Ray Hall

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Ray Hall
Location Map ( geo)
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Location
West Bromwich
County
Staffordshire
Highway Authority
Highways England
Junction Type
non-Directional-T
Roads Joined
M5, M6

Ray Hall interchange, is one of the most congested interchanges on the UK motorway network. It is the northern terminus of the M5 and junction 8 of the M6. It is located between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in a densely populated area.

The reason why this junction is so congested is because the M6 North carries all traffic from Birmingham around the local area and long distance traffic from London to the North-West. It meets the M5 and almost all of the M5's traffic heads north on the M6. The congestion is caused where the two roads meet because the M6 is D3M heading north approaching the junction and still D3M afterwards. Combined with the M5's D2M, five lanes attempt to merge into three, which means that congestion starts at the M5 junction 1 and M6 junction 7 at most times of the day.

However, for drivers heading south, this junction is a lot less congested, and comes as a relief to many after heading through the congested M6 between 10a and 9. It is also plain sailing for those heading from M5 north to M6 south and vice versa, because this movement is performed less frequently.

Routes

Route To Notes

M5

The SOUTH WEST, Birmingham (W & S), West Bromwich

M6

The NORTH WEST, Walsall, Wolverhampton

M6

London (M1 & M40), Birmingham (N,E & Cen.), N.E.C. & Airport

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Ray Hall
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Unbuilt"6A" Perry Barr • "10A" Short Heath • "14A" M6 "Expressway" • "14A" M64 • "15A" M6 "Expressway" • "16A" M6 "Expressway" • "27A" Euxton • "33A" "Junction 33A"
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