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The M6 motorway
M6 motorway
runs from junction 19 of the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange, near Rugby via Birmingham
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
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
London
and Glasgow
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
M6 Toll
split near Birmingham
Birmingham
forms part of the unsigned E-road E 24 and the section from the M6 Toll
M6 Toll
and the M42 forms part of E 05.

Contents

1 Route 2 History

2.1 Planning and construction 2.2 Operational

3 Current developments

3.1 Managed motorway J13 to 15 and J16 to 19

4 Junctions 5 Legislation 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Route[edit] The M6 motorway
M6 motorway
runs from junction 19 of the M1 and from the beginning of A14 in Catthorpe
Catthorpe
near Rugby in central England, passes between Coventry
Coventry
and Nuneaton, through Birmingham, Walsall
Walsall
and Stafford
Stafford
and near the major cities of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
and Stoke-on-Trent.[1] The motorway has major junctions with the M56 and M62 at Warrington, giving access to Chester, Manchester
Manchester
and Liverpool.[2] The M6 then heads north past Wigan, Preston and Lancaster.[3] After the latter two cities it passes through Cumbria
Cumbria
with some parts very close to the edge of the Lake District
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
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
Walsall
to Stafford
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
M1 motorway
at Rugby and the A38 road
A38 road
several miles north-east of Birmingham
Birmingham
city centre, including Bromford Viaduct
Bromford Viaduct
between Castle Bromwich
Castle Bromwich
(J5) and Gravelly Hill (J6), which at 3½ miles is the longest viaduct in Great Britain.[14][15] Junction 6 in Birmingham
Birmingham
is widely known as Spaghetti Junction because of its complexity. On the elevated ground between Shap
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
Shap
Fell in Cumbria
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
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
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
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
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
Luton
and St. Albans
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
Derby
and Manchester
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
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
Dunblane
(via the M9, the recently opened M80 section near Cumbernauld
Cumbernauld
and the M73) in the north to Exeter
Exeter
(via the M5) and to London
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
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
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[update] the road between Junctions 3A and 11A now carries 120,000 motor vehicles every day.[29] A proposed extension to the M6 Toll
M6 Toll
known as the 'M6 Expressway', which would have continued from the M6 Toll
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. In October 2007, following a successful trial on the M42 in the West Midlands, the UK government announced that two stretches of the M6 would 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] It was then proposed that the system could be extended onto other stretches of the M6 while the government undertook a feasibility study to determine other likely locations for this technology to be used.[33] The stretch between junctions 4 and 5 was completed during December 2009[34] while the stretch between junctions 10a and 8 was completed during March 2011.[35] Current developments[edit] Managed motorway J13 to 15 and J16 to 19[edit] The government wishes to improve reliability and capacity between Junctions 11 by Cannock
Cannock
and Junction 19 near Knutsford. In 2004, it favoured a new motorway, 'The Expressway' following a roughly parallel course to the existing M6.[36][37] 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.[38] The current proposal is in introduce managed motorway between Junction 13 and 19.[39] It was later divided into two separate stretches, between junctions 16 and 19 and junctions 13 and 15.[40] The stretch between junctions 16 and 19 started construction in December 2015[41] while construction on the stretch between junctions 13 and 15 was set to commence from March 2018.[42] Junctions[edit]

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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.[43][44]

M6 motorway
M6 motorway
junctions

mile km Northbound exits (A carriageway) Junction Southbound exits (B carriageway) Coordinates

Motorway
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
Galashiels
A7 J44 Carlisle A7, Workington
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
Wigton
B5305 J41 Wigton
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
Shap
(A6) J39 Shap, Kendal
Kendal
(A6) 54°30′30″N 2°38′59″W / 54.508252°N 2.649765°W / 54.508252; -2.649765 (M6, J39)

Tebay
Tebay
services Services Tebay
Tebay
services 54°27′05″N 2°36′29″W / 54.451304°N 2.608008°W / 54.451304; -2.608008 (M6, Tebay
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
Sedbergh
A684 J37 Kendal, Sedbergh
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
Kendal
A590 (A591), Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale
A65 J36 Skipton, Kirkby Lonsdale
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
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
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
Morecambe
A601(M) (A6) J35 Carnforth, Morecambe
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
Heysham
A683, Lancaster A589 J34 Lancaster, Morecambe
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
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
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
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
Blackburn
(N), Clitheroe
Clitheroe
A59 River Ribble

215.4 214.9 346.6 345.9 No access (on-slip only) J30 Manchester, Bolton
Bolton
M61, Leeds
Leeds
(M62), Blackburn
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
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
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
Chorley
A5209 Entering Greater Manchester

200.8 200.5 323.1 322.6 Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport
Southport
M58 J26 Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport
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
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
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
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
Manchester
(N) M62 J21A Manchester, Bolton, Leeds
Leeds
M62 53°25′33″N 2°33′21″W / 53.425926°N 2.555909°W / 53.425926; -2.555909 (M6, J21A)

Liverpool, Warrington
Warrington
(N), Southport
Southport
(M57) M62 Liverpool
Liverpool
M62

188.3 188.0 303.0 302.5 Warrington
Warrington
(Ctr & East), Irlam
Irlam
A57 J21 Warrington
Warrington
(Central), Irlam
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
Runcorn
M56 Warrington
Warrington
(South), Lymm
Lymm
A50 Lymm
Lymm
Truck Stop J20 Services Macclesfield, Warrington
Warrington
(S) A50, Lymm
Lymm
B5158 Lymm
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
Manchester
(S & ) 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
Manchester
(M56) A556 J19 Northwich, Macclesfield, Knutsford
Knutsford
A556 53°18′42″N 2°25′03″W / 53.311596°N 2.417636°W / 53.311596; -2.417636 (M6, J19)

