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From:Luton (TL096211)
To:Carlisle (NY402556)
Length:299 miles (481.2 km)
Meets: M1, M61, M6, A1081, A14
A50, A38, A591, A590, A7
Primary Destinations
East Midlands Airport
Highway Authorities

Cumbria • Derby • Highways England • Lancashire • Leicester • Manchester • Salford • Stockport • Cheshire East • Bolton • Derbyshire • Leicestershire • Northamptonshire • Luton • Bedford • Central Bedfordshire

Traditional Counties

Bedfordshire • Cheshire • Cumberland • Derbyshire • Lancashire • Leicestershire • Westmorland

Route outline (key)
A6 High Barnet - Luton
A6 Luton - Burton Latimer
(A14) Burton Latimer - Rothwell
A6 Rothwell - Stoneygate
A6 Stoneygate - Leicester
(A594) Leicester City
A6 Leicester - Birstall
A6 Birstall - Kegworth
(A50) Kegworth - Aston on Trent
A6 Aston on Trent - Alvaston
A6 Alvaston - Derby
(A601) Derby City
A6 Derby - Allestree
A6 Allestree - Manchester
A6 Manchester - Manchester Piccadlly
A6 Manchester Piccadlly -
Manchester Cathedral
A6 Manchester Cathedral - Salford
A6 Salford - Pendlebury
A6 Pendlebury - Over Hulton
A6 Over Hulton - Westhoughton
A6 Westhoughton - Walton Summit
A6 Walton Summit - Preston North
A6 Preston North - Levens
(A590) Levens - Sedgwick Ho
(A591) Sedgwick Ho - Kendal
A6 Kendal - Shap
A6 Shap - Carlisle

Contents

Route

Alvaston Bypass in 2005

The A6 is Britain's fourth longest road. Its route varies greatly from the lower lands of the South East, though the Peak District, right though the heart of Manchester city centre, then onwards towards Preston. It then goes though the historic city of Lancaster before skirting the Eastern fringe of the Lake District before ending in a Carlisle, bang on the start of the A7.

See route sections: Luton - BedfordBedford - KetteringKettering - LeicesterLeicester - DerbyDerby - MatlockMatlock - Hazel GroveHazel Grove - ManchesterManchester - PrestonPreston - LancasterLancaster - KendalKendal - PenrithPenrith - Carlisle


History

Barmoor Clough in 1959
Main Article: A6 history

At classification, the A6 was made Britain's second longest road and therefore England's longest. Its start was at Barnet at London and then moved to Bignell's Corner with the opening of the Barnet Bypass. In 1986, the M25 opened and the road was shortened by 17 miles. That made the A38 and A30 roads longer and relegated the A6 down to fourth place.


Notable locations and improvements

Kegworth Interchange

Ariel view of the interchange
Main Article: Kegworth Interchange

The Kegworth Interchange is where the A6 crosses the M1 motorway. Its also the start of the A6's multiplex with the A50. It is Junction 24 of the M1.

Walton Bridge

Walton Bridge

Walton Bridge is the bridge the A6 crosses the River Ribble in Preston.

Opening Dates

Month Year Section Notes
May 2003 Alvaston Bypass Dual carriageway Bypass.
December 2002 Clapham Bypass

