Deserted, naked, empty – what Spaghetti Junction looks like in Birmingham amid the coronavirus crisis
Deserted pavements, a clear tarmac and barely a car in sight – this is what Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham looks like amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Photographs show light traffic as it moves through the Gravelly Hill interchange, junction 6 of the M6 motorway where it meets the A38 Aston motorway, commonly referred to as Spaghetti Junction.
Images, taken on March 30, show Birmingham’s busiest exchange amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Spaghetti Junction serves 18 routes and normally carries over 200,000 vehicles per day. During the lockdown, only key workers and trucks use the artery.
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has spread to many countries around the world, killing more than 30,000 and infecting hundreds of thousands more.
Other images show an empty stretch of the M1 motorway near Nottingham as the UK continues to lock down to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
It comes as hundreds of thousands of people in Birmingha are now working from home, after the government halted all but essential travel to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Ten days ago, before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter travel restrictions, photos of the region’s highways captured them, seemingly appearing quieter than usual, but still filled with traffic.
It was the same story on the M62, in footage taken by our sister title The Liverpool Echo.
As of 9 a.m. on March 31, a total of 143,186 people had been tested for Covid-19 in the UK, of which 25,150 tested positive, according to the Department of Health and Social Affairs.
But the latest figures from Public Health England show fewer than 10,000 tests per day are currently being performed, compared to 70,000 per day in Germany.