|M74 Junction 9|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|The Fork Sign|
|Junctions related to the B7078|
|Abington Interchange • Canderside Toll • Canderwater Interchange • Millbank Interchange • Poniel Interchange • Strathaven Roundabout • Wellburn Interchange|
Junction 9 of the M74 is an unusual junction comprising a single, long and sinuous, southbound exit slip road.
It arose from the first southward extension of the M74 in 1986 (see M74 and A74(M) History). This extension was partly an on-line widening of the A74 Blackwood bypass, originally opened in 1963. Where the new motorway line diverged from that of the older bypass, a section of former southbound carriageway survived to form the slip road.
At the divergence the slip road is carried over the B7086 on the surviving eastern half of a 1963 bridge. The western half was demolished to make space for the eastern half of a new bridge carrying the new main carriageways.
The slip road passes under Vere Road by a bridge built to accommodate the original dual carriageway.
|The SOUTH, Carlisle||only accessed from M74|