M180 North Lincolnshire Motorway

Where is it?

The north of Lincolnshire, just south of the Humber River. The westernmost end pops over the Yorkshire border for a quick hello.

Can you show me that on a map?


What makes this a pathetic motorway?

It murdered the A18(M)!!!

Stop being daft now. Give me a real reason!

Well, it's quite long for a Pathetic Motorway...

Get on with it!

OK, it's empty of traffic. Except for miles upon miles of trucks. I have never been on any motorway with such a high proportion of HGVs.

Its entire point is to speed these trucks to the docks at Grimsby and Immingham, and it doesn't manage to do that properly. It gives up 15 miles too soon, and turns into the A180. The A180 is one of these so-called "Expressways": A motorway done on the cheap with no hard shoulders.

And it's deadly dull, like its spur, the M181.

Can I see some photographs now?

Of course!

Can I comment on this motorway?

Of course! Contact me and I'll put them here!

Have any other visitors commented?

Comments prior to September 2007 can be found in the relevant archive.

Mick Turner's not keen on the M180 [September 07]:

Without a doubt one of the top 5 dullest motorways in the United Kingdom. No wonder it has a history of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. As a lifelong resident of Grimsby I personally find the westbound journey less dull, possibly because you know you're venturing further than Scunthorpe. The eastbound journey is 25 miles in length but it could be 50 it's that dull, with the constant feeling your in the middle of nowhere, heading to the end of the earth!

The M180 does have the odd good point though because if you live in the Grimsby or Scunthorpe, it would be hell travelling North without it. Due to the quietness even at peak times, its a good road for younger drivers to build their motorway experience on. This motorway came in useful when giving my son some advice for motorway driving. Unfortunately that's about it with regards good points. As for the A180 that really is the road to hell, its about time it was upgraded to a proper motorway standard and became part of the M180.


North Lincolnshire Motorway





25 miles

40 km





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