BIRMINGHAM’s infamous Spaghetti Junction is slipping from the affections of local residents, according to a new survey commissioned by car
BIRMINGHAM’s infamous Spaghetti Junction is slipping from the affections of local residents, according to a new survey commissioned by car supermarket Motorpoint.
The survey, conducted ahead of the official opening of Motorpoint Birmingham next month, questioned motorists living and working close to the junction and found that only a third thought favourably of the infamous interchange.
One of Europe’s largest motorway junctions, Spaghetti Junction was once considered one of Birmingham’s most respected landmarks. Officially named the Gravelly Hill Interchange, it was dubbed Spaghetti Junction by journalist Roy Smith, because of its similarity to a plate of spaghetti.
The junction was initially designed as the gateway into Birmingham from the M6 motorway. Covering an area of 30 acres, it took four years to complete and today carries an average of 210,000 vehicles every day.
However, Motorpoint’s survey found that as Birmingham’s transport network has evolved, Spaghetti Junction’s popularity has waned, with just one in five admitting to feeling positive towards it. As the junction’s new neighbour on Lichfield Road, Motorpoint is hoping to play its part in putting Spaghetti Junction back on the map for local motorists and, in the process, once again celebrate what is unquestionably a feat of modern transport engineering.
John Hood, general manager at Motorpoint Birmingham, explained: “Spaghetti Junction is just one of those things; you either love it or you hate it. However, we think Spaghetti Junction is more than just a piece of concrete. That’s why we want to celebrate our near neighbour at our launch event in September.”
To mark the official opening of the Birmingham site, Motorpoint will be giving one lucky person the chance to drive away in a Fiat 500 on Saturday, September 14 from its eight-acre site on the Lichfield Road.