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M621 motorway
UK motorway M621.PNG

Road of the United Kingdom

Length 8 miles (12.9 km)
Direction Semicircular; Clockwise
Start Gildersome
Primary destinations Leeds
End Rothwell
Construction dates 1972 - 1975
Motorways joined UK-Motorway-M62.svg
M62 motorway
M1 motorway

The M621 motorway is a short loop of motorway in England that takes traffic into central Leeds between the M1 and M62 motorways.



The first section of the M621 to open, known at the time as the 'South West Urban Motorway', extends from the M62 to Junction 3 in central Leeds where it used to terminate at a roundabout which was also the terminus of the M1 motorway. This section opened in stages, from the M62 to Junction 1 in 1971, and from Junction 1 to Junction 3 in 1973.[1]

When the M1 was diverted away from Leeds when the 'M1 - A1 Lofthouse to Bramham' extension opened in 1999[2] adjustments were made to Junction 3 and the Leeds section of the M1 was re-designated as M621 (Junctions 3-7).[1]

It acquired a role as the southern flank of the inner ring road once the seventh and final stage of the Leeds Inner Ring Road was complete in 2008.


M621 junction 4 sliproad at Hunslet.
M621 Motorway
Clockwise exits Junction Anti-clockwise exits
Start of Motorway M62, J27 Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool M62
Batley, Dewsbury A62
Farnley, White Rose Centre A6110 J1 Farnley, White Rose Centre A6110
Armley, Elland Road A643 J2 Armley, Elland Road A643
No access J2a Holbeck
City Centre A653 J3 City Centre A653
Hunslet (A61) J4 Hunslet (A61)
No access J5 Beeston
Belle Isle, Leeds, Middleton, Leeds J6 No access
Stourton (M1 North, A1) A639 J7 Stourton, Leeds (East) A639
The SOUTH, London, Wakefield M1 M1, J43 Start of motorway


M1 and M621 interchange
A view of central Leeds from the M621, Junction 6
Looking north east with Leeds in the distance


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