“Despite its arduous birth, Gravelly Hill generated a certain amount of giddy excitement, even if it didn’t quite match the febrile reaction to the M1 in 1959. By May 1970 the junction was complete enough for curious members of the public to be found upon it. Two months before the grand opening, in a late example of motorway-spotting, a Burton-upon-Trent coach firm, Victory Motors, ran trips here for 65p return. A spokesman for the West Midlands Tourist Board reasoned, ‘Four thousand years ago people would probably have gone to see the Pyramids for the same reason’.”MORAN, J., On Roads: a hidden history, (London, Profile, 2010) (p.46)
Coach tours to Spaghetti Junction must surely be one of the most bizarre destinations advertised by an English coach operator. You can perhaps understand the trips made from both sides of the Bristol Channel in 1966 to the Severn Bridge viewing area. Here was an elegant piece of engineering in an age of luxury coaching excursions. But the M6/A38(M), six years later?