SD7025 : Junction 5 along the M65 motorway

taken 3 years ago, near to Belthorn, Lancashire, Great Britain

Junction 5 along the M65 motorway
Junction 5 along the M65 motorway
In the distance is the Jubilee Tower on the summit of Darwen Hill, 1,220 feet (372 metres) above sea-level.
The M65 Motorway, Lancashire
The M65 motorway runs for 28 miles, from just south of the major junction of the M6 and M61 motorways near Preston, eastward past Darwen, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and ends at Colne. One of the original aims of the motorway was to promote the economically declining Calder Valley by connecting it to the motorway network (although a link to the conurbations of Manchester and/or Leeds might have been more appropriate for that purpose).

The first section, connecting Burnley to Brierfield, opened in 1981 with several extensions made over the years until it finally reached the M61 in 1997 when the link from Whitebirk was completed. Much of the 1997 extension was relaid shortly after it opened with a new, quieter tarmac because the amount of road noise had been so great that it prevented birds of prey (mainly owls) from foraging effectively.

The M65 is one of the few motorways in England that is not operated and maintained exclusively by the Highways Agency (the body responsible for the motorways and main trunk roads in England). The section from junction 10, Burnley, to the motorway’s eastern terminus at junction 14, Colne, is operated and maintained by Lancashire County Council.

LinkExternal link (SABRE) A detailed overview of the origins of the Calder Valley Fast Route, and the obstacles faced in delivering the project.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 May, 2018
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Motorway (from Tags)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 708 258 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:43.6721N 2:26.5793W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 709 259
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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