M69 shield
Route information
Maintained by Highways England
Length15.7 mi (25.3 km)
Existed1976 (1976)–present
HistoryConstructed 1976–77
Major junctions
North endLeicester
Major intersections

M6 motorway
Junction 3.svg
Junction 21.svg

M1 motorway
South endCoventry
CountryUnited Kingdom
Nuneaton, Hinckley
Road network
M67 M73
Heading east along the road
Heading east along the road

The M69 is a 15.7-mile (25.3 km) dual three lane dual carriageway motorway in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, England. It runs between junction 21 of the M1 near Leicester and junction 2 of the M6 near Coventry. It opened in 1977.


The motorway, also known at the time as the 'Coventry – Leicester Motorway'[1] was completed in 1977 following a public inquiry in 1972.[2] It took traffic from the A46, which was subsequently downgraded.


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 (Junction 2, known locally as 'Reacharound Island' because of the limited slip roads). It then crosses the Birmingham to Peterborough railway line terminating in the vicinity of suburban Enderby and Braunstone to the south west of Leicester Junction 3, where it meets the M1 with continuation along the A5460/A563 towards Leicester.

The motorway has no services given that this function is fulfilled at present by Leicester Forest East services and Corley services in close proximity to the start and end points of this relatively short motorway.

Proposed developments

Main article: M1 motorway

There is an aspiration to construct a new slip road and road bridge for traffic travelling southbound on the M1 to join the M69.[3]

In popular culture

Main article: M69 derby

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.


County Location mi km Junction Destinations Notes
Warwickshire Coventry 0 0 M6 J2[coord 1] M6 – Birmingham, Manchester
A4600 – Coventry
A46 – Coventry
road continues south as A46
6.2 10.0 1[coord 2] A5 – Tamworth, Rugby
B4109 – Hinckley
Leicestershire 8.9 14.3 2[coord 3] B4669 – Hinckley, Sapcote No Northbound entrance or Southbound exit
Leicester 15.7 25.3 M1 J21[coord 4] M1 – Nottingham, Northampton, London
A5460 – Leicester
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Coordinate list
  1. ^ 52°26′14″N 1°25′24″W / 52.4372°N 1.4232°W / 52.4372; -1.4232 (Junction 2 of M6)
  2. ^ 52°30′54″N 1°21′41″W / 52.5150°N 1.3613°W / 52.5150; -1.3613 (Junction 1 of M69)
  3. ^ 52°32′25″N 1°19′00″W / 52.5402°N 1.3168°W / 52.5402; -1.3168 (Junction 2 of M69)
  4. ^ 52°36′02″N 1°11′42″W / 52.6005°N 1.1951°W / 52.6005; -1.1951 (Junction 3 of M69)

See also


  1. ^ "Motorways Programme HC Deb 4 May 1971 vol 816 cc332-5W". Hansard. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  2. ^ The Motorway Archive – M69 Archived 16 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "M1/M69 Public Consultation Information – The new solution". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.

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