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Network changes - 1960s

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A list of the changes to the road network in Great Britain from 1960 - 1969. Includes road openings and renumberings.

Road Openings

Year Number on opening Location County Notes
1960 M6 Galgate - Carnforth Lancashire Lancaster Bypass from J33 to J35a. The spur near Carnforth left over when M6 was extended northwards was later renumbered as A601(M)
1960 M50 Brockeridge Common (Twyning) - Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire • Worcestershire • Gloucestershire Stage 1 from J1 to J4 was opened on 28 November 1960 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. The 20.5 mile road had cost £5 million and had taken 2.5 years to build. It included the Queenhill Bridge crossing the River Severn.
1960 A1 Biggleswade Bedfordshire Biggleswade Bypass
1960 A1 Blyth Nottinghamshire Blyth Bypass
1960 A1 Great Casterton - Wothorpe Rutland Stamford Bypass was opened on 31 October 1960 by Ernest Marples, Minister for Transport.
1960 A1 Hatfield - South Mimms Hertfordshire South Mimms Bypass, later bypassed by A1(M) in 1979
1960 A1 Wetherby - Allerton Yorkshire Dualling, later renumbered as A168 in 1995 & 2005 when bypassed by A1(M)
1960 A1 Allerton - Boroughbridge Yorkshire Dualling, later renumbered as A168 in 1995 when bypassed by A1(M)
1960 A1 Micklefield Yorkshire Micklefield Bypass, later redesignated to A1(M) in 1999
1960 A426 Brownsover Bypass Rugby Warwickshire The 1.3 mile dual carriageway was opened on 10 November 1960. One carriageway had been in use since 15 August 1960. Cost £215,000.
1960 A449 Ross-on-Wye Bypass Herefordshire The 1.5 mile dual carriageway between Travellers Rest and Wilton Roundabout was opened on 3 September 1960. This was prior to the M50 opening from Travellers Rest on 28 November 1960. It had taken 2.5 years to construct and cost £860,000. It included the Bridstow Bridge over the River Wye with a 203 foot centre span and 75 foot approach spans. Later renumbered A40.
1960 A51 Lichfield Staffordshire Western Bypass opened in May 1960. Estimated cost £127,000.
1960 A556 Northwich Bypass Cheshire Stage 3 - the 2 mile dual carriageway eastern section between King Street, Broken Cross and the Manchester Road just past Lostock Gralam was opened on 2 December 1960 by Lord Chesham, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Transport. It had two 24 foot carriageways and a minimum overall width of 78 feet. Cost £495,000. It was the final stage of the 7.5 mile bypass.
1961 M4 Maidenhead Berkshire Maidenhead bypass (J7-9). Known as A4(M) until just prior to opening
1961 A1(M) Redhouse - Blyth Yorkshire • Nottinghamshire Doncaster Bypass, A1's first motorway. Opened 31 July 1961 by Ernes Marples.
1961 A20(M) Quarry Wood - Eyhorne Kent Maidstone Bypass, now part of M20
1961 A1 Redhouse - Wentbridge Yorkshire Dualling
1961 A1 Wentbridge - Ferrybridge Yorkshire Dualling
1961 A1 Wentbridge Yorkshire Wentbridge Bypass
1961 A30 Staines Surrey Staines Bypass
1961 A34 A43 Oxford Ring Road Berkshire • Oxfordshire Western Bypass - Botley (A420) to Kidlington (A423, later renumbered as A4260). The 3.5 mile dual carriageway was opened on 22 November 1961. Cost £1.5 million. It included the 850 foot long Wolvercote Viaduct with 12 spans crossing the A40, Oxford Canal and a railway line. The A43 section north of Peartree Interchange was later renumbered as A4260.
1961 A35 A377 Clyst St. Mary Bypass Devon The 0.4 mile road had opened by August 1961. Costing £140,000, it included the crossing of the River Clyst valley. The eastern section was later renumbered as A3052. A short section on the Exmouth road was also built, later renumbered A376.
