Junction 33M6 Junction 33

 

Junction 33 opened in 1960 as the southern end of the Lancaster Bypass, feeding traffic back onto the A6. It was similar to the northern junction (35), in that the motorway was running parallel with the A6, it needing a sharp bend to take traffic to the terminal roundabout, like junction 35 this was described as a temporary bend. However this bend was much nearer to the A6 than that of junction 35 and was replaced 5 years sooner.

 

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On 1st January 1965 the connection between the two oldest pasts of the M6 the Preston and Lancaster Bypasses was opened, this meant changes to junction 33, gone was the temporary bend in its place the M6 now went straight through to the new section of motorway whilst the slip roads for the northbound carriageway where carried over the motorway on a bridge to join the southbound slip roads before the old terminal roundabout, an unusual arrangement for a junction.

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The southbound traveler on the M6 came across several changes at junction 33, the carriageway gained an extra third lane at the junction, bit also changed colour from the regular black of tarmac to a brown of a nonskid concrete block surface which graced the Lancaster to Preston section for about the next 25 years.

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The final change came shortly after with the widening of the Lancaster Bypass section of the M6 to 3 lanes. In 1975 the southbound sinage was changed with the opening of the M55. Prior to this the junction was the main junction for Blackpool from the north signed Blackpool, Fleetwood, however with the opening of the M55 Blackpool traffic was encouraged to use the new motorway by the signage to continue on the M6 being changed to Preston, Blackpool, with the a6 being changed to Garstang, Fleetwood. Later the northbound signage was changed from Lancaster to Lancaster (South) in the hope that some of the Lancaster Traffic would use junction 34.