Knutsford
Knutsford
services Services[Note 2] Knutsford
Knutsford
services 53°18′03″N 2°24′06″W / 53.300826°N 2.401586°W / 53.300826; -2.401586 (M6, Knutsford
Knutsford
Services)

172.2 171.9 277.2 276.7 Northwich, Chester, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel
Holmes Chapel
A54 J18 Northwich, Chester, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel
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
Congleton
A534 J17 Congleton, Sandbach
Sandbach
A534 53°09′12″N 2°20′48″W / 53.153230°N 2.346697°W / 53.153230; -2.346697 (M6, J17)

Sandbach
Sandbach
services Services Sandbach
Sandbach
services 53°08′21″N 2°20′11″W / 53.139048°N 2.336526°W / 53.139048; -2.336526 (M6, Sandbach
Sandbach
Services)

162.6 261.7 Entering Cheshire J16 Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
(North), Crewe, Nantwich
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
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
Newcastle-under-Lyme
A500 J15 Stoke-on-Trent, Stone A500, Derby
Derby
(A50) 52°58′32″N 2°13′35″W / 52.975573°N 2.226319°W / 52.975573; -2.226319 (M6, J15)

Stafford
Stafford
services Services Stafford
Stafford
services North 52°53′02″N 2°10′07″W / 52.883919°N 2.168555°W / 52.883919; -2.168555 (M6, Stafford
Stafford
Services) South 52°52′26″N 2°09′54″W / 52.873948°N 2.164907°W / 52.873948; -2.164907 (M6, Stafford
Stafford
Services)

142.0 141.8 228.6 228.2 Stone, Stafford
Stafford
(N) A34 J14 Stafford
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 J13 Start of variable speed limit 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
Stafford
(S & C) A449 Stafford
Stafford
(S) A449

131.6 131.2 211.8 211.1 Telford
Telford
(M54) A5 J12 NORTH WALES, Telford
Telford
(M54), Wolverhampton, Cannock
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
TOTSO
SB) The SOUTH
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
Cannock
A460 J11 Wolverhampton, Cannock
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
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
Wolverhampton
(C & E) A454 J10 Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
(C & E), Walsall
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
Wednesbury
A461 J9 Wednesbury
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
The SOUTH
WEST, Birmingham
Birmingham
(W & S), West Bromwich
West Bromwich
M5 J8 The SOUTH
The SOUTH
WEST, Birmingham
Birmingham
(W & S), West Bromwich
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
Birmingham
(N), Walsall
Walsall
A34 J7 Birmingham
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
Birmingham
(C) A38(M) Birmingham
Birmingham
(NE) A38 J6 Birmingham
Birmingham
(NE), Lichfield
Lichfield
A38 Birmingham
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
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
The NORTH EAST
(M1), The NORTH WEST
The NORTH WEST
(M6 Toll) , Tamworth M42(N) The SOUTH
The SOUTH
WEST (M5), London
London
(S & W) (M40), Birmingham
Birmingham
(S), Birmingham
Birmingham
International , Birmingham
Birmingham
, 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 J4 Coventry
Coventry
(S & W), Birmingham
Birmingham
(E), N.E.C., Birmingham
Birmingham
International , Birmingham
Birmingham
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
The SOUTH
WEST (M5), Birmingham
Birmingham
(S), Solihull, N.E.C., Birmingham
Birmingham
M42 End of variable speed limit

The NORTH WEST
The NORTH WEST
M6 Toll, Tamworth M42(N) J3A ( TOTSO
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
Coventry
(North), Nuneaton, Bedworth
Bedworth
A444 J3 Coventry
Coventry
(N), Nuneaton
Nuneaton
A444, Bedworth
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
Coventry
(E) A46, Leicester
Leicester
M69 J2 (M1(N)), Leicester
Leicester
M69, Coventry
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
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 M1 J19 The SOUTH, London, Northampton
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
Leicester
M1(N) End of motorway Road continues as A14 towards Kettering

Notes

^ 1: Southbound offslip for the M56 signed as J20A. ^ 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
Motorway
Junction 10) (Connecting Road) Scheme 1985 Confirmation Instrument 1987[45] Statutory Instrument 1987 No. 2254: M6 Motorway
Motorway
(Catthorpe Interchange) Connecting Roads Scheme 1987[46] Statutory Instrument 1990 No. 2659: M6 Motorway: Widening between Junctions 20 and 21A (Thelwall Viaduct) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1990[47] Statutory Instrument 1991 No. 1873: M6 Motorway
Motorway
(Widening and Improvements Between Junctions 30 and 32) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1991[48] Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 1370: Lancashire
Lancashire
County Council (Proposed Connecting Roads to M6 Motorway
Motorway
at Haighton) Special
Special
Roads Scheme 1992 Confirmation Instrument 1993[49] Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 1292: M6 Birmingham
Birmingham
to Carlisle Motorway (At Haighton) Connecting Roads Scheme 1997[50] Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 1293: M6 Birmingham
Birmingham
To Carlisle Motorway (at Haighton) Special
Special
Roads Scheme 1997 Transfer Order 1997[51] Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 125: The M6 Motorway
Motorway
(Saredon and Packington Diversions) Scheme 1998[52]

See also[edit]

List of motorways in the United Kingdom Category: M6 motorway
M6 motorway
service stations

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Jackson, Mike (2004). The M6 Sights Guide. Severnpix. ISBN 978-0954540210. 

External links[edit] Route map: Google

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CBRD

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database – M6 Histories – opening booklets, including M6 Preston Bypass Bad Junctions

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Lancashire
Lancashire
Historic Highways – a page supplied by Lancashire
Lancashire
County Council detailing the history of the M6 in North West England, and the construction of Preston Bypass, the UK's first motorway. Route 6 The Motorway
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Archive

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