We shall divide this into existing roads and "missing" roads. The "missing" roads will take up everything that is no longer here, which includes "projected" roads and motorways, like the M16 and M41 for example - oh yes, they ARE marked on the 1975 AA Handbook, but where are they now? What became of them? As the list is ever growing, it has become necessary to add anchors, so you can click the headings below to jump to the desired section. The Atlas Use Key explains the codes used in the studies of the particular roads.
M1 - The UKs first Official Motorway.
M25 - The Big Round London Headache.
M4 - The main artery connecting the heart of Wales to London.
M53 - Bizarre Birkenhead Motorway.
M60 - The New Manchester Orbital Motorway (Finished!!)
M67 - Ah this is nice... What do you mean End of Motorway 1 Mile?
M602 - Salford Expressway (prime example of an Urban Motorway).
A6144(M) - The UK's only single carriageway motorway. Be impressed.
M74 - The great western road to Scotland and the scene of my near death experience.
A38 - The long long South Westerly Road.
A466 - The Lovely Drive through the forest.
A1146 - The ultimate "Take my picture, it's the 60s" road.
M16 - The missing motorway, now part of the M25.
M41 - The Tale of the London Box and The Tring Bypass.
M63 - Sadly missed west-south Manchester mway, now part of the M60.
A18(M) - A very uncomfortable bit of motorway from the seventies.
A42 - Well, it was missing for a long time.
To make SABRE a reality, mixed up with my own (scant possibly!) knowledge of the road network, is the use of a few different road atlases, from varying years; from the undated but post war News Chronicle to the 1996 AA Atlas. Here are the atlases and their respective key:
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