4]



Just before the junction with the A34 is an unfinished slip road (stub) that ends in mid-air, although it is hidden from the road by an advertising billboard. This was intended to be part of a dual carriageway into the city centre,[5] but was abandoned when it was realised that the ramp would send traffic the wrong way down a one-way street.[6]

The last ½ mile (0.80 km) of the Mancunian Way in the east is part of the A635, the A57 heading south east from the same junction as the A6, though it clearly states A57(M) on the signage as you enter westbound. However, Department for Transport documentation states differently [7].

Cultural references

  • The road is referenced in the BBC television drama Life On Mars. The central character, Sam Tyler, is knocked down by a car and "awakens" in 1973. The accident occurs by the Mancunian Way, and when he awakens, he does so on wasteland, with a nearby billboard advertising the planned "Highway in the Sky". Of course, the road was long completed by 1973.
  • The 2006 Take That album Beautiful World includes a track entitled "Mancunian Way", which concerns the subject of Manchester generally.


Note: motorway has no junction numbers
Ramp stub off the Mancunian Way at the junction with the A34
A57(M) Motorway
Eastbound exits Junction Westbound exits
Road continues as A635 to Ashton-under-Lyne & Oldham Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Hyde A6
Sheffield (A57)
Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Hyde A6
Sheffield (A57)
Start of Motorway
UMIST, Wilmslow, Cheadle, A34 No Exit
No exit Didsbury, Birmingham, Manchester Airport, Chester, A5103
Didsbury, Birmingham, Manchester Airport, Chester A5103 No exit
Start of Motorway Stretford, Sale, Castlefield, G-Mex A56
Stretford, Sale, Castlefield, G-Mex A56 Road continues as A57 to Salford and M602

See also


  1. ^ "A57(M)/A635(M) Mancunian Way". The Motorway Archive. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  2. ^ Rural Roads Old Maps Page - This page shows a selection of maps that show the road as A class when opened and later on as a motorway.
  3. ^ Manchester Evening News, Manchester Online - Eyewitness in Manchester Newsletter
  4. ^ Department for Transport (1995-12-14). Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 3266. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  5. ^ Manchester Evening News, Manchester Online - Eyewitness in Manchester Newsletter Photo & Description
  6. ^ CBRD Motorway Database - A57(M)
  7. ^ Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 3266

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Coordinates: 53°28′13″N 2°14′37″W / 53.47028°N 2.24361°W / 53.47028; -2.24361


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