Network changes - 1950s

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A list of changes to the road network in Great Britain from 1950 to 1959. Includes road openings and renumberings.

Road openings

Year Number on opening Location Traditional County Notes
1952 A85 Longforgan Perthshire Longforgan Bypass – later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1953 A35 Southampton Hampshire Tebourba Way opened 30 April
1955 A48 Briton Ferry Glamorgan Briton Ferry bridges – opened by the Minister of Transport on 31 October
1956 A87 Loch Garry to Glen Moriston Inverness-shire Realignment
1957 A303 Watergore Somerset Lopen Head – Watergore improvement
1957 A20 Ashford bypass Kent Opened by the Minister of Transport on 19 July
1957 A52 Spondon to Hopwell Firs Derbyshire Borrowash Bypass – opened December 1957
1957 A5 Markyate Hertfordshire Markyate Bypass
1957 A1 Alconbury to Conington Huntingdonshire Dualling
1957 A57 Markham Moor to Elkesley Nottinghamshire West Drayton Bypass and dualling as A57 – later renumbered in 1961 as A1
1958 A1 Stilton bypass Northamptonshire Opened by David (later Lord) Renton in July 1958, costing £2.5 million
1958 M6 Preston Lancashire M6 Preston Bypass – first UK motorway – opened on 5 December
1958 A38 Lichfield to Alrewas Staffordshire Dualling
1958 A45 Stonebridge to Pickford Green Warwickshire Meriden Bypass
1958 A1 Leeming Yorkshire Leeming bypass, Renumbered as A1(M) in 2012
1958 A6 London Colney Hertfordshire Bypass, renumbered as A1081 in 1986
1958 A405 Park Street - London Colney Hertfordshire Dualling of North Orbital Road ahead of St Albans Bypass, renumbered as A414 in 1986
1958 A57 Elkesley to Apleyhead Nottinghamshire Dualling as A57 – later renumbered in 1961 as A1
1959 A4 Chiswick Middlesex Chiswick flyover opened in September
1959 A1 Wetherby Bypass Yorkshire Opened 26 October
1959 A1 Stibbington Northamptonshire Stibbington Bypass avoiding level crossing
1959 A1 Catterick Yorkshire Catterick Bypass
1959 A614 Apleyhead to Ranby Nottinghamshire Dualling as A614, later renumbered in 1961 as A1
1959 A23 Handcross Bypass Sussex New alignment with online dualling to Pease Pottage
1959 M1 Watford - Rugby Hertfordshire
Bedfordshire
Northamptonshire
The first long-distance motorway, between Aldenham Temporary Motorway Terminal (near J5) and Crick (J18)
1959 M10 St Albans Hertfordshire St Albans Bypass – opened on the same day as the M1
1959 M45 Rugby Warwickshire
Northamptonshire
Dunchurch Spur – opened on the same day as the M1
1959 A184 Felling County Durham Felling Bypass

Other changes in the 1950s



Network changes - 1950s
Historical Information
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1935 Road numbering revisionZone 1 • Zone 2 • Zone 3 • Zone 4 • Zone 5 • Zone 6 • Zone 7 • Zone 8 • Zone 9
Mass renumbering schemes1922 Draft Road Lists • 1924 A1 Renumbering • 1920s South Buckinghamshire Renumbering • 1933 A30 Renumbering • 1933 Scotland Renumbering Proposals • 1934 A82 Renumbering • Tyneside Renumberings • Motorway linked Renumberings • Republic of Ireland T and L roads
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