Letter: Rochdale has been removed from virtually all M62 and M60 signs in the recent creation of the ‘Smart Motorway’
Date published: 10 September 2018
Rochdale has been removed from virtually all M62 and M60 signs in the recent creation of the ‘Smart Motorway’
Anti-clockwise on the M60 Rochdale is signposted off at the A663 Broadway exit, treated no differently than Chadderton.
Clockwise there is now no sign at all for Rochdale on the M60.
The signs at the junction where the M66 leaves have gone and the only destinations signposted are ‘Huddersfield and Leeds’, formerly it was ‘Rochdale, Huddersfield, Leeds'.
Over twenty years ago the Department for Transport tried to get rid of motorway signs to Rochdale, they largely succeeded so we were no longer signposted off the M6, but a concerted local campaign made them retain Rochdale at a number of M62 and M60 junctions.
Has someone got out the old plans and followed them rather than realising that the signposting proposed then and now imposed is totally inadequate.
Oldham, Bolton, Wigan, Bury and Burnley have dozens of signs.
Dozens of road signs in north Salford and north Manchester show that for Rochdale you are intended to use the M62, but as you near the motorway at Heaton Park, Rochdale completely disappears from the signs.
Many, but not all, drivers will probably join the M60 North which is correct, but the motorway immediately splits into three, Liverpool, Preston, Bolton, Bury, Burnley and Leeds all have numerous signs, but Rochdale not a one.
What on earth is the justification for leading Rochdale-bound drivers as far as the M60 and then abandoning them, unless they somehow miraculously manage to get as far as Heywood when their routing is confirmed.
Even several strategically placed large signs saying ‘For Rochdale follow Leeds’ would be an improvement.
Maybe it is because the motorway link to Rochdale is designated the clumsy ‘A627 (M)’ instead of a more straightforward ‘M627’.
Richard S Greenwood
The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.
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