Junction 39M6 Junction 39

Junction 39 is the highest junction on the M6 being less than half a mile from Shap summit, the highest point on the M6. The junction was opened on 11th October 1970 as the most northerly junction on the then new section of the M6 from Farlton to join the Penrith Bypass near Hackthorpe. The junction was intened to serve Kendal for southbound traffic, as well as the village of Shap. The junction is a very simple design, similar to junction 37 in that it has 4 slip roads coming onto/off a single carrigeway bridge. What is unusual about this junction is that this bridge is on a minor road, serving some local quarries, traffic is directed westward where after 1/4 mile the road joins the B6261 coming in from Orton, 1/2 mile after the road comes to a 'T', junction with the A6, the A6 south of this junction being a primary route, north of the junction it becomes a non primary route, most maps show the section of the B6261 and the minor road leaving to the motorway as a primary route! The junction is as shown below:-

 

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