M6 motorway

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M6 shield

M6
Gravelly Hill Interchange, best known as Spaghetti Junction
Route information
Part of , and
Maintained by Highways England
Length: 232.2 mi (373.7 km)
History: Opened: 1958
Completed: 2008
Major junctions
South end: Catthorpe
52°24′02″N 1°10′31″W / 52.400442°N 1.175215°W / 52.400442; -1.175215 (M6, southern terminus)
  Junction 2.svg UK-Motorway-M69.svg
J2 → M69 motorway
Junction 3a.svg UK-Motorway-M6 Toll.svg
J3a → M6 Toll
Junction 4.svg UK-Motorway-M42.svg
J4 → M42 motorway
Junction 4a.svg UK-Motorway-M42.svg
J4a → M42 motorway
Junction 6.svg UK-Motorway-A38 (M).svg
J6 → A38(M) motorway
Junction 8.svg UK-Motorway-M5.svg
M5 motorway
Junction 10a.svg UK-Motorway-M54.svg
J10a → M54 motorway
Junction 11a.svg UK-Motorway-M6 Toll.svg
J11a → M6 Toll
Junction 20.svg UK-Motorway-M56.svg
J20 → M56 motorway
Junction 21a.svg UK-Motorway-M62.svg
J21a → M62 motorway
Junction 26.svg UK-Motorway-M58.svg
J26 → M58 motorway
Junction 29.svg UK-Motorway-M65.svg
J29 → M65 motorway
Junction 30.svg UK-Motorway-M61.svg
J30 → M61 motorway
Junction 32.svg UK-Motorway-M55.svg
J32 → M55 motorway
Junction 35.svg UK-Motorway-A601 (M).svg
J35 → A601(M) motorway
Junction 45.svg UK-Motorway-A74 (M).svg
J45 → A74(M) motorway
North end: Gretna
54°59′48″N 3°03′19″W / 54.996672°N 3.055336°W / 54.996672; -3.055336 (M6, northern terminus)
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Rugby
Coventry
Nuneaton
Birmingham
Walsall
Wolverhampton
Cannock
Stafford
Stoke-on-Trent
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Crewe
Warrington
Wigan
Preston
Lancaster
Kendal
Penrith
Carlisle
Road network

The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange, near Rugby via Birmingham then heads north, passing Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle and terminating at the Gretna junction (J45). Here, just short of the Scottish border it becomes the A74(M) which continues to Glasgow as the M74.

As of 2016, the M6, as well as combining with the length of the A14 from Brampton from junction with A1(M), the A74(M) and M74 to the junction with the M8 in Glasgow, forms the longest non-stop motorway in the United Kingdom and one of the busiest. It incorporated the Preston By-pass, the first length of motorway opened in the UK and forms part of a motorway "Backbone of Britain", running north−south between London and Glasgow via the industrial North of England. It is also part of the east−west route between the Midlands and the east-coast ports. The section from the M1 to the M6 Toll split near Birmingham forms part of the unsigned E-road E 24 and the section from the M6 Toll and the M42 forms part of E 05.

Route[edit]

The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the M1 and from the beginning of A14 in Catthorpe near Rugby in central England, passes between Coventry and Nuneaton, through Birmingham, Walsall and Stafford and near the major cities of Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent.[1] The motorway has major junctions with the M56 and M62 at Warrington, giving access to Chester, Manchester and Liverpool.[2] The M6 then heads north past Wigan, Preston and Lancaster.[3] After the latter two cities it passes through Cumbria with some parts very close to the edge of the Lake District with a short stretch within the national park boundaries and then passes Carlisle on its way to Gretna,[4] before the motorway becomes the A74(M) a few hundred metres (yards) short of the Scottish border.[5][6]

History[edit]

Planning and construction[edit]

