|Location Map ( geo)|
|Folded Half Diamond|
There was originally no junction here nor was one planned when the M6 was first built. In the late 1960s the area around Preston was designed a new town and a new road network was planned. A junction was planned in exactly the same location as today's junction but it was to serve a completely different purpose. A major road, known as the Eastern Primary, would have ran from Haighton Interchange and re-connect to the motorway network further south near Bamber Bridge. The junction would have been the main entrance to the new town from the north and was to be of a freeflow design to maximise capacity. The layout shown here was set by the mid-1970s. Junctions further south would have served traffic coming from the south so south facing slips were deemed unnecessary. In addition, the north facing slips at J31 would close although it's unclear why this would be necessary given there would be no weaving issues.
New towns were rarely completed as intended and Central Lancashire New Town is no exception. The Eastern Primary was never built apart from a small section near Bamber Bridge so there was no need for the junction.
The M6 was widened in the 1990s and at the same time plans for a junction at Haighton re-emerged, this time for a different reason. A new employment area was being developed and a junction would be required to serve it. Unlike the 1970s proposals, this was built with south facing slips. The addition of north facing slips has been considered but is deemed unlikely.
|The LAKES, Lancaster, Blackpool (M55)||access to/from M6 only|
|The SOUTH, (M61, M58)|
|(M6),(M55), Preston (East)|
|Longridge Ind Estates (B6243)||on some signs as B6241|
|Park and Ride|
- The Lancashire County Council (Proposed Connecting Roads to M6 Motorway at Haighton) Special Roads Scheme 1992 Confirmation Instrument 1993