|Length:||299 miles (481.2 km)|
|Meets:|| M1, M61, M6, A1081, A14|
A50, A38, A591, A590, A7
|East Midlands Airport|
Cumbria • Derby • Highways England • Lancashire • Leicester • Manchester • Salford • Stockport • Cheshire East • Bolton • Derbyshire • Leicestershire • Northamptonshire • Luton • Bedford • Central Bedfordshire
|Route outline (key)|
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 - Bedford • Bedford - Kettering • Kettering - Leicester • Leicester - Derby • Derby - Matlock • Matlock - Hazel Grove • Hazel Grove - Manchester • Manchester - Preston • Preston - Lancaster • Lancaster - Kendal • Kendal - Penrith • Penrith - Carlisle
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
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 is the bridge the A6 crosses the River Ribble in Preston.
|May||2003||Alvaston Bypass||Dual carriageway Bypass.|
|December||2002||Clapham Bypass||?||2018 ?||single carriageway southern bypass of Kegworth expected to open late 2018||