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Pages: 194. Not illustrated. Chapters: M6 Motorway. Excerpt: Road
of the United Kingdom The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the
M1 in Catthorpe, near Rugby via Birmingham then heads north,
passing Manchester, Preston, Carlisle and terminating at Gretna.
Here, at the Scottish border it joins the A74(M) which continues to
Glasgow. The M6 is the longest motorway in the United Kingdom and
one of the busiest. It incorporates 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. The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the M1 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. The motorway has
a major junction onto the M56 and M62 at Warrington, giving access
to Manchester and Liverpool. The M6 then heads north past Preston
and Lancaster. After the latter two cities it passes through
Cumbria with some parts very close to the edge of the Lake
District, and then passes Carlisle on its way to Gretna, before the
motorway becomes the A74(M) at the Scottish border. The southbound
M6 as seen from a bridge just south of junction 29, Preston,
2008The 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. In January 1959 the Preston By-pass was closed
because of rapid surface deterioration over a stretc...
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