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M69 motorway
UK motorway M69.PNG

Road of the United Kingdom

Length 15.7 miles (25.3 km)
Direction Southwest - Northeast
Start Coventry
Primary destinations Nuneaton
End Leicester
Construction dates 1976 - 1977
Motorways joined UK-Motorway-M6.svg
M6 motorway
M1 motorway
Heading east along the road

The M69 is a lightly used 15.7-mile (25.3 km) dual three lane dual carriageway motorway in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, England connecting Leicester and Coventry. It opened in 1977.



The motorway, also know at the time as the 'Coventry – Leicester Motorway'[1] was completed in 1977 following a public inquiry in 1972.[2] It replaced the A46 road which was subsequently downgraded. Until the A14 road was built in the early-1990s the M6 only provided access to the southbound carriageway of the M1.[citation needed]


Starting at the northeastern suburbs of Coventry at junction 2 of the M6, the motorway crosses the Coventry Canal and then continues northeast past Bulkington and west of Wolvey before turning more easterly to run south of Hinckley. It then crosses the Birmingham to Peterborough railway line before ending on the southwestern edge of Leicester.

Proposed developments


M1/M69 Junction

There is an aspiration to construct a new slip road and road bridge for traffic traveling southbound on the M1 south to join the M69. The M1 would also be widened to dual 4 lane or dual 5 lane between junctions 21 and 21a. [3]

In popular culture

Since the completion of the M69 motorway linking Coventry and Leicester, the motorway's number has given its name to the derby between the two football clubs playing in each city - Coventry City and Leicester City. These two clubs are rivals in the M69 derby, and since the completion of the motorway they have played each other at least twice in most of their subsequent football seasons.


M69 motorway
Northbound exits* Junction Southbound exits*
Leicester A5460 (A563)
Northampton M1
M1 J21
Start of motorway
The NORTH, Nottingham M1 No exit
No exit J2 Hinckley B4669
Nuneaton A5
Hinckley B4109
J1 Nuneaton A5
Hinckley B4109
Start of motorway M6 J2 Coventry (North), Birmingham
The SOUTH, Rugby
(Kettering A14) M6
Coventry (Central) A4600
Ansty B4065
Coventry (North), Birmingham
The SOUTH, Rugby
(Kettering A14) M6
Coventry (Central) A4600
Ansty B4065
Non-motorway traffic
Road continues as A46 (to M40) via
Coventry (South) and Leamington Spa
Note: M69 runs south-westerly / north-easterly for the entire route.

See also


External links

Coordinates: 52°31′23″N 1°20′18″W / 52.5230°N 1.3382°W / 52.5230; -1.3382


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