Links



A6
JunctionsA14 J10 • Apollo Roundabout • Archers Roundabout • Ashwood Park • Aston Interchange (Derby) • Bamber Bridge Interchange • Bamber Bridge Junction • Bignells Corner • Broughton Roundabout (Preston) • Brownedge Roundabout • Burton Road Roundabout (Kendal) • Chequerbent Roundabout • Chowns Mill Roundabout • Cinnamon Hill Interchange • Clifton Cross • Clophill Roundabout • Cooper Turning • Cuerden Roundabout • Downing Street Junction • Elstow Interchange • Glen Gorse Roundabout • Golden Fleece Interchange • Hampson Green Roundabout • Hathern Turn • Hob Inn Roundabout • Icknield Way Roundabout • Keer Level Roundabout • Kegworth Interchange • Kemplay Bank Roundabout • Kidney Wood Roundabout • King Street Junction • London Colney Roundabout • M1 J11A • M42 J14 • M61 J4 • Nene Park Roundabout • New King Street • Orton Roundabout • Palm Court Island • Peahen Crossroads • Raynesway Island • Raynesway Park Junction • Redhill Circle • Rising Sun (Hazel Grove) • Simpsons Corner • St Marys Roundabout (Luton) • Stockingstone • Telford Way Roundabout • The Bell Roundabout • The Cock Pitt • The Hermitage Roundabout • Thulston Roundabout • Wanlip Roundabout
ServicesCarnforth truckstop • Golden Fleece services • Leicester services
CrossingsBarrow upon Soar Bridge • Chapel Bypass Bridge • Derwent Bridge (Matlock) • Garstang Bridge • Great Bowden Bypass Bridge • Irthlingborough Viaduct • Kirkland Bridge • Knightsbridge • Luton Bridges • Matlock Bridge • Mersey Square Bridge • Milford Bridge • Rowsley Bridge • Skerton Bridge • Town Bridge (Bedford) • Walton Bridge (Preston) • Whatstandwell Bridge
RoadsA6(M) (Bredbury - Hazel Grove) • A6(M) (Heaton Norris - Hazel Grove) • A6/Bedford - Kettering • A6/Derby - Matlock • A6/Hazel Grove - Manchester • A6/Kendal - Penrith • A6/Kettering - Leicester • A6/Lancaster - Kendal • A6/Leicester - Derby • A6/Luton - Bedford • A6/Manchester - Preston • A6/Matlock - Hazel Grove • A6/Penrith - Carlisle • A6/Preston - Lancaster • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • NCN55 • T21 (Britain)
MiscellaneousA6/Named Junctions • A6/history • A6/route • Disley and High Lane Bypass
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Other nearby roads
LutonA1081 • A505 • A5065 • A5160 • A5228 • A5229 • A6/Luton - Bedford • A601 (Luton - Bourn Bridge) • A6129 • B4540 • B579 • B6425 (Luton) • B653 • B654 • C109 (Luton) • C204 (Luton) • C209 (Luton) • C210 (Luton) • C214 (Luton) • C219 (Central Bedfordshire) • C219 (Luton) • C26 (Hertfordshire) • E13 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • Icknield Way • M1 • T12 (Britain)
LeicesterA426 • A46 • A46(M) • A47 • A50 • A511 • A5125 (Leicester) • A5131 • A5199 • A5460 • A563 • A5630 • A594 (Leicester) • A6/Kettering - Leicester • A6/Leicester - Derby • A6030 • A607 • B4114 • B5327 • B5328 • B5365 • B5366 • B5380 • B5389 • B5403 • B5418 • B5419 (Leicestershire) • B568 • B568 (Leicester - Northampton) • B582 • B583 • B6416 • B6442 • B667 (Evington - Thurnby) • B667 (Humberstone - Thurmaston) • B667 (Thurmaston) • Droitwich - Leicester Motorway • E106 (Northampton - Leeds) • E13 • E31 (via Carlisle) • Fosse Way • M1 • M69 • T12 (Britain) • T15 (Britain) • T44 (Britain)
DerbyA38 • A50 • A5111 • A514 • A516 • A5194 • A52 • A5250 • A6/Derby - Matlock • A6/Leicester - Derby • A6005 • A601 • A608 • A6096 • A61 • B5019 • B5020 • B5021 • B5021 (Derby City Centre) • B5022 • B5381 (Derby) • B6000 • B6001 (Spondon- Ilkeston) • Derby Inner Circulatory Road • Derby Urban Motorway • M64 (Trentham - Long Whatton) • RM180 • RM182 • Ryknild Street • T12 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • T54 (Britain) • T55 (Britain)
ManchesterA34 • A5014 • A5067 • A5068 (Manchester) • A5079 • A5081 • A5103 • A5145 • A5184 • A5219 • A526 (Newcastle-under-Lyme - Salford) • A555 • A56 • A560 • A57 • A57(M) • A576 • A580 • A6(M) (Bredbury - Hazel Grove) • A6/Hazel Grove - Manchester • A6/Manchester - Preston • A6010 • A6042 • A6103 (Manchester) • A6104 • A6143 • A62 • A635 • A635(M) • A662 • A663 • A664 • A665 • B5093 • B5095 • B5117 • B5166 • B5167 • B5168 • B5217 • B5218 • B5219 • B5220 • B5221 • B5222 (Manchester) • B5223 • B5224 • B5225 • B529 • B5290 (Wythenshawe - Moss Side) • B5410 (Manchester) • B6167 • B6178 • B6179 (Manchester) • B6180 • B6181 • B6182 • B6185 • B6393 • B6469 • City Centre Road • E20 • E22 • M52 • M56 • M60 • M60 (Knutsford - Manchester) • M602 • M62 • M63 • M64 (Eccles - Salford) • M66 • M67 • M68 • Manchester Eastern By-pass • Manchester Inner Ring Road • Northern and Western Motorway • Princess Parkway Motorway • T12 (Britain) • T21 (Britain) • T60 (Britain) • T61 (Britain)
CarlisleA595 • A6/Penrith - Carlisle • A6122 • A689 • A69 • A7 • A74 • B5299 • B5307 • B5312 (Carlisle) • B6263 • B6264 • Cumberland Gap • E05 • E110 (Old System) • E18 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • M6 • NCN7 • T12 (Britain) • T25 (Britain) • T26 (Britain) • T73 (Britain)
A1-A99
The First 99           A1  •  A2  •  A3  •  A4  •  A5  •  A6  •  A7  •  A8  •  A9  • A10 • A11 • A12 • A13 • A14 • A15 • A16 • A17 • A18 • A19
A20 • A21 • A22 • A23 • A24 • A25 • A26 • A27 • A28 • A29 • A30 • A31 • A32 • A33 • A34 • A35 • A36 • A37 • A38 • A39
A40 • A41 • A42 • A43 • A44 • A45 • A46 • A47 • A48 • A49 • A50 • A51 • A52 • A53 • A54 • A55 • A56 • A57 • A58 • A59
A60 • A61 • A62 • A63 • A64 • A65 • A66 • A67 • A68 • A69 • A70 • A71 • A72 • A73 • A74 • A75 • A76 • A77 • A78 • A79
A80 • A81 • A82 • A83 • A84 • A85 • A86 • A87 • A88 • A89 • A90 • A91 • A92 • A93 • A94 • A95 • A96 • A97 • A98 • A99
Motorway sectionsA1(M): (South Mimms - Baldock • Alconbury - Peterborough • Doncaster Bypass • Darrington - Leeming • Barton - Birtley)
A3(M) • A8(M) Baillieston spur • A14(M) • A38(M) • A48(M) Cardiff spur • A57(M) • A58(M) • A64(M) • A66(M) • A74(M) • A92(M)
DefunctA1(M) Newcastle CME • A2(M) Medway Towns Bypass • A4(M) • A5(M) • A8(M) Renfrew bypass • A14 • A18(M) • A20(M) • A36(M)
A40(M): (Westway • Denham -Stokenchurch) • A41(M) • A42 • A46(M) • A48(M): (Port Talbot bypass • Morriston bypass) • A62(M) • A88 • A99
UnbuiltA2(M) Rochester Way Relief Road • A6(M): (Western route • Eastern route) • A34(M) • A48(M) Llantrisant Radial • A59(M) • A61(M)