A61 road

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Major junctions
From Derby
Major intersectionsA52
UK road A608.svg A608
UK road A6175.svg A6175
UK road A617.svg A617
UK road A619.svg A619
UK road A6107.svg A6107
UK road A621.svg A621
UK road A6101.svg A6101
UK road A6102.svg A6102
UK road A629.svg A629
UK road A616.svg A616
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UK road A6195.svg A6195
UK road A6133.svg A6133
UK road A635.svg A635
UK road A628.svg A628
UK road A633.svg A633
UK road A6186.svg A6186
UK road A638.svg A638
UK road A642.svg A642
UK road A650.svg A650
UK road A654.svg A654
UK road A639.svg A639
UK-Motorway-M1.svg M1
UK-Motorway-M621.svg M621
UK road A653.svg A653
UK road A64.svg A64
UK road A6120.svg A6120
UK road A659.svg A659
UK road A658.svg A658
UK road A6040.svg A6040
UK road A6108.svg A6108
UK road A167.svg A167
UK road A170.svg A170
To Thirsk
Country United Kingdom
Road network
UK road A60.svg A60 UK road A62.svg A62

The A61 is a major trunk road in England connecting Derby and Thirsk in North Yorkshire by way of Alfreton, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon. The road is closely paralleled by the M1 motorway between Derby and Leeds.



The A61 at the Sheepscar Interchange (its interchange with the A58 and the Leeds Inner Ring Road), in Sheepscar, Leeds. Sheepscar Interchange.jpg
The A61 at the Sheepscar Interchange (its interchange with the A58 and the Leeds Inner Ring Road), in Sheepscar, Leeds.

Heading south, the road begins as single carriageway from Thirsk which bypasses Ripon and travels towards Harrogate, eventually passing through Harrogate town centre. Here, the road divides into two major one-way streets which enclose the town centre and run along The Stray, a 200-acre (0.81 km2) stretch of grassland in Harrogate. As Leeds Road, it then passes through the southern suburbs of Harrogate before meeting the A658 near the village of Pannal. The A61 continues through Harewood before approaching the north's metropolis, where a sudden urban fringe approaches. As the road enters Leeds and crosses the A6120 outer ring road, the road becomes Scott Hall Road, a main dual carriageway (or Trunk Road) and artery for north Leeds. There are sections of guided bus route using kerb guidance near Potternewton. Here, the A61 rises slightly, and a panoramic view of Leeds skyline is revealed. The descent into Leeds is quick and the road soon turns into a multi-lane road, as it approaches Sheepscar Interchange. Fast-flowing traffic is directed onto the A61, although some traffic is directed off the A61 to avoid Leeds City Centre as it routes around the back of Quarry House. The A61 meets it shortly after, as it shares the city centre loop for a short distance. After crossing the river, the road splits again before taking traffic out to the motorways. The road then continues out of Leeds towards Wakefield and Barnsley. South of Barnsley it crosses the M1 at Junction 36 then heads towards Sheffield. Between the M1 at Junction 36 and the Westwood roundabout intersection with the A616, the road is designated as a trunk road under the responsibility of Highways England.

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Northwards past Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Stadium

The A61 travels into Sheffield through Grenoside and Hillsborough, passing next to the Sheffield Wednesday football stadium as Penistone Road. It continues down to Shalesmoor and at this point it forms a major artery into the City Centre from the north, becoming the Sheffield Inner Ring Road (which is labelled as A61 all the way around). It meets the A57 twice; at Park Square and Brookhill roundabout. At Junction 4 (Bramall Lane) of the Sheffield Inner Ring Road, is a spur road the A621 – Bramall Lane, this road takes you past the western side of Sheffield United's stadium and back onto the A61 as Queens Road. The A621 is used as a shortcut, instead of continuing on the Sheffield Inner Ring Road to Junction 3 (Granville Square), where it meets Queens Road further north. The A61 then continues through Heeley as Chesterfield Road and climbs up to Norton and onto Bowshaw roundabout. Between Sheffield and Chesterfield it is a dual carriageway, avoids Dronfield and Unstone as the eponymous by-pass. The road used to go through Chesterfield town centre, passing by the famous crooked spire, but was heavily congested. This was alleviated by the construction of the Chesterfield bypass in the 1980s on the alignment of the former Great Central Railway. The road reverts to single carriageway south of Chesterfield, passing through Clay Cross and Alfreton.

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Southwards past Chesterfield

South of Alfreton, the A61 merges with the dual carriageway A38, but the old A61 continues as the B6179 through Swanwick and Denby, meeting the A38 again just north of the city. The A61 road continues towards the city centre along Sir Frank Whittle Road until it finally ends at the junction with the A52 near to the headquarters of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Road safety

In June 2008 a 6.2-mile (10.0 km) stretch of the A61 between Barnsley and Wakefield was named as the most dangerous road in Britain, when motorcycle accidents were excluded. [1] In the latest EuroRAP findings from the Road Safety Foundation, this stretch of road was also found to be the most dangerous road in Yorkshire and Humber. With 22 fatal and serious injury accidents in the three years analysed (20042006), this single carriageway route was rated as Red – the second highest risk category. [2]

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  1. "EuroRAP 2008: GB Tracking Survey Results" (PDF). EuroRAP. 30 June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  2. "GB A61 (Risk Rate)". EuroRAP. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2009.

Coordinates: 53°34′02″N1°28′19″W / 53.56713°N 1.47182°W / 53.56713; -1.47182