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

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Route

* 3 Proposed developments

* 3.1 M1/M69 Junction

* 4 In popular culture * 5 Junctions * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

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

ROUTE

Starting at the northeastern suburbs of Coventry
Coventry
at junction 2 of the M6, the motorway crosses the Coventry
Coventry
Canal and then continues northeast past Bulkington
Bulkington
and west of Wolveybefore turning more easterly to run south of Hinckley
Hinckley
(Junction 2, known locally as 'Reacharound Island' because of the limited slip roads). It then crosses the Birmingham
Birmingham
to Peterborough railway line before ending on the southwestern edge of Leicester
Leicester
(Junction 3, where it meets the M1, locally known as 'Whichway Island' due to the number of lanes on approach to the junction from Leicester, ie, 'which-way do i go?'.

The motorway has no services .

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS

M1/M69 JUNCTION

Main article: M1 motorway
M1 motorway

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.

IN POPULAR CULTURE

Main article: M69 derby

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

JUNCTIONS

M69 motorway
M69 motorway
junctions

Southbound exits* (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits* (A carriageway) Coordinates

_Road continues as to Coventry
Coventry
(South) and Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa
via A46 '_ M6, J2 Coventry
Coventry
(North), Birmingham
Birmingham
, The South, Rugby , Kettering
Kettering
(A14) M6 Coventry
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
Coventry
(Central) A4600 Ansty B4065 _Start of motorway_

Nuneaton
Nuneaton
A5 Hinckley
Hinckley
B4109 J1 Nuneaton
Nuneaton
A5 Hinckley
Hinckley
B4109 52°30′55″N 1°21′40″W / 52.51516°N 1.36123°W / 52.51516; -1.36123

Hinckley
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 _Terminus_ Leicester
Leicester
A5460 (A563) The North, Nottingham
Nottingham
, Northampton
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

* List of motorways in the United Kingdom
List of motorways in the United Kingdom

REFERENCES

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

EXTERNAL LINKS

ROUTE MAP: Google

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