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The Great North Road
From:London (TQ321812)
To:Edinburgh (NT258750)
Length:396 miles (637.3 km)
Meets: M1, M18, M25, M62
A1(M), A14(M), A194(M)
Primary Destinations
Alnwick • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Central London • Edinburgh • Gateshead • Grantham • Huntingdon • Morpeth • Newark-on-Trent • Newcastle upon Tyne • Peterborough • Pontefract • Scotch Corner • Stamford • Stevenage
Highway Authorities

Highways Agency  • Transport for London  • Transport Scotland  • Edinburgh

Traditional Counties

Bedfordshire  • Berwickshire  • Cambridgeshire  • Durham  • East Lothian  • Hertfordshire  • Huntingdonshire  • Lincolnshire  • Midlothian  • Middlesex  • Northamptonshire  • Northumberland  • Nottinghamshire  • Rutland  • Yorkshire

Route outline (key)
A1 St Paul's Cathedral -
St Paul's Tube Station
A1 St Paul's, London - Islington
A1 Islington - Golders Green
(A406) Golders Green
A1 Golders Green - South Mimms
A1(M) South Mimms - Baldock
A1 Baldock - Alconbury
A1(M) Alconbury - Peterborough
A1 Peterborough - Blyth
A1(M) Blyth - Doncaster
A1 Doncaster - Darrington
A1(M) Darrington - Dishforth
A1 Dishforth - Darlington
A1(M) Darlington - Washington
A1 Washington - Brunstane
A1 Brunstane - Edinburgh

The A1 is perhaps the most significant of roads in the United Kingdom, not only is it the longest, but it is known as the Great North Road. The A1 is more than just a road, it is significant for having several different characteristics, from city route, to urban dual carriageway to busy rural motorway, the A1 is a road of many flavours.



London to Peterborough: from the heart of the capital to fields of the East Midlands

A1 Aldersgate Street

Peterborough to Scotch Corner: through the East Midlands and Yorkshire

Construction of the A1(M)/M62 junction

Scotch Corner to Edinburgh: through the Borders and onwards to Edinburgh

Needs appropriate photo

Roader's Digest Entry

An old tale of the Great North Road

In the early days of SABRE a number of members got chatting late one night and started discussing about duplicate numbers of roads. The discussion soon developed into an idea to write up all the roads in the country and indeed, however some early members got very carried away with the whole thing...

Significant Improvements

Bridgeworks on the A1 Upgrading Wetherby

The A1(M) Bramham to Wetherby scheme was an on line upgrade of the A1 dual carriageway between junctions 44 and 46, costing £70 million. This section of the A1(M) carries 85,000 vehicles per day.

The A1 just south of Scotch Corner in 2006
Main Article: A1 Early Improvements

A series of bypasses where constructed through the 1960's around market towns such as Newark, Stamford and Grantham, these schemes massively reduced travel times on the Great North Road and provided vital relief for traffic choked towns.

A1 individual sections



Pathetic Motorways

Roads UK

SABRE Forums

JunctionsEast Denton Interchange • Eighton Lodge Interchange • Ferrybridge • Scotch Corner
ServicesBaldock services • Barnsdale Bar services • Barton Park truckstop • Barton services • Blyth services • Brampton Hut services • Colsterworth services • Durham services • Ferrybridge services • Grantham North services • Kirby Hill services • Markham Moor services • Newark services • Peterborough services • Scotch Corner services • Seaton Burn services • South Mimms services • Sprotborough services • Wansford services • Washington services • Wetherby services
CrossingsA1 Blaydon Bridge • A1 Bridge (East Linton) • Alnwick Viaduct • Berwick Bypass Bridge • Blaydon Bridge • Coquet Viaduct • Stainby Road Bridge • Stamford Bypass • Swing Bridge (Tyne) • Tempsford Bridge • Wansford Bypass Bridge • Wentbridge Viaduct
ProjectsA1(M) Bramham to Wetherby
RoadsA1(M)/Alconbury - Peterborough • A1(M)/Barton - Birtley • A1(M)/Blyth - Adwick le Street • A1(M)/Darrington - Leeming • A1(M)/Newcastle Central Motorway East • A1(M)/South Mimms - Baldock • A1/Adwick le Street - Darrington • A1/Baldock - Alconbury • A1/Birtley - Morpeth • A1/Central London - South Mimms • A1/Dunbar - Portobello • A1/Leeming - Barton • A1/Morpeth - Dunbar • A1/Peterborough - Blyth • A1/Portobello - Central Edinburgh • A1/via Tyne Tunnel • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E15 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E31 (via Newcastle) • Ermine Street • Peddars Way • T21 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain)
Miscellaneous1924 A1 Renumbering • A1 London - Peterborough • A1/Early Improvements • A1/Named Junctions • A1/Roaders Digest Entry
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A1 Angel of the North at Gateshead - Coppermine - 12063.jpgA1 Gonerby Moor Roundabout from Services - Coppermine - 9612.jpgOld A1 between wetherby and walshford - Coppermine - 21110.jpgSouth bridge elevation noting width of road at Colsterworth - Coppermine - 22013.JPGThe old and the new - Geograph - 1760165.jpg
The First 99

Motorways and Defunct Itineraries:
A1(M) (Herts·Hunts·Doncaster·Yorks·Durham·NewcastleA2(M): (London·MedwayA3(M)·A4(M)·A5(M)·A6(M): (West·EastA8(M)
A14(M)·A14·A18(M)·A20(M)·A36(M)·A38(M)·A40(M): (London·BucksA41(M)·A42·A46(M)

A48(M): (Cardiff·Port Talbot·Morriston)·A57(M)·A58(M)·A61(M)·A64(M)·A66(M)·A74(M)·A88·A92(M)·A99