1961 A38 Plymouth Devon Opening of Tamar Bridge
1961 A38 Red Cross Hill Diversion Devon The 0.6 mile dual carriageway from the north end of the Kennford Bypass to Peamore was opened in early 1961. Work started on the £95,000 scheme at the end of August 1960 and was expected to take at least 6 months. Earth from the 45 feet deep cut of the hill was taken and used on the Clyst St Mary Bypass construction. The southern part was later taken in the Wobbly Wheel junction rebuild. The remaining northern section was renumbered A379.
1961 A374 Landrake Bypass Cornwall The 0.75 mile road was opened between March and September 1961. The carriageway was 24 foot wide. Later renumbered A38.
1961 A4 Hammersmith, London Middlesex Opening of Hammersmith Flyover
1961 A46 Thurmaston bypass Leicestershire Dual carriageway 1 mile long. Now part of A607
1961 A4150 Wolverhampton Inner Ring Road Stage I Staffordshire Ring Road St. John's
1961 A533 Runcorn - Widnes Cheshire • Lancashire Opening of the Runcorn Bridge, later renamed as Silver Jubilee Bridge in 1977 to celebrate Queen's Silver Jubilee
1961 A63 North Ferriby - Kingston Upon Hull Yorkshire North Ferriby & Hessle Bypass
1961 A74 Lesmahagow - Happendon Lanarkshire Dualling, later renumbered as B7078 in 1987
1961 A77 Monkton - Whitletts Ayrshire Prestwick Bypass
1962 M5 Lydiate Ash - Strensham Worcestershire The first stage from J4 to J8 was opened on 20 July 1962 by Lord Chesham, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. The 27.25 mile road cost £8 million and had taken 2.25 years to build. It had 5 access points and 67 bridges and major culverts. Worcestershire County Council was the agent authority for its construction. A novel feature was that prior to the opening the official party's cars used both carriageways to head north to the opening ceremony at Lydiate Ash.
1962 M50 Strensham - Brockeridge Common (Twyning) Gloucestershire • Worcestershire Stage 2 to connect J1 to M5 J8 was opened on 20 July 1962, the same day as the adjoining M5 section opened. The 1.5 mile section completed the M50.
1962 M6 Acton Gate - Cresswell Staffordshire Stafford Bypass from J13 to J14
1962 M6 Cresswell - Hanchurch Staffordshire Extended from J14 to J15
1962 M6 Hanchurch - Barthomley Staffordshire • Cheshire Extended from J15 to J16
1962 A1(M) Stevenage - Welwyn Hertfordshire Extended from J6 to J8
1962 A1 Ranby - Blyth Nottinghamshire Dualling
1962 A1 Little Ponton - Gonerby Moor Lincolnshire Grantham Bypass was opened on 10 October 1962 by the Earl of Lancaster. The 6.25 mile dual carriageway cost £2million. Newspaper reports say that the road, nearing completion, was to be opened over the August Bank Holiday to relieve congestion.
1962 A1 Brotherton - Ferrybridge Yorkshire Brotherton Bypass, later renumbered as A162 & A1246 when bypassed by A1(M) 2006
1962 A249 Detling Kent Detling bypass opened Summer 1962
1962 A380 Waddon Brakes Diversion Devon A new 0.75 mile cut from B3192 Ashcombe Cross to south of the Fiddler's Elbow bend (north of Newton Abbot) was opened by October 1962. This together with 0.75 miles of the existing B3192 between Thorn's Cross and Ashcombe Cross formed the new A380. The old road at Waddon Brakes was initially closed, with two way traffic using the new road. The dual carriageway running on the old and new roads came later.
1962 A38 Lydiate Ash Link Road Worcestershire A new 0.4 mile dual carriageway link from M5 J4 (opened 20 July 1962) to Spring Pools to join the existing A38 to Rubery which had already been dualled.
