The M65 Motorway, Lancashire :: Shared Description

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.
by David Dixon
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SD7631 : Footbridge over the M65 Motorway by David Dixon
SD7631 : Footbridge across the M65 motorway by Mat Fascione
SD7025 : Junction 5 along the M65 motorway by Mat Fascione
SD7831 : Towpath along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by Mat Fascione
SD7329 : Westbound M65 Motorway by David Dixon
SD7931 : M65 Motorway near Hapton by David Dixon
SD6524 : Westbound M65 by David Dixon
SD7631 : M65 Near Huncoat by David Dixon
SD8332 : Whittlefield Bridge Aqueduct over the M65 by David Dixon
SD7631 : Footbridge across the M65 motorway by Mat Fascione
SD6924 : Railway Bridge over Westbound M65 by David Dixon
SD7229 : Westbound M65, Footbridge at Rishton Golf Course by David Dixon
SD6724 : M65 Motorway by David Dixon
SD8232 : Gannow Green Bridges, Leeds and Liverpool Canal by David Dixon
SD7731 : M65, Altham Lane Bridge by David Dixon
SD6324 : Westbound M65 Approaching Junction 3 by David Dixon
SD8232 : Motorway bridges crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by Mat Fascione
SD7025 : M65 Motorway and Darwen Hill by David Dixon
SD8333 : M65 at Whittlefield by David Dixon
SD6624 : M65 Motorway by David Dixon
SD5924 : Westbound M65 Approaching Junction 2 by David Dixon
SD7329 : M65 motorway towards junction 7 by Mat Fascione
SD7127 : Westbound M65, Haslingden Old Road Bridge by David Dixon
SD7731 : M65, Approaching Junction 8 by David Dixon
SD7229 : Westbound M65 Approaching Junction 6 by David Dixon

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Created: Wed, 9 Apr 2014, Updated: Wed, 9 Apr 2014

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