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Primary Destinations are the key target destinations that are shown on direction signs along the motorways, principal road network (A Roads) and other roads. These destinations are important key points along a motorway or principal route and are used in combination with local place names that are defined by each local highway authority. Primary destinations will appear above local destinations on direction signs due to a furthest first rule in the design guidance and will generally appear a closest first on route confirmatory signs.
In addition to the Primary Destinations, there are a number of Regional Destinations authorised for use by the DfT, these are, The NORTH, The SOUTH, The WEST, The NORTH WEST, The NORTH EAST, The SOUTH WEST, The LAKES, The MIDLANDS, NORTH WALES, SOUTH WALES and SCOTLAND. Regional destinations always appear in the format shown. The NORTH WEST is that part of England to the west of the Pennines, The NORTH is that part of England to the east of the Pennines.
Below are the current primary destinations, as defined by the following
- England - By a list published by the DfT on 18th December 2009
- Scotland - Using LTN 1/94, plus assumed changes as indicated by direction signs and maps
- Wales - Using LTN 1/94, plus assumed changes as indicated by direction signs and maps
For the 1994 list, see LTN 1/94, at the time of writing, no recent official lists are available for either Scotland or Wales.
The 2009 list of Primary Destinations for England only is available from the DfT website
In 2011, Road Classification was handed back to Highway Authorities, with the DfT just being oversight. Requests for new primary destinations were consulted on, and 7 new Primary Destinations were added (Birmingham Airport, East Midlands Airport, Luton Airport, Thamesport, Port of Tilbury, Colne and Minehead) and 1 (Stone) removed.
Post LTN 1/94 additions are in bold.
Basildon, Beccles, Bedford, Bishops Stortford, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Cromer, Dartford Crossing, Diss, Downham Market, Dunstable, Ely, Felixstowe, Great Yarmouth, Harlow, Harwich, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Huntingdon, Ipswich, King's Lynn, Lowestoft, Luton, Luton Airport, Newmarket, Norwich, Peterborough, Port of Tilbury, Southend, St Albans, Stansted Airport, Stevenage, Sudbury, Swaffham, Thetford, Watford, Wisbech
Ashbourne, Boston, Buxton, Chesterfield, Corby, Derby, East Midlands Airport, Gainsborough, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering, Leicester, Lincoln, Loughborough, Mansfield, Market Harborough, Matlock, Melton Mowbray, Newark, Northampton, Nottingham, Oakham, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford, Wellingborough, Worksop
Barking, Bexleyheath, Brent Cross, Brixton, Bromley, Central London, Clapham Junction, Croydon, Dalston, Docklands, Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith, Harrow, Heathrow Airport, Holloway, Hounslow, Ilford, Kilburn, Kingston, Lewisham, London, Peckham, Richmond, Romford, Stratford, Sutton, The City, Uxbridge, Walthamstow, Wembley, West End, Westminster, Wimbledon, Wood Green, Woolwich
Blackwall Tunnel is shown in maps as a primary destination.
Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bishop Auckland, Consett, Corbridge, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Hexham, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, South Shields, Stockton, Sunderland, Teesside, Tynemouth, Tyne Tunnel
Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Barrow, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bootle, Brough, Burnley, Bury, Carlisle, Chester, Clitheroe, Colne, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Fleetwood, Garston, Huyton, Heysham, Kendal, Keswick, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster, Leigh, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Morecambe, Nantwich, Northwich, Oldham, Penrith, Preston, Rochdale, Runcorn, Salford, Skelmersdale, Southport, Speke, St Helens, Stockport, Trafford Park, Wallasey, Warrington, Whitehaven, Widnes, Windermere, Wigan
Amersham, Andover, Ashford, Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bognor Regis, Bracknell, Brighton, Canterbury, Channel Tunnel, Chichester, Crawley, Dartford Crossing, Dover, Dorking, East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Fareham, Farnham, Folkestone, Gatwick Airport, Guildford, Hastings, High Wycombe, Horsham, Lewes, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Margate, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newhaven, Oxford, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Reading, Reigate, Ringwood, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Slough, Southampton, Staines, Thamesport, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Winchester, Worthing
Barnstaple, Bath, Bideford, Blandford, Bournemouth, Bodmin, Bridgwater, Bristol, Bude, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Cirencester, Dorchester, Exeter, Exmouth, Falmouth, Frome, Glastonbury, Gloucester, Helston, Honiton, Launceston, Liskeard, Marlborough, Minehead, Newquay, Okehampton, Paignton, Penzance, Plymouth, Poole, Redruth, Salisbury, Shepton Mallet, St Austell, Swindon, Taunton, Tavistock, Torquay, Trowbridge, Truro, Wadebridge, Warminster, Weston-super-Mare, Weymouth, Yeovil
Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, Bridgnorth, Bromsgrove, Brownhills, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Coventry, Dudley, Evesham, Hereford, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Leek, Leominster, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nuneaton, Oswestry, Redditch, Ross-on-Wye, Rugby, Rugeley, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Stourbridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tamworth, Telford, Uttoxeter, Walsall, Warwick, West Bromwich, Whitchurch, Wolverhampton, Worcester
Yorkshire and the Humber
Barnsley, Bradford, Bridlington, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Goole, Grimsby, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull, Humber Bridge, Immingham, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Ripon, Rotherham, Scarborough, Scotch Corner, Scunthorpe, Selby, Sheffield, Skipton, Thirsk, Wakefield, Wetherby, Whitby, York
Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Braemar, Campbeltown, Coldstream, Crianlarich, Dumfries, Dundee, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Elgin, Erskine Bridge, Forfar, Forth Road Bridge, Fort William, Fraserburgh, Galashiels, Glasgow, Greenock, Hawick, Inverness, Irvine, Jedburgh, Kilmarnock, Kincardine Bridge, Kirkcaldy, Kyle of Lochalsh, Mallaig, Montrose, Newtonmore, Oban, Paisley, Peebles, Perth, Peterhead, St Andrews, Stirling, Stranraer, Tay Bridge, Thurso, Ullapool, Wick
Abergavenny, Aberystwyth, Bala, Bangor, Betws-y-Coed, Brecon, Bridgend, Builth Wells, Caernarfon, Cardiff, Cardigan, Carmarthen, Chepstow, Conwy, Cwmbran, Dolgellau, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Holyhead, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandrindod Wells, Llandudno, Llanelli, Llangollen, Llangurig, Machynlleth, Merthyr Tydfil, Milford Haven, Mold, Monmouth, Neath, Newport, Newtown, Pembroke Dock, Porthmadog, Port Talbot, Queensferry, Rhayader, Ruthin, St Clears, Swansea, Tenby, Welshpool, Wrexham
Super Primary Destinations
The following Primary Destinations were, before LTN 1/94, considered to be more important primary destinations, signed first: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Dover, Edinburgh, Exeter, Fishguard, Glasgow, Great Yarmouth, Harwich, Holyhead, Hull, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Portsmouth and Southampton.