GRAVELLY HILL INTERCHANGE, better known throughout the UK by its
nickname SPAGHETTI JUNCTION , is junction 6 of the
M6 motorway where
it meets the A38(M) Aston Expressway in the
Gravelly Hill area of
Birmingham , England. The interchange was opened on 24 May 1972.
* 1 Overview
* 2 Co-located junctions
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The interchange's colloquial name "Spaghetti Junction" was coined in
1965 by journalists from the
Birmingham Evening Mail . On 1 June 1965,
reporter Roy Smith described plans for the then unbuilt junction as a
"cross between a plate of spaghetti and an unsuccessful attempt at a
Staffordshire knot ", and a sub-editor headlined the article
"Spaghetti Junction". The interchange at night seen from the
West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police helicopter
The junction provides access to and from the A38 (Tyburn Road),
A38(M) (Aston Expressway), the A5127 (Lichfield Road/Gravelly Hill),
and several unclassified local roads. It covers 30 acres (12 ha),
serves 18 routes and includes 4 km (2.5 mi) of slip roads, but only 1
km (0.6 mi) of the M6 itself. Across 5 different levels, it has 559
concrete columns, reaching up to 24.4 m (80 ft). The engineers had to
elevate 21.7 km (13.5 mi) of motorway to accommodate two railway
lines, three canals, and two rivers.
In 1958, the Ministry of Transport commissioned the engineering firm,
Sir Owen Williams "> The Cross City Line and Tame Valley Canal
passing underneath the motorway complex
Underneath the motorway junction are the meeting points of local
roads, the river Tame 's confluences with the
River Rea and Hockley
Brook , the Cross-City and Walsall railway lines and Salford Junction
, where the
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal ,
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and Tame
Valley Canal meet.
* Transport in
List of road junctions in the United Kingdom
* Other Spaghetti Junctions
* ^ "London road junction \'scariest\'". BBC News. 12 December
2007. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
* ^ Moran, Joe (2010). On Roads. London: Profile Books. p. 45. ISBN
1846680603 . Retrieved 23 June 2012.
* ^ Elkes, Neil (16 May 2012). "
Birmingham Mail\'s role in creating
Spaghetti Junction legend".
Birmingham Mail. Birmingham. Retrieved 22
* ^ "£20m Motorway links for Midlands". The Times. London. 20
August 1968. p. 2. access-date= requires url= (help )
* ^ "Spaghetti Junction-the gateway to London". The Times. 25 May
1972. p. 2. access-date= requires url= (help )
* ^ Charles Bulmer (ed) (19 February 1972). "On the road". Motor:
48. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link )
* ^ "M1 box-girder viaduct to be strengthened". The Times. 24
November 1971. p. 2. access-date= requires url= (help )
* ^ "The Motorway Archive; Midland Links Motorways". The Motorway
Archive. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
* ^ "Urgent fix for Spaghetti Junction". BBC News. 1 December 2007.
Retrieved 2 December 2007.