Ouse Bridge

The Ouse Bridge carries the M62 between junctions 36 and 37 over the River Ouse, north of Goole.


Traffic to and from Hull to the A1 historically went over Boothferry Bridge on the A614.

The position of the bridge and the M62 resulted from a study carried out in 1964 by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners. They would also design the bridge. It is a haunched girder bridge.

In the early stages an immersed tube tunnel was considered, which was thought to be too expensive. 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) of the River Ouse had to be bridged. The gradient of the road on the approach to the bridge is 1 in 33.

The Ouse Bridge Contract for £6.75 million (£71 million in today’s figures) was awarded in January 1973 to a consortium of Costain Civil Engineering and Redpath Dorman Long.

It was opened on 24 May 1976. It was the last section of the main part of the M62 to open.

Birch Services

Could the Birch Services be the unluckiest service stations in the country?

On 9th October 2003 the westbound service station at Birch was completely destroyed by a deliberately started fire. Millions of pounds worth of damage was caused.

After losing large sums of cash in a fruit machine, Jason New started kicking it to get his money back. He then went to the shop and bought a lighter, promptly setting fire to the machine. By 1am, the whole westbound side of the services were alight and evacuated. It took 70 fire-fighters four hours to bring the blaze under control.The fire started at about 0130 BST on Thursday and more than 70 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its height.

birch 2003 fire


On 4th October 2011 the eastbound services caught fire causing substantial damage. This fire was believed to be caused by an electrical fault.

birch fire 2011