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M6

Start

Catthorpe

Primary Destinations

Liverpool
Birkenhead
Ellesmire Port

End

Gretna

316px-UK-Motorway-M6.svg

The M6 is a Motorway which starts outside Birmingham and runs up to Carlisle. After that it crosses the Scottish border and becomes the A74. It is also currently the longest Motorway in the country.

HistoryEdit

The first part of the M6 constructed was near Preston, at the time known as the Preston Bypass. It was built by Tarmac Construction and opened by Harold Macmillan, the Prime Minister at the time on 5 December 1958. Later in 1959 the motorway had to be closed because of dangerous roadway. Drivers were diverted along the old road while researchers investigated how to put drains along the road.

M6 motorway, Cheshire, 1969

The M6 in 1969

The second phase of construction was completed in 1960 now running to junction 35 and forming a Lancaster bypass. 100 miles south was added by 1962 forming a Stafford bypass. In 1965 the remaining section of the M6 to Preston was completed.

In 2006, after 15 years of debate, the Government announced that an extra 6 miles of motorway would be brought up past Carlisle.

Future plansEdit

  • Recently it has been announced that 2 stretches of the hard shoulder will be upgraded to allow traffic in busy conditions. The stretches will be from J4 - J5 and from J8 - J10.




JunctionsEdit

M6 Motorway
km Northbound exits (A Carriageway) Junction Southbound exits (B Carriageway)
M6 now continues as A74(M) to Glasgow, Edinburgh
504.1 Gretna (Green) B7076
Longtown A6071
M6 J45 No exit
Todhills rest area Services Todhills rest area
495.1 494.6 A7 J44
[coord 1]
A595), Carlisle A7
488.9
488.4
Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle upon Tyne A69 J43 Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle upon Tyne A69
484.6
484.0
Carlisle (South) A6 J42 Carlisle (South) A6
Southwaite services Services Southwaite services
464.6
464.1
Wigton B5305 J41 Wigton B5305
459.5
459.0
Penrith, Workington, Keswick A66 J40 Penrith, Keswick, Brough, Scotch Corner A66
441.6
441.0
Shap, Kendal (A6) J39 Shap (A6)
Tebay services Services Tebay services
432.7
432.1
Brough A685
Appleby B6260
J38 Kendal, Brough A685
418.9
418.4
Kendal, Sedbergh A684 J37 Kendal, Sedbergh A684
no access to services Services Killington Lake services
406.7
406.0
Kirkby Lonsdale, Skipton A65
Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness A590
J36 Kirkby Lonsdale, Skipton A65
Barrow-in-Furness A590
Burton-in-Kendal services Services no access to services
394.4
393.6
Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6) J35 Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6)
387.6
387.2
Lancaster, Morecambe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Heysham A683 J34 Lancaster, Morecambe A683
377.6
377.1
Lancaster A6 J33 Garstang, Fleetwood A6
Lancaster (Forton) services Services Lancaster (Forton) services
356.5
355.7
Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston, Garstang M55 J32 Blackpool M55
353.2
352.9
Preston, Longridge B6242 J31A No exit
Preston, Clitheroe A59 J31 Preston, Clitheroe A59
346.6
345.9
No exit J30 Manchester, Bolton M61
Leeds (M62)
Blackburn (M65)
344.3
343.6
Burnley, Blackburn, Preston M65 J29 Burnley, Blackburn M65
341.6
341.0
Leyland (A49) J28 Leyland (A49)
Charnock Richard services Services Charnock Richard services
329..6
329.0
Parbold, Standish, Chorley A5209 J27 Parbold, Standish, Wigan A5209
323.1
322.6
Wigan, Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport M58 J26 Wigan, Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport M58
318.7
318.3
Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, A49 J25 No exit
316.9
316.3
No exit J24 Ashton-in-Makerfield, St. Helens A58
314.8
314.1
Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, St Helens, Manchester, Liverpool, Newton-le-Willows A580 (East Lancashire Road) J23 Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, St Helens, Manchester, Liverpool, Newton-le-Willows A580 (East Lancashire Road)
309.6
309.1
Newton-le-Willows A49 Leigh A579 J22 Warrington A49
307.4
306.5
Manchester, Leeds M62 J21A Liverpool, Southport M62
Liverpool, Southport M62 Manchester, Leeds M62
303.0
302.5
Warrington, Irlam A57 J21 Warrington, Irlam A57
Thelwall Viaduct
[coord 2]
298.7
298.2
Lymm, Macclesfield A50
Lymm Services
J20
Services
Lymm, Macclesfield A50
Lymm Services
NORTH WALES, Runcorn, Birkenhead M56 NORTH WALES, Chester, Manchester & Airport, Stockport M56
290.2
289.5
Manchester & Airport, Stockport A556 (M56 (west)) J19 Northwich, Knutsford, Macclesfield A556
Knutsford services
(no HGVs)
Services Knutsford services
(no HGVs)
277.2
276.7
Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Northwich, Chester A54 J18 Holmes Chapel, Middlewich A54
271.3
270.8
Congleton, Sandbach A534 J17 Congleton, Sandbach A534
Sandbach services Services Sandbach services
261.7
261.2
Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Nantwich A500 J16 Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Nantwich A500
Keele services Services Keele services
246.4
246.1
Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme A500 J15 Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Eccleshall A500
Derby (A50)
Stafford services Services Stafford services
228.6
228.2
Stafford, Stone, Eccleshall A34 J14 Stafford (North) A34
220.1
219.6
Stafford A449 J13 Stafford (South & Central) A449
211.8
211.1
Telford A5 J12 NORTH WALES, Cannock, Wolverhampton, Telford A5 (M54)
No exit J11A The SOUTH, Lichfield M6 Toll
207.2
206.7
Cannock A460 J11 Wolverhampton A460
Hilton Park services Services Hilton Park services
204.4
203.9
NORTH WALES, Wolverhampton, Telford M54 J10A No exit
198.4
197.8
Walsall, Wolverhampton A454 J10 Walsall A454
195.8
195.6
Wednesbury A461 J9 Wednesbury A461
193.0 The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham (West), West Bromwich M5 J8
[coord 3]
The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham, West Bromwich M5
190.6
190.1
Birmingham (NW), Walsall A34 J7
[coord 4]
Birmingham A34
183.8
183.3
Birmingham (Central & North) A38(M)
Sutton Coldfield A5127
J6
Gravelly Hill Interchange
[coord 5]
Birmingham A38(M) & A38
178.5
178.3
Birmingham (NE), Castle Bromwich A452 J5
[coord 6]
No exit westbound
175.1
174.8
No exit J4A The NORTH (M1)
The SOUTH (M40) M42
170.6
170.1
Lichfield A446
The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham (East & Airport), Solihull, NEC M42
J4 Coventry, Birmingham Airport, NEC A446
The NORTH WEST, Lichfield M6 Toll (M42) J3A No exit
Corley services Services Corley services
155.9
155.2
Bedworth, Coventry, Nuneaton A444 J3 Bedworth, Coventry, Nuneaton A444
150.8
150.1
Coventry A46
Leicester M69 (M1)
J2 Coventry A46
Leicester M69
137.8
137.1
Rugby A426 J1 Rugby, Lutterworth A426
137.1 No exit M1 J19
[coord 7]
Felixstowe, Corby, Kettering A14, M1 (North)
Start of motorway London M1

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