M6 Junction 16
Occasionally a new motorway junction also comes with a brand new 'A', road, this happened with junction 16. The M6 was opened in stages through Cheshire and Staffordshire through 1962 and 1963, this section was a direct replacement for the A34 which ran south out of Manchester to Congleton, Newcastle upon Lyme, Stone, Stafford then on the Birmingham before heading south east through Oxford to near Winchester. This road was part of the old Trunk Road network favoured by motorist going from the north west of England to London.
Junction 16 was the northen junction of the Newcastle under Lyme/Stoke on Trent Bypass which open on 5th November 1962, however there was one major hurdle to overcome, the M6 was about 4 miles west of the A34 with no natural 'A' road on hand to connect the two roads, so the only solution was to build a new road, thus the A500 was born as a 4 mile dual carrigeway road linking junction 16 with the A34.
The junction is literally a few yards north of the Cheshire/Staffordshire border, the place the M6 going southbound leaves the North West of England and enters the Midlands. The junction os shown below is a roundabout below the motorway junction, with the problem of braking going downhill and accelerating going uphill as you leave and join the M6.
|It took 2 days short of a year for the M6 to be opened up north of here to join with the section of the M6 already open from the Preston Bypass to Warrington, this resulted in changes made to the junction as shown below:-|
|It was to be over 25 years before any major modifications where made to this junction, just a few miles west of this junction lay the Cheshire towns of Crewe and Nantwich with the A51 link to Chester, it was logical that a road be provided from the M6 to these town's in 1990 the A500 was extended west to a junction with the A5020 to link these towns with the M6, the completion of the Nantwich bypass meant a direct link to the A51 thus this junction became the northbound junction for Chester. With the addition of the B5078 to link the junction to Alsager the junction today is shown below:-|
Today the junction has been resigned being one of the more important junctions northbound on this section of the M6 being the junction for Stoke North, Crewe, Nantwich and Chester. Southbound it countinues to be the main junction for Stoke North, Newcastle under Lyme and Crewe.
With thanks to Nick Regan for help with this page.