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From:London (TQ278809)
To:Holyhead (SH248241)
Via:Milton Keynes, Tamworth, Cannock, Telford, Shrewsbury
Length:252 miles (405.5 km)
Meets: M1, M69, M42, M6, M54, A40, A41, A43, A55
Former Number(s):A5122
Old route now:A5183, B5404, B5061, B4380, A5064, A458, B5009, B5070
Highway Authorities

Highways England • North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent • Transport for London • Barnet Council • Brent Council • Gwynedd Council • Isle of Anglesey Council • Staffordshire Council • Telford and Wrekin Council • Westminster Council

Traditional Counties

Anglesey • Bedfordshire • Buckinghamshire • Caernarfonshire • Denbighshire • Hertfordshire • Leicestershire • Merionethshire • Middlesex • Northamptonshire • Shropshire • Staffordshire • Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
A5 Marble Arch - Maida Vale
A5 Maida Vale – Borehamwood
A5 Borehamwood - Thorn
A5 Chalton – Gailey
A5 Gailey – Telford
(M54) Telford
A5 Telford - Bangor
A5 Bangor and Llanfair PG bypasses
A5 Bangor – Holyhead

Route

The A5 on Anglesey with Snowdon in the background and the new A55 to the left

The A5 couldn't have a more varied route, starting out in the centre of London, cutting its way across the centre of the country before starting a winding route through the mountainous areas of North Wales before crossing onto Anglesey and terminating at Holyhead.

See Route Segments: Central London - BrockleyFriars Walsh - Stony StratfordStony Stratford - CrickCrick - TamworthTamworth - GaileyGailey - TelfordTelford - ChirkChirk - Betws-y-CoedBetws-y-Coed - BangorBangor - Holyhead


History

Shrewsbury 1954: The original Shrewsbury bypass
Main Article: A5 history

The A5 has a long and interesting history, largely following the Roman Watling Street, and later in the 1800s improved by Thomas Telford. In more recent history, several bypasses and realignments have been added to the route.

Notable locations and improvements

Glyn Bends, Ty Nant

A5 Ty Nant 2009.jpg
Main Article: Glyn Bends, Ty Nant

The Glyn Bends were located on the A5 near Ty Nant in North Wales. In 1994 work started to bypass this section of the A5 with a new cutting to the North, which opened in 1996.

Menai Bridge

A5menai.jpg

The Menai suspension bridge was built by Thomas Telford to carry his Holyhead Road across the Menai Straits. Its chains are made from wrought iron which supported a wooden deck.

Opening Dates

Month Year Section Notes
2017 Dunstable Northern Bypass Dual carriageway bypass
2005 Weeford – Fazeley Dual carriageway bypass
2003 Nesscliffe Bypass Dual carriageway bypass
2002 M6 Toll New Junction at Churchbridge, Wall & Weeford
2002 M6 Toll New bridge and roundabout (New Town, Staffordshire)
1996 Ty Nant Cutting Short bypass of the Glyn Bends
August 1992 Shrewsbury bypass Dual carriageway bypass of existing bypass.
July 1995 Fazeley Two Gates Wilnecote Bypass Dual carriageway bypass
December 1986 Oswestry bypass Single carriageway bypass, actually routing the A5 closer to the town.
1983 Bangor bypass Now classified as A55
October 1980 Bletchley – Stoney Stratford Dual carriageway bypass
1930s Shrewsbury bypass Original single carriageway bypass
1826 Menai Bridge Built by Thomas Telford
1815 Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed Built by Thomas Telford

Links

Highways Agency

Welsh Assembly

Pathetic Motorways

roadsUK



A5
JunctionsAbbey Hill Roundabout • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Brockley Interchange • Caergeiliog Interchange • Caldecotte Interchange • Canons Corner • Carreg Bran Interchange • Centurion Junction • Churchbridge • Churncote Roundabout • Cluddley Interchange • Crackleybank Interchange • Crick Interchange • Cross in Hand • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • Dalar Hir Interchange • Dodwells Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Druid Junction • Dunstable Crossroads • Edgebold Roundabout • Emstrey Island • Felton Butler Roundabout • Five Crosses • Forge Interchange • Friars Wash • Gailey Interchange • Gailey Island • Gibbet Roundabout • Glan Menai Junction • Glascote Interchange • Gledrid Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • Halton Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Hollinswood Interchange • Holly Lane Roundabout • Kellys Kitchen Roundabout • Kilsby • King Harry Junction • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Longford Island • Longshoot • M1 J11A • M42 J10 • Mancetter Roundabout • Marble Arch • Marylebone Flyover • Mile End Roundabout • Mile Oak Junction • Muckley Corner • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Old Stratford Roundabout • Park Street Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Pickmere Roundabout • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Preston Island • Priorslee Interchange • Priorslee Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Red Gate • Redmoor Roundabout • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Smockington Hollow • Staples Corner • Stretton Baskerville • The Turf • Thorn Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Ventura Park Interchange • Wall Island • Watford Crossroads • Weedon Crossroads • Weeford Interchange • Whitehouse Roundabout • Whittington Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout
ServicesBangor services • Tamworth services
CrossingsDow Bridge • Marylebone Flyover • Menai Suspension Bridge • Pont Corwen • Stony Stratford Bypass • Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed
ProjectsGlyn Bends, Ty Nant
RoadsA5(M) • A5/Bangor - Holyhead • A5/Betws-y-Coed - Bangor • A5/Central London - Brockley • A5/Chirk - Betws-y-Coed • A5/Crick - Tamworth • A5/Friars Walsh - Stony Stratford • A5/Gailey - Telford • A5/Stony Stratford - Crick • A5/Tamworth - Gailey • A5/Telford - Chirk • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E33 (Northampton - Liverpool) • E34 (Old System) • EuroVelo 2 • Holyhead Road • NCN55 • NCN8 • T11 (Britain) • T13 (Britain) • T15 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • T18 (Britain) • T44 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
MiscellaneousA5/Named Junctions • A5/history • A5/route • Thomas Telford
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