The first section of the motorway and the first motorway in the country was the Preston By-pass. It was built by Tarmac Construction and opened by the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on 5 December 1958.[7] In January 1959 the Preston by-pass was closed because of rapid surface deterioration over a stretch of 100 yards (91 m) "due to water freezing and then thawing". Motorists were diverted to the old road while the UK road research laboratory at Harmondsworth pondered the importance of surface water drainage.[8]

Later, other sections of the motorway were constructed, and finally it was all linked together, giving an uninterrupted motorway length of 230 miles (370 km).[9][10][11]

The M6 in Cheshire

The second phase of construction was completed in 1960, forming the Lancaster by-pass. Some 100 miles (160 km) south, the Stafford by-pass was completed in 1962.[12][13] By 1965, the remaining sections of motorway Stafford–Preston and Preston–Lancaster had been completed. 1968 saw the completion of the Walsall to Stafford link as well as the Penrith by-pass some 150 miles (240 km) north in Cumberland. In 1970, the Lancaster–Penrith link was completed, along with a short section of motorway by-passing the south of Walsall. The most northerly section of the motorway also opened in 1970, running to the designated terminus north of Carlisle. By 1971,[12] the full route was completed between the junction with the M1 motorway at Rugby and the A38 road several miles north-east of Birmingham city centre, including Bromford Viaduct between Castle Bromwich (J5) and Gravelly Hill (J6), which at 3½ miles is the longest viaduct in Great Britain.[14][15]

Junction 6 in Birmingham is widely known as Spaghetti Junction because of its complexity. On the elevated ground between Shap and Tebay, the north- and south-bound carriages split apart.[16] At this point a local road (to Scout Green) runs between the two carriageways without a link to the motorway.[17]

The section of the M6 that runs over Shap Fell in Cumbria is 1,050 ft (320 m) above sea level, one of the highest points on any motorway in the UK (junction 22 of the M62 on Saddleworth Moor is higher). The motorway engineers here chose to follow the route of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway engineered by Joseph Locke (now part of the West Coast Main Line) where the motorway runs in a split-level cutting above the railway in the descent from Shap Fell through the Lune Gorge into southern Cumbria.[18]

The northbound entry slip road at Lancaster (junction 34) was unusually short, presenting problems for traffic joining the motorway. The M6 crosses the River Lune at this point and unless the bridge had been made wider, there was no space to build a longer slip road. This junction was upgraded from an earlier emergency-vehicles-only access point, which explains the substandard design.[19] The construction of the Heysham to M6 Link Road (The Bay Gateway) has completely re-modelled this junction with a wide additional bridge over the River Lune and other works repositioning slip roads with new acceleration lanes to modern standards.

The route was originally intended to replace the old A6, which it does along the northern section starting with the Preston Bypass. However, a much closer approximation to the overall actual route of the M6 (heading north from its southern terminus) is provided by following the A45, A34, A50, A49, then the A6.[20] South of Preston, the A6 route is instead supplemented by the M61 as far as Manchester, with the M60 acting as a bypass around the city. South of Manchester, there is no true motorway replacement for the old road. The M1 acts as a bypass for long-distance traffic in the south, from the Kegworth junction near Nottingham, to Luton and St. Albans near London; but, it is not an alternative for local traffic as the routes diverge by more than 15 miles while passing through Northamptonshire. Across the Pennines, the old road remains the main local through-route, and long-distance fast traffic between Derby and Manchester must instead take either the A50 and M6, or M1 and M62.[21]

Operational[edit]

In July 1972 the UK Minister for Transport Industries announced that 86 miles (138 km) of UK motorway particularly prone to fog would benefit from lighting in a project which "should be" completed by 1973.[22] Sections to be illuminated included the M6 between junctions 10 and 11, and between junctions 20 and 27.[22]