1962 A38 Alrewas - Wychnor Staffordshire Dualling
1962 A38 Wychnor - Barton Turn Staffordshire Dualling
1962 A465 Abergavenny Bypass Monmouthshire The 3 mile road opened on 3 August 1962, the first section of the "Heads of the Valleys road". Contractor was Messrs. John Morgan (Builders) Ltd. and cost £700,000. It had a 33 foot wide single carriageway and also bypassed Llanfoist and Govilon. The River Usk was crossed by a post-tensioned, pre-stressed concrete bridge with a centre span on 120 feet and side spans of 40 feet, with 2 groups of six V shaped supports.
1962 A74 Abington - Crawford Lanarkshire Crawford & Abington Bypass & Dualling, later renumbered as A702 as single carriageway
1962 A74 Beattock - Lockerbie Dumfriesshire Dualling, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1990s
1962 A74 Lockerbie - Ecclefechan Dumfriesshire Dualling, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1990s
1962 A78 Kilwinning Bypass Ayrshire The 2 mile dual carriageway was opened on either 24 or 31 August 1962 by Daniel Sim, County Convener. Cost £500,000 excluding land and compensation charges.
1962 A985 Torryburn bypass Fife The 3 mile road was opened on 29 June 1962 by R. Brooman-White, Joint Parliamentary Under-secretary of State. Old road became B9037
1963 M2 Medway Bridge - Stockbury Kent Present J2 to J5
1963 M4 Slough - Maidenhead Buckinghamshire • Berkshire Slough Bypass J5-7
1963 M5 Almondsbury - Cribbs Causeway Gloucestershire The first Bristol section of 2.25 miles from J16 to J17 was opened on 31 May 1963 by Alderman Major E.E. Mealing, Chairman of Gloucestershire Highway Committee. It was built under the Gloucestershire County Council Special Road Scheme 1962, No.1 Order and later additional Orders. The OS 1 inch map revised in 1963 shows it as M5. cost £750,000.
1963 M6 Barthomley - Lymm Cheshire Extended from J16 to J20
1963 M6 Lymm - Bamber Bridge Cheshire • Lancashire Extended from J20 to J29
1963 A1 Boroughbridge Yorkshire Boroughbridge bypass, renumbered as A168 as single carriageway when bypassed by A1(M) in 1995
1963 A1 Aberford Yorkshire Aberford Bypass, later renumbered as A1(M) in 1999
1963 A40 Wilton Roundabout - Goodrich Cross Herefordshire A 4 mile online dualling. The new carriageway had been completed in September 1962, then work started on reconstructing the existing road. Cost £600,000. The hardness of the sandstone rock meant that the 70 foot cutting at Glewstone Boat took 4 months to blast out.
1963 A41 Albrighton Bypass Shropshire The 2.75 mile road cost £1.25million.
1963 A4150 Wolverhampton Inner Ring Road Stage II Staffordshire Ring Road St. Mark's. Northern terminus was at Salop Street
1963 A5 Atherstone Bypass Warwickshire The 2 mile dual carriageway was opened on 16 December 1963 by Ald. Sir William Dugdale. The contractor was A. Monk and Co. and cost £600,000. Carriageways were 24 foot wide and there were 8 bridges.
1963 A63 Welton - North Ferriby Yorkshire Melton Bypass
1963 A74 Beattock Dumfriesshire Beattock Bypass, later renumbered as A701 as single carriageway in 1999
1963 A739 Govan - Whitenich, Glasgow Lanarkshire Opening of Clyde Tunnel
1963 A80 Castlecary-Dunipace Stirlingshire Denny Bypass, now M80
1964 M1 Crick - Lutterworth Northamptonshire • Leicestershire 7.5 mile extension from J18 to J20 opened 1 October 1964. Cost £5 million
1964 M8 Harthill Bypass West Lothian The 4.21 mile motorway from Whitburn temporary junction on A8, 35 yards west of the A706, to a temporary junction 0.6 miles east of the current J5 Shotts Interchange was opened on 20 November 1964 by E,G, Willis, Secretary of State for Scotland. A further 0.88 mile section of the contract to include J5 Shotts Interchange, and a short bypass on A8 at Hurst was to open later. Contractor was Whatlings Ltd, Glasgow, total contract cost £2.1 million.
