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M45

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M45
Location Map ( geo)
M45 motorway at Dunchurch - Geograph - 1286639.jpg
M45 at Dunchurch
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From:  Watford Gap (SP587698)
To:  Thurlaston (SP465714)
Distance:  8 miles (12.9 km)
Meets:  M1, A45
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Traditional Counties

Northamptonshire • Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
M45 Watford Gap — Thurlaston
Junction List
Junc Westbound Eastbound
M1 J17 M1 Start of road
- No Access A45
1 Start of road A45
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For detailed information about this topic, see Roads.org.uk Motorway Database and Pathetic Motorways


Built as a spur to the A45 towards Coventry and Birmingham when the original M1 was built in 1959. It is D2M and is extremely quiet. It was originally built without hard shoulders, but these were added in 1967. Otherwise it is currently almost original, with the exception of the junction in the middle which acts as a bypass of the village of Dunchurch.

Junctions

Kilsby Interchange

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Main Article: Kilsby Interchange

The Kilsby Interchange is the junction linking the M45 to the M1. It is a south-facing fork, and the oldest motorway-motorway interchange in the United Kingdom.


History

For detailed information about this section, see Roads.org.uk Motorway Database: M45 Construction Timeline
The M45 c. 1960. At this point, A45 traffic still had to go through Dunchurch.

The M45 was opened in its entirety opened on 2 November 1959, on the same day as the initial section of the M1.

Since the motorway's opening, the only significant change has been a limited access junction to the east of Dunchurch with the A45, which allows the M45 to act as a Dunchurch bypass.


Links

Roads.org.uk

Roads UK

Pathetic Motorways



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M45 Onley lane - Geograph - 1671420.jpgM45 Western End of Motorway Thurlaston - Coppermine - 16380.jpgM45 - source - Coppermine - 1492.jpgM45 motorway at Dunchurch - Geograph - 1286639.jpgM45 to A45 Direction Sign Approaching Motorway End - Coppermine - 11765.jpg
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