In March 2006, after 15 years of debate,[23] the government authorised the construction of a 6-mile (9.7 km) extension of the M6 from its then northern terminus near Carlisle to the Anglo-Scottish border at Gretna (the so-called "Cumberland Gap"), where it links into the existing A74(M).[24] The road opened on 5 December 2008, the 50th anniversary of the M6 Preston By-pass.[25] The project, which was a mixture of new road and upgrade of the existing A74, crosses the West Coast Main Line and had an estimated costs of £174 million. It completed an uninterrupted motorway from just south of Dunblane (via the M9, the recently opened M80 section near Cumbernauld and the M73) in the north to Exeter (via the M5) and to London (via both the M42/M40 and the M1) in the south.[26]

The M6 Toll, Britain's first toll motorway, which bypasses the West Midlands conurbation to the east and north of Birmingham and Walsall and was built to alleviate congestion through the West Midlands, and opened in December 2003. Before the opening of the toll motorway, this section of the M6 carried 180,000 vehicles per day at its busiest point near Wolverhampton (between the junctions with the M54 and M5 motorways), compared with a design capacity of only 72,000 vehicles. Usage, at about 50,000 vehicles, was lower than expected and traffic levels on the M6 were only slightly reduced as a result. The high toll prices, which were set by the operating company and over which the UK government has no influence until 2054, were blamed for the low usage.[27] Much traffic continues to use the M6 or the continued on the M1 and took the A50 or A52.[28] As of July 2012 the road between Junctions 3A and 11A now carries 120,000 motor vehicles every day.[29]

A proposed extension to the M6 Toll known as the 'M6 Expressway', which would have continued from the M6 Toll as far as Knutsford, at which point much of the existing M6 traffic leaves the M6 for Manchester, was abandoned in 2006 due to excessive costs, anticipated construction problems[30] and disappointing levels of use of the M6 Toll.

Proposed developments[edit]

Hard shoulder running (junction 4–5 and 8 to 10a)[edit]

In October 2007, following a successful trial on the M42 in the West Midlands, the UK government have announced that two stretches of the M6 will be upgraded to allow the hard shoulder to be used as a normal running lane during busy conditions under a scheme called Active Traffic Management.[31] The two stretches, between junctions 4 and 5 and between junctions 10a and 8, are two of the busiest sections on the entire motorway.[32] The system could also be extended onto other stretches of the M6 as the government is going to undertake a feasibility study to determine other likely locations where this technology can be used.[33]

Managed motorway J13 and J19[edit]

The government wishes to improve reliability and capacity between Junctions 11 by Cannock and Junction 19 near Knutsford. In 2004, it favoured a new motorway, 'The Expressway' following a roughly parallel course to the existing M6.[34][35] In July 2006, the government announced its decision to abandon the Expressway proposal, and favoured widening accompanied by demand-management measures,[30] and have launched a study to consider options for providing additional capacity.[36] The current proposal is in introduce managed motorway between Junction 13 and 19.[37]

Junctions[edit]

Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information. Where a junction spans several hundred metres (yards) and the start and end distances are known, both distances are shown.[38][39]

