Information

These pages offer a quick way to look up information and learn about the British road network - a miniature reference library of useful knowledge and trivia.

Abbreviations

S2, D3, D4M - talk among road enthusiasts bristles with arcane abbreviations for different types of road. What do they mean? All is explained in our handy guide.

British Roads FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the road network, some more obscure than others.

Dictionary

A glossary of the terms often used by people discussing British roads. Some are engineering terms, some were created by road enthusiasts, some have multiple meanings. All are defined here as clearly as possible.

Interchanges

Explore the different types of interchange you'll find all over the UK on limited access roads — roads with flyover junctions that separate fast moving traffic from the local road network.

Road signs

They're everywhere, but what do they mean? Join us on a journey through the UK's road sign system, from the colours and shapes that form their building blocks to the meaning of the most complex parking restrictions.

What's new

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.

The ghost junction

The only UK motorway that didn’t connect to ordinary roads finally got its own interchange in 2019. But it's not open, because it still doesn’t touch any ordinary roads.

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British Roads FAQ

The most Frequently Asked Questions where British Roads are concerned, and the answers. A good place to start if you're new to the subject or you're looking for quick facts.

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Published9 January 2017

Last updated8 November 2021