Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction, otherwise known as Junction 6 on the M6, is one of Birmingham's most famous - and notorious - landmarks. The junction is officially recorded as Gravelly Hill Interchange, but the title is rarely used. The name "Spaghetti Junction" more closely captures the appearance of the junction, where three motorways meet and tangle with a host of major and minor roads that lead into and out of Birmingham.

Spaghetti Junction, which is about two miles long from end to end, is raised hundreds of feet above the ground on concrete pillars. It was constructed and opened in the early 1970s, along with the section of the M6 to which it is joined. Its main distinction is that most of it is single carriageway, although this is slightly misleading, as there are 7 lanes, of which 6 are in use at any time.

Spaghetti Junction Satellite Photograph
A-Z Birmingham Street Atlas


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