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M42
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From:Catshill (SO952726)
To:Appleby Magna (SK306204)
Via:Solihull, Tamworth
Length:70 miles (112.7 km)
Meets: M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40, A42
Primary Destinations
Birmingham • Birmingham International Airport • Bromsgrove • East Midlands Airport • Redditch • Solihull • Tamworth
Highway Authorities

Highways Agency

Traditional Counties

Leicestershire  • Warwickshire  • Worcestershire

Route outline (key)
M42 Lydiate Ash Link
M42 Catshill – Appleby Magna
M42 Appleby Magna – Nottingham
Junction List
Junc Southbound Northbound
M5 J4A M5 Start of road
1 A38, B4096 No exit
2 A441 A441
3 A435 A435
3A M40 M40
4 A34, A3400 A34, A3400
5 A41, A4141 A41, A4141
6 A45 A45
7 No exit M6 West
7A No exit M6 East
7B M6 Toll, (M6) No exit
8 No exit No exit
8A M6 M6 Toll
9 A446, A4097 A446, A4097
10 A5 A5
11 Start of road A42, A444, B5493
12 A511 A511
13 M64 M64
14 A6 A6
15 No exit A52
16 M1 M1
17 Proposed start of road A609, A6002
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For detailed information about this topic, see CBRD Motorway Database

Southern and eastern sections of the Birmingham Box, along with the Birmingham-Nottingham Motorway, which falls short of the M1 by several miles, and limps there via the A42. Originally aiming at the A609/A6002 junction, this northern alignment was changed to a more southerly one that became the A42 to save money in the mid-70s.

Contents

Junctions

Catshill Interchange

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Main Article: Catshill Interchange

The Catshill Interchange is a junction between the M5 and M42. For the M42, it forms the western terminus. The junction was originally a south-facing fork, only allowing access northbound M5 traffic to the M42, and forcing M42 traffic to take the M5 southbound. This design was because the M42 was originally planned to split into two further east, with the Lydiate Ash Link providing the missing movements.

Umberslade Interchange

Main Article: Umberslade Interchange

The Umberslade Interchange is a triangular junction between M42 and M40 towards London. Priority is given betwen M40 and M42 westbound, with traffic wishing to remain on the M42 having to turn off. This junction would also have been the northern terminus of the unbuilt Strensham - Solihull Motorway.

Services

Hopwood Park services

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Main Article: Hopwood Park services

Hopwood Park is a single-site MSA located at M42 junction 2. It is operated by Welcome Break.

Tamworth services

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Main Article: Tamworth services

Tamworth is a single-site MSA located at M42 junction 10, and is also accessible and signed along A5. It is operated by Moto.

Opening Dates

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Motorway Database: M42 Timeline

History

Originally the M42 ran south of the M6 at Coleshill to the A34. Junctions were numbered south to north:

Lydiate Ash Link

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For detailed information about this topic, see Pathetic Motorways

This was a different approach to north-facing slips to the M5. Rather than having them at Catshill Interchange, a longer link would cut the corner off. Plans to built this link lasted until the M5 was widened in the late 80s, when north-facing slips were added at Catshill.

Unbuilt Nottingham Extension

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For detailed information about this topic, see Pathetic Motorways


Links

CBRD

Roads UK

Pathetic Motorways



M42
JunctionsAppleby Magna Interchange • Bickenhill Interchange • Catshill Interchange • Coleshill Interchange • Copt Hill Interchange • Dunton Interchange • Harvester Island • Hopwood Park Interchange • Lydiate Ash • M42 J10 • M42 J12 • M42 J14 • M42 J17 • Monkspath Interchange • Portway Island • Umberslade Interchange • Water Orton Interchange
ServicesBlackfirs services • Catherine-de-Barnes services • Dunton services • Hopwood Park services
RoadsE05 • Longest Lane
Related Pictures
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- Coppermine - 3953.JPG- Coppermine - 3955.JPGHopwood Park motorway services - Geograph - 1137227.jpgM6 Toll at M42 (S) bridge - Coppermine - 7043.jpgTamworth Services on the M42 - Geograph - 1254709.jpg
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SolihullA34 • A41 • A41/Bicester - Solihull • A41/Solihull - West Bromwich • A4141 • B4025 • B4101 • B4102 • B425 • B4438 • Droitwich - Leicester Motorway • E05 • Strensham - Solihull Motorway I • Strensham - Solihull Motorway II • T35 (Britain)
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