Junction 41M6 Junction 41

Junction 41 was first opened in 1968, the Penrith Bypass had just been completed, however there was a minor problem at the northern end, the designated route was planned to go to Carlisle, however for the next 3 years traffic needed to be filtered back onto the A6 which as about a mile to the east. The solution was to build a new road, the B5305 ran nearby, by taking a route off this road just north of the junction, then continuing the new road easterly over the main railway line and to a new roundabout on the A6 this problem could be overcome. The junction was as is shown below:-

 

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In 1971 the M6 was completed further north to Carlisle, the junction became one of the most underused junctions on the M6 being the junction for Wigton both north and southbound, the north bound is quite logical, but who would want to go 15 miles down a motorway then another 15 miles up a B road when the journey can be done in 11 miles by using the A595 unless there was a real problem getting through Carlisle! The junction is now as shown below:-  

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