M6 motorway junctions
mile km Northbound exits (A carriageway) Junction Southbound exits (B carriageway) Coordinates
Motorway continues as A74(M) towards Scotland Start of motorway 54°59′48″N 3°03′19″W / 54.996672°N 3.055336°W / 54.996672; -3.055336 (M6, northern terminus)
313.2 504.3 Gretna B7076, Longtown A6071 J45
No access (on-slip only) 54°59′35″N 3°02′54″W / 54.992979°N 3.048234°W / 54.992979; -3.048234 (M6, J45)
309.6
309.2
498.2
497.5
Todhills Rest Area Services Todhills Rest Area 54°57′06″N 2°58′47″W / 54.951585°N 2.979612°W / 54.951585; -2.979612 (M6, Todhills Rest Area)
307.6
307.3
495.1
494.6
Carlisle (North), Galashiels A7 J44
Carlisle A7, Workington A689 54°55′48″N 2°56′47″W / 54.930138°N 2.946332°W / 54.930138; -2.946332 (M6, J44)
303.8
303.5
488.9
488.4
Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle A69 J43 Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle A69 54°53′43″N 2°53′13″W / 54.895293°N 2.886851°W / 54.895293; -2.886851 (M6, J43)
301.1
300.7
484.6
484.0
Carlisle (South) A6 J42 Carlisle A6 54°51′27″N 2°52′42″W / 54.85759°N 2.878375°W / 54.85759; -2.878375 (M6, J42)
Southwaite services Services Southwaite services 54°47′57″N 2°52′16″W / 54.799077°N 2.871079°W / 54.799077; -2.871079 (M6, Southwaite Services)
288.7
288.4
464.6
464.1
Wigton B5305 J41 Wigton B5305 54°41′36″N 2°47′30″W / 54.69343°N 2.791729°W / 54.69343; -2.791729 (M6, J41)
285.5
285.2
459.5
459.0
Penrith, Workington, Brough A66 J40 Penrith, Keswick, Brough A66 54°39′11″N 2°45′37″W / 54.653056°N 2.760186°W / 54.653056; -2.760186 (M6, J40)
274.4
274.0
441.6
441.0
Shap (A6) J39 Shap, Kendal (A6) 54°30′30″N 2°38′59″W / 54.508252°N 2.649765°W / 54.508252; -2.649765 (M6, J39)
Tebay services Services Tebay services 54°27′05″N 2°36′29″W / 54.451304°N 2.608008°W / 54.451304; -2.608008 (M6, Tebay Services)
River Lune 54°26′28″N 2°35′43″W / 54.44115°N 2.59518°W / 54.44115; -2.59518 (M6, River Lune)
268.9
268.5
432.7
432.1
Brough A685, Appleby B6260 J38 Kendal, Brough A685 54°26′12″N 2°35′49″W / 54.436805°N 2.596893°W / 54.436805; -2.596893 (M6, J38)
260.3
260.0
418.9
418.4
Kendal, Sedbergh A684 J37 Kendal, Sedbergh A684 54°19′51″N 2°37′22″W / 54.330965°N 2.622857°W / 54.330965; -2.622857 (M6, J37)
No access Services Killington Lake services 54°18′54″N 2°38′21″W / 54.315046°N 2.639122°W / 54.315046; -2.639122 (M6, Killington Lake Services)
252.7
252.3
406.7
406.0
Barrow, Kendal A590 (A591), Kirkby Lonsdale A65 J36 Skipton, Kirkby Lonsdale A65, Barrow A590 54°14′11″N 2°43′00″W / 54.236365°N 2.716541°W / 54.236365; -2.716541 (M6, J36)
Burton-in-Kendal services Services No access 54°10′41″N 2°44′02″W / 54.178185°N 2.733879°W / 54.178185; -2.733879 (M6, Burton-in-Kendal Services)
Entering Cumbria Entering Lancashire 54°10′12″N 2°44′15″W / 54.17005°N 2.73748°W / 54.17005; -2.73748
245.1
244.6
394.4
393.6
Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6) J35 Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6) 54°07′43″N 2°44′59″W / 54.128700°N 2.749758°W / 54.128700; -2.749758 (M6, J35)
240.8
240.6
387.6
387.2
Kirkby Lonsdale, Heysham, Morecambe, Heysham Uk roadsign ferry.svg A683, Lancaster A589 J34 Lancaster, Morecambe A683 54°04′18″N 2°46′16″W / 54.071578°N 2.771087°W / 54.071578; -2.771087 (M6, J34)
234.6
234.3
377.6
377.1
Lancaster (South) A6 J33 Garstang, Fleetwood A6 53°58′57″N 2°46′51″W / 53.982516°N 2.780743°W / 53.982516; -2.780743 (M6, J33)
Lancaster (Forton) services Services Lancaster (Forton) services 53°57′44″N 2°45′37″W / 53.962095°N 2.760229°W / 53.962095; -2.760229 (M6, Lancaster (Forton) Services)
River Wyre 53°57′14″N 2°45′05″W / 53.95391°N 2.75135°W / 53.95391; -2.75135 (M6, River Wyre)
221.5
221.0
356.5
355.7
Blackpool, Fleetwood M55
Preston (N) (A6)
J32 Blackpool, Preston (N) (A6) M55 53°48′24″N 2°41′52″W / 53.806759°N 2.697787°W / 53.806759; -2.697787 (M6, J32)
219.5
219.3
353.2
352.9
Preston (E), Longridge B6242 J31A No access (on-slip only) 53°47′20″N 2°39′30″W / 53.788940°N 2.658262°W / 53.788940; -2.658262 (M6, J31A)
River Ribble J31 Preston, Clitheroe A59 53°45′54″N 2°38′09″W / 53.764949°N 2.635903°W / 53.764949; -2.635903 (M6, J31)
Preston (C), Blackburn (N), Clitheroe A59 River Ribble
215.4
214.9
346.6
345.9
No access (on-slip only) J30 Manchester, Bolton M61, Leeds (M62), Blackburn (M65) 53°44′04″N 2°38′52″W / 53.734320°N 2.647705°W / 53.734320; -2.647705 (M6, J30)
213.9
213.5
344.3
343.6
Burnley, Blackburn, Preston (S) M65 J29 Burnley, Blackburn M65 53°42′58″N 2°39′39″W / 53.716190°N 2.660751°W / 53.716190; -2.660751 (M6, J29)
212.3
211.9
341.6
341.0
Leyland B5256 (A49) J28 Leyland B5256 53°41′45″N 2°40′39″W / 53.695893°N 2.677574°W / 53.695893; -2.677574 (M6, J28)
Charnock Richard services Services Charnock Richard services 53°37′54″N 2°41′27″W / 53.631534°N 2.690835°W / 53.631534; -2.690835 (M6, Charnock Richard Services)
204.8 329.6 Entering Lancashire J27 Wigan, Parbold A5209 53°35′23″N 2°41′40″W / 53.589728°N 2.694440°W / 53.589728; -2.694440 (M6, J27)
204.4 329.0 Parbold, Standish, Chorley A5209 Entering Greater Manchester
200.8
200.5
323.1
322.6
Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport M58 J26 Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport M58 53°32′03″N 2°41′53″W / 53.534110°N 2.698045°W / 53.534110; -2.698045 (M6, J26)
198.0
197.8
318.7
318.3
Wigan A49 J25 No access (on-slip only) 53°30′07″N 2°39′35″W / 53.501806°N 2.659678°W / 53.501806; -2.659678 (M6, J25)
196.9
196.5
316.9
316.3
No access (on-slip only) J24 St Helens, Ashton A58 53°29′12″N 2°39′10″W / 53.486718°N 2.652898°W / 53.486718; -2.652898 (M6, J24)
Entering Greater Manchester Entering Merseyside 53°28′49″N 2°38′38″W / 53.4802°N 2.64398°W / 53.4802; -2.64398
195.6
195.2
314.8
314.1
