Spaghetti Junction #2

Mark Durant

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Gravelly Hill Interchange, better known as Spaghetti Junction, is junction 6 of the M6 motorway where it meets the A38 motorway, A38 road and A5127 road.

There are now interchanges in Australia, Canada, U.S. & South Africa called Spaghetti Junctions but the Gravelly Hill Interchange was the first.

Its colloquial name was coined in the 1970s by a sub-editor of the Birmingham Evening Mail, Alan Eaglesfield, after he realised that an aerial picture of the complex system of intertwined loops and ramps reminded him of a plate of spaghetti.

Underneath the motorway junction are the meeting points of local roads; the rivers Tame, Rea and the Hockley Brook; electricity lines; gas pipelines; the Cross-City and Walsall railway lines, and Salford Junction where the Grand Union Canal, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and Tame Valley Canal meet.

The importance of the site for so many services led to the belief that it was a strategic target for a Soviet nuclear weapon during the Cold War. Although this has yet to be verified.

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