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Brief Overview of the History of the project

E Road history in the UK

1950

Number Start Via End (UK&RoI) Mainland Roads Used
E1 London Southampton Paris-Rome-Palermo A30, A33
E2 London Folkestone Dover Reims-Palma-Brindisi A20
E5 London Folkestone Dover Wien-Nis-SE Europe A20
E8 London Colchester Harwich Utrecht-Berlin-Moscow A12, A604
E31 London St Albans, Northampton, Doncaster, Scotch Corner, Carlisle, Abington Glasgow A5, A50, A6, A60, A1, A66, A6, A74
E32 Abington Edinburgh A702
E33 Northampton Coventry, Cannock, Warrington Liverpool A45, A452, A5, A34, A50, A57
E34 Cannock Shrewsbury, Corwen Holyhead A5

1968 Boom

Number Start Via End (UK&RoI) Mainland Roads Used
E1 London Southampton Paris-Rome-Palermo A30, A33
E2 London Folkestone Dover Reims-Palma-Brindisi A20, A20(M), A20
E5 London Folkestone Dover Wien-Nis-SE Europe A20, A20(M), A20
E8 London Colchester Harwich Utrecht-Berlin-Moscow A12, A604
E31 London Newcastle upon Tyne Glasgow A1/A1(M), A8, M8, A8
E32 Abington Edinburgh Perth A702, A90, M90, A90
E33 London Carlisle Greenock M1, A45, A452, A5, M6, A6, A74, M74, A74
E34 Birmingham Shrewsbury Holyhead A41, A5
E104 Teesside Scotch Corner Penrith A66
E105 London Swansea Fishguard M4, A4, M4, A48, A40
E106 Northampton Sheffield Leeds M1
E107 London Grays Tilbury A13, A126
E108 London Southend-on-Sea A127
E109 Hull Leeds Liverpool A63, A58
E110 Newcastle Carlisle Stranraer A69, A7 A74, A75
E111 Stranraer Ayr Glasgow A77
E112 Felixstowe Ipswich St Neots A45
E113 Colchester Ipswich A12
E114 Grimsby Doncaster Sheffield A18, M18
E115 Immingham Doncaster A160, A18
E116 Birmingham Bristol Plymouth M5, A38
E117 Belfast Londonderry A6
E118 Larne Belfast, Killeen Dublin A8, M2, M1, A1, T1 / N1
E119 Belfast Lisburn Craigavon M1
E120 Perth Inverness, Dundee Perth A9, A96, A92, A85
E122 Dublin Wicklow Rosslare T7, T8 / N11
E123 Rosslare Waterford Cork T12 / N25
E124 Dublin Port Laoise, Cahir Cork T5, T14, T36, T9, T6 / N8
E125 Dublin Port Laoise Shannon T5, T11 / N7, N18, N19
E126 Dublin Dundalk Killeen T1 / N1

1974 proposals

In 1974, a new grid system was proposed. Here are the proposals for the UK and Ireland:

Number Start Via End (UK&RoI) Mainland Roads Used
E01 Larne Belfast, Dublin Rosslare Harbour A8, M2, M1, A1, N1, N11
E05 Greenock Glasgow, Preston, Birmingham, Oxford Southampton M8, M73, M74, A74, M6, A34, A33
E13 Leeds Leicester London M1
E15 Inverness Edinburgh, Newcastle, Doncaster, London Dover A9, M90, A90, A1, A1(M), A2, M2, A2
E16 Craigavon Belfast listed as Craigavon - Haugesund - Oslo. Unknown route E of Belfast to Haugesund M1
E16 Craigavon Belfast, Stranraer Newcastle M1... A75, A74, A689, A69
E20 Shannon Limerick, Dublin, Liverpool, Leeds Hull N18, N7...M62, A63
E22 Holyhead Sheffield Immingham A5, A55, M56, M63, M66, M67, future M67, M1, M18, M180, A160
E28 Coventry St Neots Ipswich A45, A428, A45
E30 Cork Rosslare Harbour, Fishguard, Cardiff, London Felixstowe N25, A40, A48, M4, A12, A45
E32 Colchester Harwich A604
E100 Craigavon Belfast, Glasgow Edinburgh M1...M8
E200 Port Laoise Cork N8

1983 New System

Number Start Via End (UK&RoI) Mainland Roads Used
E01 Larne Belfast, Dublin Rosslare Harbour A8, M2, M1, A1, N1, N11
E05 Greenock Glasgow, Preston, Birmingham, Oxford Southampton M8, M73, M74, A74, M6, M42, A34, M3
E13 Doncaster Leicester London M18, M1
E15 Inverness Edinburgh, Newcastle, Doncaster, London Dover A9, M90, A90, A1, A1(M), M25, M2, A2
E16 Derry Belfast, Glasgow Edinburgh A6, M2...M8
E18 Craigavon Larne, Belfast, Stranraer, Carlisle Newcastle M1, M2, A8...A75, A69
E20 Shannon Limerick, Dublin, Liverpool, Leeds Hull N18, N7...M62, A63
E22 Holyhead Leeds Immingham A5, A55, M56, M6, M62, M18, M180, A160
E28 Birmingham St Neots Ipswich A45
E30 Cork Rosslare Harbour, Fishguard, Cardiff, London Felixstowe N25, A40, A48, M4, A12, A45
E32 Colchester Harwich A604
E200 Port Laoise Cork N8

post-83 changes

1985 - E28: changes to E24 in a Europe-wide tweaking of the new system

199x - E05: moves onto M40 as that opens

199x - E24: moves onto A14 as that opens and the A45 is massively changed. The E24 currently appears to start at the junction of the M42 and M6, and follows M6 to the start of A14.

199x? - E15: Currently follows M20, not A2/M2 (presumably to use the Channel Tunnel to Calais rather than ferries from Dover). This probably happened in anticipation of the tunnel opening in 1994, as it is shown on the old A20 in the 1992 Aral atlas of Europe.

2003 - E05: M6 Toll opens - E05 moves?

2008 - E05: M6 extended to Scotland, non-motorway A74 eradicated.

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