|Location Map ( geo)|
|On the loop between the M69 and M6|
|M6, M69, A46, A4600, B4065|
|Junctions related to the A4600|
The junction opened with the M6 in 1971 as a simple Roundabout interchange which connected the M6 to the A46. Before opening there were plans to replace the A46 between Coventry and Leicester with a motorway and provide an eastern bypass for Coventry. This would involve making alterations to a junction that wasn't yet open. Initial options for improving the junction were a three level roundabout interchange and a limited access interchange with freeflow connections to the M69 from the M6 west and the now A4600 from Coventry. Both these designs made use of all or part of the existing planned roundabout but they were found to be inadequate for the expected traffic flows. The M69 was planned to be built ahead of the eastern bypass so it would dump all its traffic at the junction. A better design was eventually chosen and built.
As previously mentioned, the junction originally opened as a roundabout interchange in 1971. The M69 was built in 1977 and the junction was altered to provide the movements required with stubs at the southern end of the M69 ready to accept the eastern bypass. The eastern bypass duly arrived in 1989. Traffic levels started rising and increasing congestion at the junction resulted in extra lanes and traffic lights added in 2009.
The connection between the A46 towards Coventry and the main roundabout was at one point provided via a half-dumbbell (which, despite the two roundabouts, acted like a fork junction, as only two movements were useful; parts of the roundabout could not usefully be driven on). At some point in 2010, this was converted into a signalised half-diamond to improve access to Ansty Business Park. This leads to an unusual situation in which a pair of roundabouts were constructed to allow for future expansion, but then removed later on as a consequence of the expansion.
|The NORTH WEST
|The NORTH (M1)
Coventry (E & S)
|Coventry (N & Cent)
|Wolvey, Ansty||Former A46|