1964 A58(M) Westgate - Claypit Lane,Leeds Yorkshire Leeds Inner Ring Road Phase 1
1964 A1 Fernwood - North Muskham Nottinghamshire Newark Bypass
1964 A1 Brotherton - Micklefield Yorkshire Dualling, Later renumbered as A1246 as single carriageway & A63 when bypassed by A1(M) in 2006
1964 A1 Alconbury Bypass Huntingdonshire The 2 mile long dual carriageway opened on 21 December 1964 at a cost of £1.25 million. It was renumbered as A1(M) in 1998
1964 A38 Barton Turn - Branston Staffordshire Dualling
1964 A4 Keynsham Somerset Keynsham Bypass
1964 A48 Newport Monmouthshire George Street Bridge, later downgraded to B4237
1964 A460 Cannock Staffordshire The 0.75 mile Wolverhampton Road bypass (Avon Road) opened on 31 July 1964. Cost £60,000. Later renumbered as A4601.
1964 A50 Groby bypass Leicestershire
1964 A51 Great Haywood bypass Staffordshire 1.75 mile bypass opened 24 April 1964. Cost £383,000.
1964 A52 Hopwell Firs - Bramcote Derbyshire • Nottinghamshire Sandiacre and Stapleford Bypass. The 5 mile dual carriageway was opened 21 December 1964 by Lord Lingren. Cost was £2 million.
1964 A74 Mossband Cumberland Mossband Viaduct, but demolished in 2008 by M6
1964 A896 Shieldaig - Annat Ross-shire Balgy Gap; also re-numbering of B857 and B858 to A896
1964 A90 Forth Road Bridge West Lothian • Fife The Bridge and adjacent roads from Echline Junction to Ferrytoll Junction were opened on 4 September 1964 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth. The span of 3,300 feet then made it the longest span in Europe. Cost £20 million. The Queen and her entourage did not have to pay a toll. Later renumbered as A9000.
1964 A90, M90, A823(M) Inverkeithing to Duloch Fife Inverkeithing Bypass & Scotland's first motorway from J1 to J2
1965 M1 Lutterworth - Markfield Leicestershire 18 mile extension from J20 to J22 opened 22 January 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It included the half mile spur from J21 to A46 initially known as A46(M)
1965 M1 Markfield - Kegworth Leicestershire 11 mile extension from J22 to J24 opened 3 December 1965 by Supt. Reginald Antill, head of Leicester Police Traffic Department in the absence of an official opening. Cost was £6.5 million
1965 M2 Three Crutches to Medway Bridge Kent Present J1 to J2
1965 M2 Stockbury to Faversham Kent Present J5 to J7
1965 M4 Chiswick - Slough Middlesex • Buckinghamshire M4 J1-5
1965 M5 Quinton - Lydiate Ash Worcestershire Extended from J3 to J4
1965 M6 Preston to Galgate Lancashire Extended from J32 to J33
1965 M8 Harthill Bypass extension Lanarkshire The extension from the temporary junction, 0.6 miles east of the current J5, to J5 Shotts Interchange and the connecting roads to the B7057 and the unclassified road that was later numbered B7066 was opened on 1 December 1965. Contractor was Whatlings Ltd.
1965 A66(M) A1(M) to Blackwell Yorkshire Entire motorway
1965 A1 Aberford to Wetherby Yorkshire Dualling, later renumbered as minor road & A168 as single carriageway when bypassed by A1(M) in 1999 & 2009
1965 A12 Brentwood Bypass Essex The 4.75 mile dual carriageway opened on 26 November 1965. Cost £4 million.
1965 A34 Newbury Inner Relief Road Berkshire Stage 2 - the North-South 1 mile dual carriageway from A4 Western Avenue to St John's Road (the existing St John's Road was used to regain the A34 southbound). There are newspaper reports about the road in November 1965 and it first appears on the 1966 OS Route Planning map. Later renumbered as A339.
