Junction 35M6 Junction 35

Junction 35 at Carnforth was the original northern end of the Lancaster Bypass, and until 1968 it was the most northerly junction on the M6, despite several modifications to the junction the original roundabout of the 1960 junction, is still there virtually unchanged from how it was built. The junction started life as a simple terminal roundabout for a 2 lane motorway, however notice the bend on theM6, this was signposted throughout the 1960's as a temporary bend, it was at this bend that most of the changes where to take place. .

 

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In 1965 the Lancaster and Preston bypasses where connected by the opening of a new 3 lane section, Carnforth was now the northen end of a motorway that streched about 120 miles to Stafford. Shortly after the Lancaster Bypass was converted to 3 lanes, all that is except for the last 1/2 mile north of the temporary bend.
 

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In 1970 the M6 was entended north, the result was a brand new junction sweeping away the temporary bend, the two junctions where number 35 (the new junction) and 35a (the old terminal roundabout). This junction remained a very busy junction for a the next 5 years being the junction for Carnforth, Morecambe, Kendal, Barrow & the Lakes, however with the opening of a dual carrigeway to connect the A6 near Kendal to junction 36 this junction (35) no longer served Kendal, Barrow and the Lakes. However with industrial traffic from Carnforth and traffic to Morecambe it still remained quite busy. However there was one problem watch the lorries as we expand on the road network in the movie below:-  

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Just outside Carnforth there are several Quarries, one very near to where the B6254 crosses the M6, the problem faced by lorry drivers as illustrated above is the fact of coming along the M6 under the B6254, continuing about 1/4 mile to Junction 35, then 1/2 mile to the A6 roundabout, another mile to Carnforth, negotiating a set of lights and possible queues, then 1/2 mile along the B6254, negotiating a narrow Canal Bridge, then crossing the M6 over the bridge they went under about 10 minutes previously and after more than 2 miles before turning into the quarry. The quarry owners had suggested a link with the motorway roundabout, less than 1/2 mile away. This road became a reality in 1985, the layout is as below:-

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The result was a short piece of new road connecting the M6 roundabout with the B6254. As the junction had 2 exits the new road as well as the original connection to the A6 needed to be numbered as it was now a through road, at leasat thats how the relevent authoroties saw it, but what should it be, a motorway? an A road or a B road? Previously it had been regarded as part of the M6. In the event they came up with an alternitive an A road which had become a motorway or A(M) as some are known the number chosen was 601 so the road from the A6 to the B6254 was given the number A601(M). This is all well and good, but the A601(M) should be a motorway replacement for the A601? In fact the A601 is about 130 miles south along the A6 in Derby!. The other oddity about the A601(M) is that it is the only motoway to end on a B road, truly an oddity among Britains Motorways.