Walton Bridge Carrying the A6 over the River RibbleThe A6 in Preston

The A6 enters Preston from Broughton near to where the A6 crosses the M55 motorway. The A6 continues almost due south through the suburb of Fulwood. Turning South East as it heads towards the City Center.

Rather than going into the Center of Preston the road turns east onto The cities inner Ring road, turning south to exit the city over Walton Bridge over the River Ribble shown here.

 

 

M6 beng built over the River RibbleThe M6 in Preston

The M6 bypasses Preston to the east, Starting at Junction 32 int heads south east into the Ribble Valley, turning Southward and crossing the River Ribble near to Junction 31 then turning Westwards up to junction 30 for the M61 and Junction 29 just a mile further south.

Opened by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in December 1958 the Preston Bypass was Britains first Motorway. At the time the 9 miles from Broughton to Bamber Bridge was just 2 lanes with no Hard Shoulder. Today most of the Bypass is 4 lane to cope with modern traffic, a third lane being added in the mid 1960s the original motorway had s large central reservation which could be converted to an extra lane. The forth in the early 1990's by building an extra carrigeway, thus very little is left now of the original bypass.