1965 A38 Rubery Bypass Worcestershire The mile long dual carriageway was fully opened on 25 November 1965. The northbound carriageway had been in use since 8 November 1965. Contractor was Cubar Construction Co. Ltd. and contract cost £424,829.
1965 A380 Ideford Arch Diversion Devon The mile long road north of Newton Abbot was opened on 21 April 1965 by H.B. Webber, Devon Southern Divisional Roads Committee Chairman. This formed the new northbound carriageway with the existing twisting road used as the southbound carriageway. The carriageway was 24 feet wide with a 33 foot section to provide a crawler lane on the steeper section. Cost £130,000.
1965 A449 Worcester Northern Link Road Worcestershire The 3 mile spur from A449 at Claines to M5 Junction 6 Warndon was opened on 12 April 1965 by Stephen Swingler, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. It had dual 24 foot carriageways, a 15 foot wide central reservation and 4 foot 6in hard margins. Contractor was Cubar Construction Co. Ltd. and cost £2 million.
1965 A614 Nottingham Outer Ring Road Nottinghamshire 6th section. Clifton Boulevard, south part opened from the current A6005 Beeston Road at Dunkirk to the A606 Melton Road at Edwalton. It incorporated Clifton Bridge. Only 1/2 mile, north of the bridge, was dual carriageway. Currently numbered A52
1965 A74 Lockerbie Dumfriesshire Lockerbie Bypass, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1995
1965 A85 North Inchmichael - Longforgan Perthshire Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1965 A876 Bonnybridge and Larbert Bypass Stirlingshire The dual carriageway was opened on 13 October 1965 from A80 Denny Bypass to North Broomage Roundabout by Dr J Dickson Mabon, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office. Cost £1 million. It was upgraded to M876 on 22 May 1974.
1965 A9 Dunblane-Greenloaning Stirlingshire Dualling
1966 M1 Kegworth - Sandiacre Leicestershire • Derbyshire 5.25 mile extension from J24 to J25 opened 25 May 1966.
1966 M1 Sandiacre - Nuthall Nottinghamshire 6 mile extension from J25 to J26 opened 25 August 1966.
1966 M1 Brockley Hill - Berrygrove, Aldenham Middlesex • Hertfordshire 4 mile extension from J4 to J5 opened 28 October 1966 by Claude Barker,County Alderman. Cost £4.5 million
1966 M4 Tormarton - Almondsbury Gloucestershire J18-20.
1966 M4 Almondsbury - Aust Gloucestershire J20-21.
1966 M4 Aust - Crick Gloucestershire • Monmouthshire J21-23 including Severn and Wye bridges. Renumbered M48 in 1996
1966 M4 M4 mainline - Hambrook Gloucestershire Hambrook Spur motorway - now part of M32
1966 M6 Shareshill - Acton Gate Staffordshire Extended from J11 to J13. Opened 14 March 1966.
1966 M6 Darlaston - Shareshill Staffordshire Extended from J10 to J11. Opened 15 September 1966.
1966 M74 Bothwell - Larkhall Lanarkshire Present J5 to J8
1966 A48(M) Port Talbot Glamorgan Port Talbot bypass, now part of M4
1966 A12 Stratford St Mary Bypass Essex • Suffolk The 2 mile dual carriageway opened on 5 August 1966.
1966 A20 Swanley Bypass Kent A 2.7 mile dual carriageway. An advert on 8 July 1966 for a Brands Hatch event stated "New Swanley Bypass now open".
1966 A21 Chipstead - Lansdown Kent Sevenoaks Bypass
1966 A30 Honiton Bypass Devon The 2.2 mile dual carriageway was opened on 12 December 1966 by Barbara Castle, Minister of Transport. It had taken 2 years to build and cost £900,000.
