M69 motorway

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M69 shield

Route information
Length: 15.7 mi (25.3 km)
Existed: 1976 (1976) – present
History: Constructed 1976–77
Major junctions
North end: Leicester
M6 motorway
Junction 3.svgUK-Motorway-M1.svg
M1 motorway
South end: Coventry
Nuneaton, Hinckley
Road network
Heading east along the road

The M69 is a 15.7-mile (25.3 km) dual three lane dual carriageway motorway in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, England. It runs between junction 21 of the M1 near Leicester and junction 2 of the M6 near Coventry. It opened in 1977.


The motorway, also known at the time as the 'Coventry – Leicester Motorway'[1] was completed in 1977 following a public inquiry in 1972.[2] It took traffic from the A46, which was subsequently downgraded.


Starting at the northeastern suburbs of Coventry at junction 2 of the M6, the motorway crosses the Coventry Canal and then continues northeast past Bulkington and west of Wolvey before turning more easterly to run south of Hinckley (Junction 2, known locally as 'Reacharound Island' because of the limited slip roads). It then crosses the Birmingham to Peterborough railway line before ending on the southwestern edge of Leicester (Junction 3, where it meets the M1).

The motorway has no services.

Proposed developments[edit]

M1/M69 Junction[edit]

There is an aspiration to construct a new slip road and road bridge for traffic travelling southbound on the M1 south to join the M69. [3]

In popular culture[edit]

Since the completion of the M69 motorway linking Coventry and Leicester, the motorway's number has given its name to the derby between the two football clubs playing in each city – Coventry City and Leicester City. These two clubs are rivals in the M69 derby.


M69 motorway junctions
Southbound exits* (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits* (A carriageway) Coordinates[4]
Road continues as to Coventry (South) and Leamington Spa via A46' M6, J2 Coventry (North), Birmingham, The South, Rugby, Kettering (A14) M6
Coventry (Central) A4600
Ansty B4065
Non-motorway traffic
52°26′14″N 1°25′24″W / 52.43724°N 1.42341°W / 52.43724; -1.42341
M6 Birmingham, Coventry (Central) A4600
Ansty B4065
Start of motorway
Nuneaton A5
Hinckley B4109
J1 Nuneaton A5
Hinckley B4109
52°30′55″N 1°21′40″W / 52.51516°N 1.36123°W / 52.51516; -1.36123
Hinckley B4669 J2 No access (on-slip only) 52°32′25″N 1°19′01″W / 52.54017°N 1.31698°W / 52.54017; -1.31698
Start of motorway J3
Leicester A5460 (A563)
The North, Nottingham, Northampton M1
52°36′04″N 1°11′46″W / 52.6011°N 1.19604°W / 52.6011; -1.19604
Note: M69 runs south-westerly / north-easterly for the entire route.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Motorways Programme HC Deb 4 May 1971 vol 816 cc332-5W". Hansard. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ The Motorway Archive – M69 Archived 16 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "M1/M69 Public Consultation Information – The new solution". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Junction coordinates from OpenStreetMap

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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