Junction 42M6 Junction 42

Junction 42 started life out os the southern end of the Carlisle bypass. It is the most northerly point where the A6 and M6 meet. Opened in 1970 the A6 to Carlisle needed realigning to bring it into the most suitable place for the junction, the old A6 following the Roman Road is still there except for a gap where the M6 crosses. Two other roads where brought into the junction, the B6263 to Wetheral and a minor road leading to Dalston.

 

 

 

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After just 7 months the M6 opened through to Penrith, the junction became the main southern junction for Carlisle, however more recently signage has changed to encourage City Centre traffic to use junction 43 the A69, thus lessoning traffic on the A6. The junction is what is regarded as the safest type of motorway junction, with the motorway passing underneath the junction roundabout.  

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