1966 A34 East Ilsley Bypass Berkshire The 1.2 mile dual carriageway opened at the end of August 1966.
1966 A48 Cowbridge Glamorgan Cowbridge Bypass
1966 A465 Tredegar Bypass Brecknockshire • Glamorgan The 4 mile road from Rhymney Bridge (Llechryd) to Beaufort was opened on 26 September 1966 by Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Wales. It was the final section of the "Heads of the Valleys road" between Hirwaun and Abergavenny. The alignment of the closed Dowlais to Abergavenny railway line was used for the 6 miles of this section and westwards to Dowlais. The eastern mile of the road was later renumbered A4281.
1966 A5 Wall Bypass Staffordshire Opened March 1966 as single carriageway road. The second carriageway to make the dual carriageway was opened 27 June 1967.
1966 A610 Nuthall Nottinghamshire 0.5 mile dual carriageway spur from A610 to J26 M1 opened 25 August 1966 at the same time as the M1 was extended to J26. Later to form eastern part of Nuthall Bypass.
1966 A92 Newport On Tay - Dundee Fife • Angus Opening of Tay Road Bridge
1967 M1 Hendon - Brockley Hill Middlesex 4 mile extension from J2 to J4 opened 24 May 1967 by Barbara Castle, Minister of Transport. The Hendon Urban Motorway. It featured the first mercury-vapour illumination on a motorway.
1967 M1 Nuthall - Annesley Nottinghamshire 5.5 mile extension from J26 to J27 opened 24 May 1967 by Barbara Castle, Minister of Transport who had driven the 114 miles up from the Hendon opening. Cost was £5 million.
1967 M1 Annesley - Pinxton Nottinghamshire • Derbyshire 3.5 mile extension from J27 to J28 opened 3 July 1967.
1967 M1 Ossett - Ardsley Yorkshire 2.5 mile extension from J40 to J41 opened 25 August 1967.
1967 M1 Pinxton - Barlborough Derbyshire 13.5 mile extension from J28 to J30 opened 25 October 1967.
1967 M1 Ardsley - Stourton Yorkshire 4.5 mile section from J41 to the then J43 opened 27 October 1967. Contract cost was £5.375 million. J43 was renumbered J7 of M621 upon the opening of the M1 to A1(M) extension in 1999.
1967 M1 Barlborough - Tinsley Interchange Derbyshire • Yorkshire 12.25 mile extension from J30 to J34 was opened 21 December 1967 by Stephen Swingler, Minister of State at Ministry of Transport. The Thurcroft Interchange link roads and M18 opened on the same day.
1967 M18 Thurcroft Interchange - Wadworth Yorkshire The section from M1 - Thurcroft Interchange to J2 opened on 21 December 1967.
1967 M4 Newport Monmouthshire Newport bypass. (J24-28).
1967 M4 Crick - Newport Monmouthshire J23-24. (J23 later renumbered J23a).
1967 M8 Shotts Interchange - Newhouse Lanarkshire The 5.7 mile motorway from J5 Shotts Interchange to a temporary junction with A8 0.6 miles west of J6 Newhouse Junction was opened on 24 August 1967. The eastern 2.25 miles followed the line of the former A8 route from J5 to Shotts Toll (between Kirk of Shotts and Salsburgh).There were single carriageway operations on the 1.5 miles west of Shotts Toll for a few days after opening. Width was 105 feet with dual 24 foot carriageways and a 13 foot central reservation. Contractor was Whatlings Ltd., cost £3 million.
1967 A57(M) Hulme - Ardwick, Manchester Lancashire Mancunian Way from A56 to A6
1967 A1 Carlton - Markham Moor Nottinghamshire The 8 mile bypass of Sutton on Trent, Weston and Tuxford was opened on 14 July 1967 by Stephen Swingler, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. Cost £3million.
1967 A1 Ferrybridge - Brotherton Yorkshire Ferrybridge Bypass, renumbered as A162 when bypassed by A1(M) in 2006
1967 A108 Tyne Tunnel, Jarrow - North Shields Northumberland • Durham Opening of Tyne Tunnel, renumbered to A1 in 1978, now A19
1967 A38 Branston - Stretton Staffordshire Burton-on-Trent Bypass was opened on 20 June 1967 by Stephen Swingler, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. The 5.25 mile road cost £2.25million.
