Southbound Sign at Junction 15M6 Junction 15

This is now the second junction and most southerly for the A500, which now makes its way easterly into Stoke on Trent then northerly through the city before turning westerly to complete a half moon arc to rejoin the M6 at junction 16.

When this junction opened in 1962 the northern section of the A500 had just been completed from Junction 15 to the A34, so as not to cause confusion the road from this junction was given the number A5006 the junction was the southern end of the Newcastle/Stoke on Trent bypass taking traffic from the line of the M6 easterly to the A34 as shown below:-

 

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It was only a month before the M6 opened further south the junction became as being what has been described as a trumpet shape being a dual carriageway dividing one way for northern m6 traffic and the other way for southern M6 traffic as shown below:-

 

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All other changes came away from the junction with the A500 being extended through Stoke eventually the A5006 was given the number A500 which it remains today.