A1(M)

A1 and A1(M)

Great North Road

London to Edinburgh

The A1 is the UK's longest numbered road and probably its most famous, linking London with Edinburgh and forming the backbone of the road network in mainland Britain.

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A1 and A1(M)

The Great North Road was only ever going to play a walk-on part in London's proposed urban motorway network.

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Opening booklets

In days gone by, new roads were often celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the issue of a commemorative booklet heralding the exciting new highway. You'll find some of them here, complete with a glimpse of all that empty tarmac and a healthy dose of modernist optimism.

Histories

The wonderful A1 21 December 2017

The A1 is the UK's longest road, but the part within London is easily overlooked. Here's five things you (maybe) didn't know about it.

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What's new

Imperfectly Odd: Batheaston Bypass

It has viaducts, a tunnel and plenty of controversy, but the amazing Batheaston Bypass doesn’t really work. What went wrong?

South London's lost motorways

Completing the story of London's epic Ringways, we've just published the Southern Radials, five more motorways that never saw the light of day.

To the north east!

Two new additions to our collection of Opening Booklets take us to Darlington and Middlesbrough.

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Operation Stack

If there's trouble crossing the Channel, you'll see the lorries queuing on the M20. What is Operation Stack? Why does it cause so much trouble? And why, more than twenty years after it started, are we still using it?