Apart from the approaches to its terminal roundabouts, the motorway is three lanes throughout. It starts at Switch Island north of Liverpool and passes directly underneath the Merseyrail Northern Line. before striking out across open countryside and into Lancashire south of Maghull and Bickerstaffe. It then curves south westerly south of Skelmersdale before reaching the M6 at Orrell
Since 1949 an upgrade of the Wigan to Ormskirk route had been proposed to improve traffic flows, yet with the decision in 1961 to develop Skelmersdale as a new town, the proposals were revised to provide a link to the M6 at one end and Liverpool at the other.
The first part of the road was opened in March 1968 as the Skelmersdale Regional Road between what is now junctions 4 & 5. It was originally a two lane single carriageway road that was upgraded to two-lane plus with hard shoulders in 1973.
The next stage was to connect this road to the M6 and construction on this part began in 1968 and it was opened to traffic in October 1970 as all-purpose dual carriageway. Now junctions 5 to 6, this road was upgraded to dual three lanes with a hard shoulder in 1977. These roads were upgraded to motorway status in 1977.
Construction on Switch Island to junction 4 section began in 1978 with the road opening between April and September 1980.
Lancashire County Council had in 1949 also proposed a Wigan to Bolton road. Bridges had been built on the M61 to allow for this eventual continuation. Later plans saw the road downgraded to an A road; it would have reached the M61 between junctions 5 and 6.
|mile||Eastbound exits||Junction||Westbound exits|
|17.5|| The North West, Preston, The South, Manchester, Warrington M6
|Start of motorway|
|15.7||Skelmersdale (West), Upholland (A577)||J5||Skelmersdale (West), Upholland (A577)|
|14.0||Skelmersdale (East & Central) (A5068)||J4||Skelmersdale (East & Central) (A5068)|
|12.4||Southport (A570), Ormskirk, St Helens, Rainford (A570)||J3||Southport (A570), Ormskirk, St Helens, Rainford (A570)|
|8.6||No access||J1||Kirkby, Maghull (A506), Southport (A5147)|
|6.5||Start of motorway|| M57, J7
| Liverpool (Central), Southport, Ormskirk (A59)|
Docks, Bootle (A5036)
Kirkby, Widnes (M57)
Note: There is no Junction 2.
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about M58 motorway)
- Motorway Database – M58
- Lancashire County Council – Historic Highways – M58
- The Motorway Archive – M58
|Motorways in the United Kingdom|
Great Britain: M1 • M2 • M3 • M4 • M5 • M6 • M6 Toll • M8 • M9 • M10 • M11 • M18 • M20 • M23 • M25 • M26 • M27 • M32 • M40 • M42 • M45 • M48 • M49 • M50 • M53 • M54 • M55 • M56 • M57 • M58 • M60 • M61 • M62 • M63 • M65 • M66 • M67 • M69 • M73 • M74 • M77 • M80 • M85 • M90 • M180 • M181 • M271 • M275 • M602 • M606 • M621 • M876 • M898 • Sections of A road: A1(M)
Former motorways marked in italics