St Helens, Liverpool, Southport A580 J23 Manchester, Liverpool, Newton A580 53°28′17″N 2°38′01″W / 53.471292°N 2.633629°W / 53.471292; -2.633629 (M6, J23)
192.4 309.6 Entering Merseyside J22 Warrington (North) A49 53°26′24″N 2°35′03″W / 53.440116°N 2.584105°W / 53.440116; -2.584105 (M6, J22)
192.1 309.1 Newton A49, Leigh A579 Entering Cheshire
191.0
190.5
307.4
306.5
Leeds, Bolton, Manchester (N) M62 J21A Manchester, Bolton, Leeds M62 53°25′33″N 2°33′21″W / 53.425926°N 2.555909°W / 53.425926; -2.555909 (M6, J21A)
Liverpool, Warrington (N), Southport (M57) M62 Liverpool M62
188.3
188.0
303.0
302.5
Warrington (Ctr & East), Irlam A57 J21 Warrington (Central), Irlam A57 53°23′52″N 2°30′36″W / 53.397814°N 2.509947°W / 53.397814; -2.509947 (M6, J21)
Thelwall Viaduct
53°23′23″N 2°30′21″W / 53.389753°N 2.505784°W / 53.389753; -2.505784 (M6, Thelwall Viaduct)
185.6 298.7 NORTH WALES, Chester, Runcorn M56
Warrington (South), Lymm A50
Lymm Truck Stop
J20
Services
Macclesfield, Warrington (S) A50, Lymm B5158
Lymm Truck Stop
53°21′37″N 2°30′33″W / 53.360413°N 2.509089°W / 53.360413; -2.509089 (M6, J20)
185.3
184.5
298.2
296.9
NORTH WALES, Chester, Runcorn, Manchester (S & Airport interchange) M56[Note 1] 53°21′30″N 2°30′29″W / 53.358466°N 2.507973°W / 53.358466; -2.507973 (M6, J20A)
180.3
179.9
290.2
289.5
Manchester, Manchester Airport interchange (M56) A556 J19 Northwich, Macclesfield, Knutsford A556 53°18′42″N 2°25′03″W / 53.311596°N 2.417636°W / 53.311596; -2.417636 (M6, J19)
Knutsford services Services[Note 2] Knutsford services 53°18′03″N 2°24′06″W / 53.300826°N 2.401586°W / 53.300826; -2.401586 (M6, Knutsford Services)
172.2
171.9
277.2
276.7
Northwich, Chester, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel A54 J18 Northwich, Chester, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel A54 53°12′01″N 2°23′15″W / 53.200377°N 2.387509°W / 53.200377; -2.387509 (M6, J18)
168.9
168.3
271.3
270.8
Sandbach, Congleton A534 J17 Congleton, Sandbach A534 53°09′12″N 2°20′48″W / 53.153230°N 2.346697°W / 53.153230; -2.346697 (M6, J17)
Sandbach services Services Sandbach services 53°08′21″N 2°20′11″W / 53.139048°N 2.336526°W / 53.139048; -2.336526 (M6, Sandbach Services)
162.6 261.7 Entering Cheshire J16 Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent (North), Crewe, Nantwich A500 53°04′07″N 2°20′01″W / 53.068632°N 2.333565°W / 53.068632; -2.333565 (M6, J16)
162.3 261.2 Nantwich, Crewe A500 Entering Staffordshire
Keele services Services Keele services 52°59′37″N 2°17′22″W / 52.993555°N 2.289362°W / 52.993555; -2.289362 (M6, Keele Services)
153.1
152.9
246.4
246.1
Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme A500 J15 Stoke-on-Trent, Stone A500, Derby (A50) 52°58′32″N 2°13′35″W / 52.975573°N 2.226319°W / 52.975573; -2.226319 (M6, J15)
Stafford services Services Stafford services North 52°53′02″N 2°10′07″W / 52.883919°N 2.168555°W / 52.883919; -2.168555 (M6, Stafford Services)

