05/12/2008

Scottish Borders Motorway Link Eases Travel From NI

The long haul for travellers from Northern Ireland through ferry ports in western Scotland to England and beyond just got easier.

Exactly 50 years since the UK's first motorway class road opened, Transport Minister Andrew Adonis (pictured) has today officially opened the latest stretch of motorway - bridging a 'missing link' between London and Glasgow.
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Half a century to the day after the nation's first motorway standard road - the Preston Bypass - was opened by then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, the Highways Agency's £174 million M6 Extension from north of Carlisle to the Scottish Border was being opened to motorists.

Andrew Adonis said: "I am delighted to mark the 50th birthday of motorways in the UK by opening this vital section of new motorway which completes the motorway link between London and Glasgow."

The new 5.8 mile section M6 Extension has been upgraded from the old A74 dual carriageway between Carlisle and Guards Mill providing safer and less congested journeys for long-distance traffic between the North West of England and Scotland.

(JM)(BMcC)

See: Special Birthday Celebrated With Opening Of £174m M6 Extension

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