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A666
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A666 near Farnworth
Major junctions
South endPendlebury
53°30′09″N 2°18′37″W / 53.5025°N 2.3103°W / 53.5025; -2.3103 (A666 road (southern end))
Major intersectionsA6
A6044
M60
A667
M61
A6053
A575
A579
A676
A673
A6099
A58
A675
M65
A6062
A6078
A6119
A59
North endLangho
53°48′31″N 2°26′41″W / 53.8086°N 2.4448°W / 53.8086; -2.4448 (A666 road (northern end))
Location
CountryUnited Kingdom
Primary
destinations
Bolton
Blackburn
Road network

The A666 is a major road in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, England. Known as Manchester Road, Bolton Road, or Blackburn Road, depending on which area it is in, it runs from its junction with the A6, M61 and A580 at the Irlams o' th' Height boundary with Pendlebury near Manchester, through Pendlebury, Clifton, Kearsley, Farnworth, Bolton, Darwen and Blackburn before meeting the A59 at Langho. Along the route are the West Pennine Moors, the Turton and Entwistle reservoir and the Entwistle reservoir forest.

Anchor Hotel on the A666 Blackburn Road in Darwen
Anchor Hotel on the A666 Blackburn Road in Darwen

It is sometimes referred to as the Devil's Highway[1] or the Devil's Road because of Biblical associations of its number 666, and its high accident rate on the moors between Egerton and Darwen. Officially, a short length from the M61 Kearsley spur and bypassing Farnworth to central Bolton is called St. Peter's Way.

Because of a crash rate that was three times higher than motorways in the borough, with 26 vehicle collisions and crashes a year and 40 people injured, road works and other changes were introduced, including the speed limit changed from 70 mph to 50 mph, speed cameras, better safety fencing, banning cyclists from the road, and slip road changes. Finished at the start of 2000, these reduced road accidents by 60%.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "No longer the Devil's highway". Bolton Evening News. 13 February 2002. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
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Coordinates: 53°38′29″N 2°26′59″W / 53.6414°N 2.4497°W / 53.6414; -2.4497 (A666 road)