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A1 flag sign on Princes Street, Edinburgh
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The Great North Road
From:  London (TQ321812)
To:  Edinburgh (NT258740)
Distance: 396 miles (637.3 km)
Meets:  M1, M18, M25, M62
A1(M), A14(M), A194(M)
Primary Destinations
Scotch Corner
Highway Authorities

City of London • Edinburgh • Highways England • Islington • Transport for London • Transport Scotland


TfL Central • TfL North • HE Area 5 • HE Area 8 • HE Area 6 • HE Area 7 • HE Area 12 • HE Area 14 • TS South East TRU
Traditional Counties

Bedfordshire • Berwickshire • Cambridgeshire • Durham • East Lothian • Hertfordshire • Huntingdonshire • Lincolnshire • Middlesex • Midlothian • 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 - 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.

Route

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


A1 historic route from 1922/3 numbering


Roader's Digest Entry

An old tale of the Great North Road
Main Article: A1 Roaders Digest Entry

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

Significant Improvements

Bridgeworks on the A1 Upgrading Wetherby
Main Article: A1(M) Bramham to 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


Links

CBRD

Roads UK

Pathetic Motorways



A1
SectionsA1(M)/Alconbury - Peterborough • A1(M)/Blyth - Adwick le Street • A1(M)/South Mimms - Baldock • A1/Adwick le Street - Darrington • A1/Baldock - Alconbury • A1/Birtley - Morpeth • A1/Central London - South Mimms • A1/Dunbar - Musselburgh • A1/Morpeth - Dunbar • A1/Musselburgh - Central Edinburgh • A1/Peterborough - Blyth • A1/via Tyne Tunnel
ProjectsA1(M) Bramham to Wetherby • A1(M) Dishforth to Barton
JunctionsAlconbury South Interchange • Angel • Blue House Roundabout • Boot and Shoe Roundabout • Busby Stoop Roundabout • Catterick North Interchange • Catterick South Interchange • East Denton Interchange • Eighton Lodge Interchange • Ferrybridge • Follingsby Interchange • Gainsborough Corner • Howdon Interchange • Lindisfarne Interchange • Neville's Cross • Racecourse Roundabout (Doncaster) • Scotch Corner • St Marys Roundabout (Doncaster) • St Pauls Gyratory
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 • Sprotbrough 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 • Winthorpe Bridge
RoadsA1(M)/Newcastle Central Motorway East • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E15 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E31 (via Newcastle) • Ermine Street • Holyhead Road • Peddars Way • T21 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain)
PlacesAlnwick • Barnet • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Boroughbridge • Central London • Edinburgh • Gateshead • Grantham • Haddington • Huntingdon • Morpeth • Newark-on-Trent • Newcastle upon Tyne • Peterborough • Pontefract • Potters Bar • Stamford • Stevenage • The City
Miscellaneous1924 A1 Renumbering • A1/Early Improvements • A1/Named Junctions • A1/Roaders Digest Entry • A1 London - Peterborough
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The First 99           A1  •  A2  •  A3  •  A4  •  A5  •  A6  •  A7  •  A8  •  A9  • A10 • A11 • A12 • A13 • A14 • A15 • A16 • A17 • A18 • A19
A20 • A21 • A22 • A23 • A24 • A25 • A26 • A27 • A28 • A29 • A30 • A31 • A32 • A33 • A34 • A35 • A36 • A37 • A38 • A39
A40 • A41 • A42 • A43 • A44 • A45 • A46 • A47 • A48 • A49 • A50 • A51 • A52 • A53 • A54 • A55 • A56 • A57 • A58 • A59
A60 • A61 • A62 • A63 • A64 • A65 • A66 • A67 • A68 • A69 • A70 • A71 • A72 • A73 • A74 • A75 • A76 • A77 • A78 • A79
A80 • A81 • A82 • A83 • A84 • A85 • A86 • A87 • A88 • A89 • A90 • A91 • A92 • A93 • A94 • A95 • A96 • A97 • A98 • A99
Motorway sectionsA1(M): (South Mimms - Baldock • Alconbury - Peterborough • Doncaster Bypass • Darrington - Leeming • Barton - Birtley)
A3(M) • A8(M) Baillieston spur • A14(M) • A38(M) • A48(M) Cardiff spur • A57(M) • A58(M) • A64(M) • A66(M) • A74(M) • A92(M)
DefunctA1(M) Newcastle CME • A2(M) Medway Towns Bypass • A4(M) • A5(M) • A8(M) Renfrew bypass • A14 • A18(M) • A20(M) • A36(M)
A40(M): (Westway • Denham -Stokenchurch) • A41(M) • A42 • A46(M) • A48(M): (Port Talbot bypass • Morriston bypass) • A62(M) • A88 • A99
UnbuiltA2(M) Rochester Way Relief Road • A6(M): (Western route • Eastern route) • A34(M) • A48(M) Llantrisant Radial • A59(M) • A61(M)