The new millennium brought many things to Manchester; a promotion for City into the Premier League, a conviction for serial killer Harold Shipman and a 40th birthday for Coronation Street.
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It also brought the completion of the M60, a step that gave Manchester its own version of London's M25 Orbital.
In fact, Manchester's motorway can claim to be one better than London's, as it forms a complete ring around the city (London's is broken by the Thames).
The completion of the section between Junction 19 (Middleton) and Junction 24 (Denton) in October 2000 finished off a motorway which had been started, in one way or another, 40 years before.
No sooner had it opened, than the motorway got close to its projected maximum volume on some sections.
In fact, it has become so busy since that in 2004, the Northern section between Kearsley and Prestwich was actually the UK's busiest stretch of motorway.