A74(M)

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A74(M)
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From: Abington (NS929246)
To: Gretna (NY331669)
Length: 48.5 miles (78.1 km)
Meets:  M74, A702, A701, A75, M6
Former Number(s): A74
Highway Authorities

Highways England • Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

Cumberland • Dumfriesshire • Lanarkshire

Route outline (key)
A74(M) Abington – Gretna
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
13 M74; A702, B7078 Start of Motorway
Services symbol.gif Abington services (At J13)
14 (N) No Exit A702
14 (S) A702 No Exit
15 A701, B7076 A701, B7076
16 B7076 B7076
Services symbol.gif Annandale Water Services
(At J16)
17 B7068 B7068
18 B723 No Exit
19 B725 B725
20 B722 B722
21 (N) No Exit B6357
21 (S) B7076 No Exit
Services symbol.gif Gretna Services
22 A75 (B7076)
The Border SCOTLAND ENGLAND
M6 J45 Start of Motorway M6
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For detailed information about this topic, see CBRD Motorway Database

Route

Running through rural Southern Scotland, the A74(M) forms the middle part of the England–Scotland motorway. It links the M6 to the M74. It shares its junction numbers with the M74.

Junctions

Abington Interchange

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Main Article: Abington Interchange

The Abington Interchange is where the A74(M) and M74 change numbers, and also forms the main access to Edinburgh from the motorway network. It was formerly a fork junction between A74 and A73. During the motorway construction in the early 1990s, the junction was rebuilt into the present layout.

Crawford & Elvanfoot Interchanges

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Main Article: Crawford and Elvanfoot Interchanges

The Crawford & Elvanfoot Interchanges are a series of junctions all belonging to J14 of the A74(M). It best to think of this junction as one even though the distance between the Entry & Exit slip roads of the southbound A74(M) is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) apart. These set of junctions are very much like the Sawtry Interchange on the A1(M) and the Leatherhead Interchange on the M25.

Guards Mill Interchange

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Main Article: Guards Mill Interchange

The Guards Mill Interchange is the southern terminus of the A74(M). It is a ½ diamond and it was built in the 1970s. Today it is where the A74(M) becomes M6.

Services

Abington services

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Main Article: Abington services

These services are shared between the M74 & the A74(M) and are operated by Welcome Break.

Gretna Green services

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Main Article: Gretna Green services

These services are the last on the A74(M). These services also has a secret exit to the B7076.

History

Main Article: M74 and A74(M) History

Opening Dates

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Motorway Database: M61 Timeline

Numbering Confusion

Since the 1990s, the route between Glasgow and the border has caused confusion for changing numbers at Abington (J13). This was exacerbated in December 2008 when the M6 was extended to meet the A74(M) at Gretna, thereby filling in the Cumberland Gap. Given that the three numbers were three separate stretches of motorway when the first section of A74(M) opened, and that the A74(M) was a temporary number (in the traditional style of the A48(M), etc.) it was a fairly logical thing until the planned renumbering didn't happen when the gaps were filled.

In effect, the M6, A74(M) and M74 are now the designations given to three sections of a single continuous motorway, with two en route changes of designation (unintentionally at the border and the turn-off for Edinburgh). The southernmost and by far the longest section is the M6; the M74 is the northernmost and shortest, with the A74(M) in the middle.

Junction numbers on the M6 increase northwards. At junction 45 it becomes the A74(M) and numbers decrease from 22 downwards as you head north to Glasgow on the A74(M)/M74.

Situations like this are common in France where, for instance, the A6 and A7 terminate end on in Lyon, with the A7 having been built from Marseilles and the A6 from Paris (other situations occur where toll motorways and free motorways have different numbers: eg. A71 and A75). However, the M74–A74(M) join is unique and the most bizarre.

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A74(M)
JunctionsAbington Interchange • Beattock Interchange • Cleuchbrae • Crawford and Elvanfoot Interchanges • Eaglesfield Interchange • Ecclefechan Interchange • Gretna Interchange • Guards Mill Interchange • Johnstonebridge Interchange • Kirkpatrick Fleming Interchange • Lockerbie North Interchange • Lockerbie South Interchange
ServicesAbington services • Annandale Water services • Gretna Green services
CrossingsElvanfoot Motorway Bridge • Mein Bridge
RoadsCumberland Gap • E05 • E18
PlacesAbington • Gretna • Lockerbie
Related Pictures
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1980 Strip Map of the A74 II - Coppermine - 2156.JPGA74(M)-The Border - Coppermine - 3511.JPGA74(M) in Lanarkshire, New Year's Eve 2005 - Coppermine - 4501.jpgM6 Sign 2A - Coppermine - 2629.jpgOld A74 Bridge, B7076 south of Crawford - Coppermine - 18511.JPG
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