Thurcroft Interchange

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Thurcroft Interchange
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Thurcroft Interchange from the south west, along the M18, in February 2006; it is junction 32 of the M1
South Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°23′N1°17′W / 53.39°N 1.28°W / 53.39; -1.28 Coordinates: 53°23′N1°17′W / 53.39°N 1.28°W / 53.39; -1.28
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Constructedby W. & C. French (M18), Tarmac (M1 south), and Dowsett Engineering (M1 north and the Thurcroft Link)
Opened21 December 1967 (1967-12-21)
Maintained by Highways Agency

The Thurcroft Interchange is a large motorway junction in South Yorkshire (the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham).

South Yorkshire County of England

South Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011. It has an area of 1,552 square kilometres (599 sq mi) and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. South Yorkshire was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972.Its largest settlement is Sheffield.

Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham Metropolitan borough in England

The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England. It is named after its largest town, Rotherham, but also spans the outlying towns of Maltby, Rawmarsh, Swinton, Wath-upon-Dearne, and also Dinnington and Laughton as well as a suburban and rural element composed of hills, escarpments and broad valleys.




Early designs for the M1 show the extension to Sheffield and Leeds at what is now the Aston Interchange (A57). The draft scheme for the 87 miles from Crick to Doncaster was first published on 8 January 1960, where the extension to Leeds was now north of the Aston Interchange; all the junctions shown are those that would be built. The route was fixed on 7 October 1960. The M1 north of Crick began construction in early August 1962. On 3 September 1962, the draft scheme for the 34-mile extension to Leeds was published; the section was known as the Sheffield-Leeds Motorway.

The contract for junction 31 to 34 for £5,979,680 was awarded to Dowsett Engineering (Construction) Ltd (Dow-Mac) on 16 June 1965. South of the interchange, the Barlborough to Thurcroft 7.2-mile £4.56m contract was awarded to Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd in October 1965.

The M1 section west of the junction and the M1 section south of the junction to Barlborough opened on 21 December 1967.


On 26 January 1966, the £5,080,309 contract for 8.5-mile section of the M18 was given to W. & C. French. At this time, 37 miles of the M1, north of Crick, were open to Kegworth Interchange (junction 24) from December 1965, and the M18 was expected to be built in two years. The northern part of the interchange was known as the Thurcroft Link or the Thurcroft Motorway Link. [1]

W. & C. French, also known just as French, was a civil engineering company based at Buckhurst Hill in south-west Essex.

Kegworth a village located in Kegworth, United Kingdom

Kegworth is a large village and civil parish in the North West Leicestershire district of Leicestershire, in the English East Midlands region. It forms part of the border with Nottinghamshire and is situated 6 miles north of Loughborough, 12 miles southwest of Nottingham, 12.5 miles southeast of Derby and 17 miles north of Leicester. The population at the 2011 census was measured at 3,601.

The M18 section opened on 21 December 1967. [2] [3] The new section of the M1 from Barlborough to Thurcroft, and the M18, was 15.5 miles long.


Work began in mid-June 1965 for the 6.5-mile section between junction 31 at Aston and junction 34; it was the second section of the M1 in Yorkshire to be constructed, after the section from junctions 42-44 began in May 1965. It was planned to complete this section by the autumn of 1967. At this time, the main M1 was known as the Crick-Doncaster Motorway. Two hundred and seventy houses would be demolished near junction 34 of the M1. The design of the Sheffield-Leeds M1 extension, including the Thurcroft Interchange, was done by West Riding County Council; it did not design the M18. The prestressed concrete beams for the section of the M1 from junctions 31-34 were made by Dow-Mac at Tallington in Lincolnshire.

Crick, Northamptonshire village in the United Kingdom

Crick is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. It is close to the border with Warwickshire, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Rugby and 14 miles (23 km) north-west of Northampton. The villages of Crick and West Haddon were by-passed by the A428 main road from Rugby to Northampton when the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) was built in 1996. The terminal is a short distance east of junction 18 of the M1 motorway, which is next to Crick. Crick's population in the 2001 census was 1,460, increasing to 1,886 at the 2011 census.

Doncaster Town in South Yorkshire, England

Doncaster is a large town in South Yorkshire, England. Together with its surrounding suburbs and settlements, the town forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, which had a mid-2017 est. population of 308,900. The town itself has a population of 109,805 The Doncaster Urban Area had a population of 158,141 in 2011 and includes Doncaster and neighbouring small villages. Part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, Doncaster is about 17 miles (30 km) north-east of Sheffield, with which it is served by an international airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Finningley. Under the Local Government Act 1972, Doncaster was incorporated into a newly created metropolitan borough in 1974, itself incorporated with other nearby boroughs in the 1974 creation of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire.

West Riding County Council (WRCC) was the county council of the administrative county of the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1974. The council met at County Hall in Wakefield.

Work began in October 1965 for the section of the M1 from Barlborough to Thurcroft.

Work began in January 1966 for the M18 section north of the Thurcroft Interchange.


The eastern part (M18) of the interchange is in Thurcroft, the western side (M1) is in Ulley, and the northern part (the main interconnecting slip roads) is in Whiston, South Yorkshire. The junction is barely one mile north of the Aston Interchange (A57, junction 31).

Thurcroft village in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England

Thurcroft is a village and civil parish situated southeast of Rotherham in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. From 1902 to 1991, it was a close-knit, mining community. It has a population of 5,296, increasing to 6,900 at the 2011 Census.

Ulley village in the United Kingdom

Ulley is a village and civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 172. It is located about 4 miles (6 km) south of the town of Rotherham and 7 miles (11 km) east of Sheffield City Centre.

Whiston, South Yorkshire village and civil parish in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Whiston is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 5,115, reducing to 5,042 at the 2011 Census.

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