South 52°52′26″N 2°09′54″W / 52.873948°N 2.164907°W / 52.873948; -2.164907 (M6, Stafford Services)

142.0
141.8
228.6
228.2
Stone, Stafford (N) A34 J14 Stafford (N) A34 52°49′35″N 2°08′44″W / 52.826520°N 2.145596°W / 52.826520; -2.145596 (M6, J14)
End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg J13 Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg 52°45′49″N 2°06′28″W / 52.763567°N 2.107873°W / 52.763567; -2.107873 (M6, J13)
136.8
136.5
220.1
219.6
Stafford (S & C) A449 Stafford (S) A449
131.6
131.2
211.8
211.1
Telford (M54) A5 J12 NORTH WALES, Telford (M54), Wolverhampton, Cannock A5 52°41′20″N 2°06′12″W / 52.689026°N 2.103453°W / 52.689026; -2.103453 (M6, J12)
No access (on-slip only) J11A
(TOTSO SB)
The SOUTH M6 Toll 52°40′10″N 2°04′27″W / 52.669538°N 2.074270°W / 52.669538; -2.074270 (M6, J11A)
128.7
128.4
207.2
206.7
(M6 Toll), Cannock A460 J11 Wolverhampton, Cannock A460 52°39′30″N 2°03′52″W / 52.658424°N 2.06440°W / 52.658424; -2.06440 (M6, J11)
Hilton Park services Services Hilton Park services 52°38′36″N 2°03′23″W / 52.643402°N 2.056503°W / 52.643402; -2.056503 (M6, Hilton Park Services)
127.0
126.7
204.4
203.9
NORTH & MID WALES, Telford, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury (A5) M54 J10A No access (on-slip only) 52°37′49″N 2°02′56″W / 52.630172°N 2.048950°W / 52.630172; -2.048950 (M6, J10A)
Entering West Midlands 52°37′07″N 2°01′56″W / 52.61874°N 2.03209°W / 52.61874; -2.03209
Entering Staffordshire 52°37′01″N 2°01′49″W / 52.61693°N 2.03038°W / 52.61693; -2.03038
123.3
122.9
198.4
197.8
Walsall, Wolverhampton (C & E) A454 J10 Wolverhampton (C & E), Walsall A454 52°35′06″N 2°00′51″W / 52.584877°N 2.014275°W / 52.584877; -2.014275 (M6, J10)
121.7
121.5
195.8
195.6
Wednesbury A461 J9 Wednesbury A461 52°34′00″N 2°00′12″W / 52.566543°N 2.003202°W / 52.566543; -2.003202 (M6, J9)
119.9 193.0 The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham (W & S), West Bromwich M5 J8
The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham (W & S), West Bromwich M5 52°33′26″N 1°58′36″W / 52.557125°N 1.976681°W / 52.557125; -1.976681 (M6, J8)
118.4
118.1
190.6
190.1
Birmingham (N), Walsall A34 J7
Birmingham (N) A34 52°33′11″N 1°56′02″W / 52.553081°N 1.934023°W / 52.553081; -1.934023 (M6, J7)
114.2
113.9
183.8
183.3
Birmingham (C) A38(M)
Birmingham (NE) A38
J6
Birmingham (NE), Lichfield A38
Birmingham (E & C) A38(M)
52°30′36″N 1°51′50″W / 52.510083°N 1.863792°W / 52.510083; -1.863792 (M6, J6)
Bromford Viaduct 52°30′22″N 1°49′44″W / 52.506°N 1.829°W / 52.506; -1.829 (M6, Bromford Viaduct)
110.9
110.8
178.5
178.3
Birmingham (E), Sutton Coldfield A452 J5
No access (on-slip only) 52°30′33″N 1°47′21″W / 52.509274°N 1.789076°W / 52.509274; -1.789076 (M6, J5)
Entering Warwickshire 52°30′47″N 1°45′13″W / 52.51302°N 1.75356°W / 52.51302; -1.75356
108.8
108.6
175.1
174.8
No access (on-slip only) J4A The NORTH EAST (M1), The NORTH WEST (M6 Toll) , Tamworth M42(N)
The SOUTH WEST (M5), London (S & W) (M40), Birmingham (S), Birmingham International BR-logo.svg, Birmingham Airport interchange, N.E.C. M42(S)
52°30′36″N 1°44′49″W / 52.509966°N 1.747062°W / 52.509966; -1.747062 (M6, J4A)
Entering West Midlands 52°28′43″N 1°42′54″W / 52.47857°N 1.71495°W / 52.47857; -1.71495
106.0 170.6 Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg J4 Coventry (S & W), Birmingham (E), N.E.C., Birmingham International BR-logo.svg, Birmingham Airport interchange A446 52°28′37″N 1°42′26″W / 52.476808°N 1.707237°W / 52.476808; -1.707237 (M6, J4)
105.7 170.1 Coleshill A446
The SOUTH WEST (M5), Birmingham (S), Solihull, N.E.C., Birmingham Airport interchange M42
End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg
The NORTH WEST M6 Toll, Tamworth M42(N) J3A
(TOTSO NB)
No access (on-slip only) 52°28′26″N 1°40′18″W / 52.473880°N 1.671681°W / 52.473880; -1.671681 (M6, J3A)
Corley services Services Corley services 52°28′17″N 1°32′47″W / 52.471488°N 1.546326°W / 52.471488; -1.546326 (M6, Corley Services)
96.9
96.4
155.9
155.2
Coventry (North), Nuneaton, Bedworth A444 J3 Coventry (N), Nuneaton A444, Bedworth B4113 52°27′47″N 1°29′38″W / 52.463004°N 1.493776°W / 52.463004; -1.493776 (M6, J3)
Entering Warwickshire Entering West Midlands 52°27′29″N 1°28′58″W / 52.45798°N 1.48271°W / 52.45798; -1.48271
Entering West Midlands Entering Warwickshire 52°26′24″N 1°26′24″W / 52.43995°N 1.43995°W / 52.43995; -1.43995
93.7
93.3
150.8
150.1
Coventry (E) A46, Leicester M69 J2 (M1(N)), Leicester M69, Coventry (E) A46 52°26′16″N 1°25′47″W / 52.437870°N 1.429832°W / 52.437870; -1.429832 (M6, J2)
85.6
85.2
137.8
137.1
Rugby A426 J1 Rugby, Lutterworth A426 52°24′29″N 1°14′45″W / 52.408087°N 1.245725°W / 52.408087; -1.245725 (M6, J1)
Entering Warwickshire Entering Leicestershire 52°24′22″N 1°12′35″W / 52.40604°N 1.2096°W / 52.40604; -1.2096
85.2 137.1 Start of motorway UK motorway symbol.svg M1 J19
The SOUTH, London, Northampton M1 52°24′02″N 1°10′31″W / 52.400442°N 1.175215°W / 52.400442; -1.175215 (M6, southern terminus)
The NORTH, Leicester M1(N) End of motorway Mauritius Road Signs - Information Sign - End of Motorway.svg
Road continues as
A14 towards Kettering
Notes
  1. ^ 1: Southbound offslip for the M56 signed as J20A.
  2. ^ 2: Unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles.

