A1 (Isle of Man)
|Distance:||10.7 miles (17.2 km)|
|Meets:||A8, A44, A43, A33, A45, A2, A5, A6, A22, A26, A23, A3, A40, A27|
|Route outline (key)|
Beginning at a roundabout, on the A8, at the Sea Terminal in Douglas, the A1 heads through the edge of the town centre as Lord Street, with several shops on the road. Lord Street is lined with 4/5-storey buildings. At the railway station, we meet the A33 and A43 and the road becomes Peel Road. The buildings become a bit less tall on the south side. After the junction with the A45 Crescent Street, Peel Road opens out and becomes both less urban in character and wider, with a middle hatched area between the two lanes at the narrowest points and 3 or even 4 lanes elsewhere. At Quarterbridge we have a roundabout with the A2 south/east of the bridge itself, and a roundabout north/west of the bridge with the A5.
TT Circuit section
From the junction with the A2 at Quarterbridge to the junction with the A3 in St Johns, the A1 is part of the TT Circuit. The road narrows back down to S2 after the junction with the A5. At Braddon Bridge, we have a short multiplex with the A6 and the road briefly widens for the junctions. As we head through the settlement of Union Mills, we meet the B32 to Braaid and A22 to Strang. At Glen Vine there is a signalised junction with the A26 to Braaid and St Marks. At Crosby we meet the A23 and B35. At Greeba, the A1 crosses the watershed and instead of roughly following the valley of the River Dhoo system, it follows the valley of the River Neb system. At the edge of St Johns, the TT Circuit turns right at the crossroads with the A3.
St Johns - Peel
After the crossroads with the A3, the A1 heads through St Johns, passing the Tynwald - the Isle of Man's ancient parliament. At the edge of the village, just west of the Tynwald, is a crossroads with the A40 heading south unsigned. After a couple of miles cutting through the rolling countryside, it enters Peel. The road gets more urban, and after a crossroads with Albany Road and Queens Drive, which form a sort of ring road for the cathedral town beyond which A roads only exist on paper, narrows. Shortly after that it becomes one way into the town and at West View it becomes one way heading out of the town. It theoretically ends where Douglas Street ends at Patrick Street and Market Street, but like all other A roads in Peel, has petered out long before that.
Isle of Man TT Course