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M181 shield
M181 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by North Lincolnshire Council
Length1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Major junctions
South endEast Butterwick
Major intersections

M180 motorway
UK-Motorway-A1077 (M).svg

A1077(M) motorway
North endScunthorpe
CountryUnited Kingdom
Road network
M180 M271

The M181 is a motorway that links the town of Scunthorpe, England, to the M180 motorway. A spur of the M180, the road is virtually straight through its entire 2-mile (3.2 km) length. It was opened in December 1978,[1] at the same time as the section of M180 from junction 3 (A15) to the east side of the River Trent (the bridge was not opened until late 1979).


M181 north. From Brumby Common Lane bridge
M181 north. From Brumby Common Lane bridge

It begins just outside Scunthorpe, at the junction of the A1077 and A18. There is an out-of-town retail park, known locally as Gallagher Retail Park, which offers a variety of food and retail outlets, and Glanford Park, the home of Scunthorpe United Football Club at this junction. At the other end, the road has a junction for the M180 east, while the main carriageway merges with the M180 west. It has no intermediate junctions. It is built to typical British motorway standards, being two lanes in each direction, plus a hard shoulder for its entire length.

On 16 January 2019 as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development, North Lincolnshire Council gave the green light for construction of a new roundabout junction along the M181 with the B1450 Burringham Road which would form the terminus of the motorway.[2] Work began on this new junction in June 2020. Further plans have seen a new roundabout constructed at the southern end of the motorway at which point the M181 will lose its motorway status, with the northern section becoming the A1077 (temporarily A1077(M)) and the southern section becoming the M180 access slips to junction 3.


County Location mi km Junction Destinations Notes
Lincolnshire Scunthorpe 0 0 [coord 1] M180  - Doncaster, Grimsby
1.5 2.4 [coord 2]
UK-Motorway-A1077 (M).svg
A1077(M) - Scunthorpe
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

*Ceremonial Counties

Coordinate list
  1. ^ 53°33′22″N 0°42′36″W / 53.556°N 0.710°W / 53.556; -0.710 (Junction 3 of M180)
  2. ^ 53°34′34″N 0°42′00″W / 53.576°N 0.700°W / 53.576; -0.700

See also


  1. ^ Hansard
  2. ^ Scunthorpe Telegraph, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Route map:

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