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An unused road may reference a road or slip road that was partially or fully constructed but was unused[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] or later closed.[10][11][12] An unused ramp can be referred to as a stub ramp,[13] stub street,[14][2][15] stub-out,[2] or simply stub.[16][17] The following is a list of such locations within the United Kingdom:



Unused slip road at the junction of the A57(M) with the A34
  • In Manchester, the A57(M) motorway has an unfinished slip road that hangs 20 feet in the air. It is hidden from view from the road. It had been constructed incorrectly and if completed would have taken traffic the wrong way down a one-way street.[18][19]
  • Newcastle has two ramp stubs on the northbound Central Motorway East (originally A1(M), now A167(M)), links from a proposed Central Motorway East By-pass (A third northbound link was opened as the local access from Camden Street).[21]
  • In Surrey, the M23 begins with junction seven and has a ramp stub that was intended to extend the M23 further into London.[22][23]
  • On many early rural motorways, ramp stubs can be found at locations proposed for Motorway Service Areas. Sites for services were designated at regular intervals, about 12 or 13 miles apart, and the ramp stubs built as part of the original motorway construction. Land adjacent to the motorway was often obtained for the future services - usually a neat circular or hexagonal plot that is easily identified on aerial photos: e.g., M18 near Hatfield. While many of these original sites were opened as service areas, those remaining unused are now unlikely ever to be developed, either because the sites are too small and restricted, or because they're just in the wrong place: Doncaster North services recently opened less than 2 miles from the ramp stubs at Hatfield.[24]
The abandoned Thurmaston Lane in Leicester
  • Improvement works in 1987 rerouted the A47 in Rutland near Wardley resulting in an unused stretch of carriageway being left behind which functions only as access to a transmitting station.[25]
  • When a new bypass was built in the north of Leicester, the old Thurmaston Lane was made obsolete.[27] The road was not however, subject to demolition and now lies gated off, abandoned and dilapidated.


Stubs on M8 at West Street
  • Glasgow's M8 motorway has several ramp stubs built for the abandoned Inner Ring Road. The most famous examples are the West Street ramps at Junction 20 (Kingston),[28] and another pair can be found at Junction 15 (Townhead).[29][30] There are also ramp stubs on the westbound M8 between junctions 16 and 17, for an unbuilt motorway leading out to the north and west.[31][32]

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  1. ^ "US&R and NY-TF1 Practice for the Real Thing." City of New York 20 June 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [1].
  2. ^ a b c "Kentucky Model Access Management Ordinance." Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Oct. 2004. 15 Jan. 2007 [2].
  3. ^ "Barrie (City) v. 1606533 Ontario Inc.", 2005 CanLII 24746 (ON S.C.). 15 Jan. 2007 [3].
  4. ^ Iowa House. 1998. House File 686., 77th, H.R. 0686. [4] [5].
  5. ^ "PETITIONED PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT." New York City. 15 Jan. 2007 [6].
  6. ^ House. 1993. LAND TITLE AMENDMENT ACT, 1993. 35th Parliament, 2nd sess., H.R. 78. [7].
  7. ^ Munroe, Tapan. "TRENDS ANALYSIS for PARKS & RECREATION: 2000 AND BEYOND." California Park & Recreation Society Jan. 1999. 15 Jan. 2007 [8]
  8. ^ "Chapter 5: Detailed Comparison of Alternatives – Seattle." SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, Washington Department of Transportation, 2 May. 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [9] [10].
  9. ^ Anderson, Steve. "CT 11 Expressway." New York City Roads. 15 Jan. 2007 [11].
  10. ^ "Leasing of Closed Highways Regulation", Alta. Reg. 36/1986. 15 Jan. 2007 [12].
  11. ^ "R. v. Sanders", 2004 NBPC 12 (CanLII). 15 Jan. 2007 [13].
  12. ^ "HIGHWAY CLOSINGS", R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 599. 15 Jan. 2007 [14].
  13. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation Public Transportation and Rail Division Monthly News, October 2006, page 4PDF (286 KiB), accessed December 28, 2006
  14. ^ Sommer, Dick. "Ten Ways to Manage Roadway Access in Your Community." Ohio Department of Transportation, 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [15].
  15. ^ Bauserman, Christian E. "DELAWARE COUNTY ENGINEER’S DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & SURVEYING STANDARDS." 18 May, 1998. 15 Jan. 2007 [16].
  16. ^ Geiger, Gene. "Ohio DOT Constructs I-670 over a Water Treatment Sludge Lagoon in Columbus." Ohio LTAP Quarterly. Ohio Department of Transportation. 15:3 (1999) [17].
  17. ^ "CITY OF UNION, KENTUCKY." City of Union, Kentucky 23 June 2006. 15 Jan. 2007 [18].
  18. ^ Google Maps
  19. ^ Pathetic Motorways - A57(M) Ghost Ramp
  20. ^ Google Map; last accessed 2008-08-20
  21. ^ Google Local (UK) overhead photo
  22. ^ Google Maps
  23. ^ CBRD - Histories - M23
  24. ^ Motorways Services Online - Doncaster (North) services
  25. ^ Unused Stretch of A47, Rutland on Wikimapia
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  28. ^,-4.268467&spn=0.002523,0.010815&t=h&om=1
  29. ^,-4.235643&spn=0.001261,0.005407&t=k&iwloc=addr
  30. ^,-4.237064&spn=0.001261,0.005407&t=k&iwloc=addr
  31. ^,-4.257588&spn=0.002522,0.010815&t=k&iwloc=addr
  32. ^ Photographs and explanation on "ski ramps"

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