1967 A371 Axbridge Bypass Somerset The 1.3 mile bypass opened on 22 March 1967. Cost was £210,000 with a £157,300 grant from the Ministry. The work took 11 months and was carried out by County Council direct labour with 21 workers. It was constructed on the former Cheddar to Yatton railway line.
1967 A46 A41 Warwick Bypass Warwickshire The 4 mile dual carriageway A46 section from Leek Wootton to Longbridge Island opened on 16 August 1967. It was opened as a Clearway. The 2.5 mile single carriageway A41 Banbury Spur to the south of Warwick opened on 16 October 1967. The opening ceremony was on 18 October 1967 when Alderman Joseph Steele, Chairman of Warwickshire County Council, unveiled a 17 ton inscribed block of North Warwickshire granite. The bypasses cost £2.9 million. The western half of the Banbury Spur was taken for the M40, the eastern half being renumbered A452.
1967 A610 Nuthall Bypass Nottinghamshire 0.75 mile dual carriageway from J26 M1 to A610, the western part of Nuthall Bypass.
1967 A648 (Kegworth - Nottingham) J24 M1 Kegworth to Clifton (Nottingham) Nottinghamshire Opened 13 February 1967. Cost was £600,000 for single carriageway road. New road from J24 to Thrumpton bypass north end then upgrade of previous unclassified road. Now part of A453
1967 A696 Newcastle North West Radial Northumberland Stage 1 - Grandstand Road to Cowgate opened at the end of June 1967. During work in 1966 a coal seam was exposed 12 inches below the surface. The coal picking by the locals then had to be stopped since they were undermining the trenches! Later renumbered A167.
1967 A74 Ecclefechan Dumfriesshire Ecclefechan Bypass, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1990s
1967 A74 Ecclefechan - Kirkpatrick Fleming Dumfriesshire Dualling, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1990s
1967 A74 Harthorpe Viaduct - Beattock Lanarkshire • Dumfriesshire Dualling, later renumbered as B7076 as single carriageway in 1990s
1967 A899 Livingston Road West Lothian Stage 1 - A8 Dechmont Roundabout to Houstoun Road opened in November 1967. Width was 126 feet with 24 foot dual carriageways.
1968 M1 Tinsley Interchange - Tankersley Yorkshire 6.5 mile extension from J34 to J36 was opened 12 June 1968. It included the Tinsley Interchange
1968 M1 Tankersley - Dodworth Yorkshire 4.2 mile extension from J36 to J37 was opened 10 September 1968.
1968 M1 Dodworth - Ossett Yorkshire 10.5 mile extension from J37 to J40 was opened 18 October 1968 by Richard Marsh, Minister of Transport. This section completed the 184 mile London to Leeds Motorway, bar for short urban extensions at each end.
1968 M6 Penrith - Caithwaite Cumberland • Westmorland Penrith Bypass from J40 to J41
1968 M6 Bescot - Darlaston Staffordshire Extended from J9 to J10
1968 M9 Polmont and Falkirk Bypass Stirlingshire The 5.3 mile motorway from J4 at Lathallan to a temporary junction with A876 (later renumbered A88) at Longdyke, north of Carronshore, was opened on 29 August 1968 by Lord Hughes, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. Main contractor was Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd., Muir of Ord, cost £5 million. Work had started in February 1966.
1968 M74 Maryville - Bothwell Lanarkshire Present J4 to J5
1968 A8(M) Renfrew - Bishopton Renfrewshire Renfrew Bypass, later incorporated into M8
1968 A1 Long Bennington Lincolnshire Long Bennington Bypass
1968 A130 Sawston Cambridgeshire Sawston Bypass originally as A130, later renumbered as A1301
1968 A33 Chandler's Ford Hampshire Chandler's Ford Bypass. Later upgraded to M3.
1968 A38 Cullompton Devon Cullompton Bypass. Later swallowed up by M5.
1968 A447 Tonge bypass Leicestershire opened between July 1967 and July 1968 OS Quarter inch map revisions. Later renumbered to A453
1968 A55 Abergele and Llanddulas Bypass Denbighshire The 4 mile dual carriageway was opened on 31 May 1968 by George Thomas, Secretary of State for Wales. Contractor was Sir Alfred McAlpine and Sons Ltd. Work started on 1 November 1966 and the 2 year contract was completed 6 months early. Cost £2 million.