Legislation[edit]

Each motorway in England requires that a legal document called a Statutory Instrument is published, detailing the route of the road, before it can be built. The dates given on these Statutory Instruments relate to when the document was published, and not when the road was built. Provided below is an incomplete list of the Statutory Instruments relating to the route of the M6.

  • Statutory Instrument 1987 No. 252: County Council of West Midlands (M6 Motorway Junction 10) (Connecting Road) Scheme 1985 Confirmation Instrument 1987[40]
  • Statutory Instrument 1987 No. 2254: M6 Motorway (Catthorpe Interchange) Connecting Roads Scheme 1987[41]
  • Statutory Instrument 1990 No. 2659: M6 Motorway: Widening between Junctions 20 and 21A (Thelwall Viaduct) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1990[42]
  • Statutory Instrument 1991 No. 1873: M6 Motorway (Widening and Improvements Between Junctions 30 and 32) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1991[43]
  • Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 1370: Lancashire County Council (Proposed Connecting Roads to M6 Motorway at Haighton) Special Roads Scheme 1992 Confirmation Instrument 1993[44]
  • Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 1292: M6 Birmingham to Carlisle Motorway (At Haighton) Connecting Roads Scheme 1997[45]
  • Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 1293: M6 Birmingham To Carlisle Motorway (at Haighton) Special Roads Scheme 1997 Transfer Order 1997[46]
  • Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 125: The M6 Motorway (Saredon and Packington Diversions) Scheme 1998[47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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