1968 A899 Livingston Road Midlothian Stage 2 - the Houstoun Road to Almond Road dual carriageway had opened by September 1968.
1969 M5 Almondsbury to Avonmouth Gloucestershire Extended from J15 to J18
1969 M8 Dechmont to Whitburn West Lothian The 7.75 mile motorway from the Dechmont temporary junction connection to the A8 A899 roundabout just north of J3 to the Whitburn temporary junction on A8, 35 yards west of the A706, was opened on 23 September 1969 by William Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland. It had dual 24 foot carriageways and an 85 foot width between the back of the hard shoulders. Contractor was Whatlings Ltd, Glasgow, tender price £3.75 million.
1969 M61 Preston - Horwich Lancashire Present M6 to J4
1969 A64(M) Claypit Lane to Woodpecker Junction, Leeds Yorkshire Leeds Inner Ring Road Stage 2
1969 A108 Tyne Tunnel Northern Approach Road Northumberland Stage 1. The 2 mile dual carriageway between Holystone Interchange and A1058 Coast Road was opened on 13 May 1969 by Lord Ridley, Chairman of Northumberland County Council. It had taken 18 months to construct by contractor Brims Ltd. Cost £1.25 million. It was renumbered A1 in 1980s and later renumbered A19.
1969 A34 Winchester Bypass Hampshire King's Worthy Northern Link (A34 to A33). The 2.5 mile dual carriageway opened on 20 August 1969
1969 A38 Allestree to Little Eaton Derbyshire Derby Western Bypass Stage 1
1969 A303 Andover Bypass Hampshire The 4 mile dual carriageway opened on 11 September 1969. Cost £2 million.
1969 A46 Syston Leicestershire Syston Bypass opening appeared on ATV Midlands News 31 July 1969 [1]
1969 A51 Longdon Green bypass Staffordshire
1969 A55 St Asaph Bypass Flintshire The 1.75 mile dual carriageway was opened on 30 July 1969 by Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Wales. 7 bridges were built and half a million tons of material excavated. It included dual carriageway extensions at either end and the first Grade Separated Junction on the A55 (the A525 junction). Contractor was Sir Alfred McAlpine and Sons Ltd and the 18 months contract had started in May 1968. Cost £1.5 million.
1969 A540 Wirral Cheshire Dualling Two Mills (A550) to Neston
1969 A5132 Barrow on Trent bypass Derbyshire It was possibly opened as part of B5009 (Derbyshire) for a short period before that road was renumbered to A5132
1969 A615 Alfreton and South Normanton Bypass Derbyshire The 3 mile dual carriageway connecting the then A61 to M1 Junction 28 was opened on 27 August 1969 by Robert Brown, Parliamentary Under-secretary to the Ministry of Transport. The inaugural trip on the new road was made in an 18th Century stagecoach rather than the limousine. The road cost £2 million. Renumbered A38 in 1977.

Other changes in 1960s

1967. A373 from Charmouth to Honiton becomes A35, rerouted from Charmouth to Exeter, which becomes A3052. This is to take advantage of the new A30 Honiton bypass, opened on Dec 12 1966.


  1. ATV Midlands News  (31 July 1969)

Network changes - 1960s
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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
Network Changes1700-1799 • 1800-1899 • 1900-1909 • 1910-1919 • 1920-1929 • 1930-1939 • 1940-1949 • 1950-1959 • 1960-1969 • 1970-1979 • 1980-1989 • 1990-1999 • 2000-2009 • 2010-2019 • 2020-2029

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