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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 Lancaster Bypass Lancashire The 11.62 mile section from J33 Hampson Green to J35a Keer Level Roundabout rejoining A6 north of Carnforth was opened on 11 April 1960 by Dr. Charles Hill, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Contractor was Lancashire firm Sir Lindsay Parkinson and Co. Ltd., tender cost £3,186,388. Total forecast cost was £3.75 million. It had a 112 foot width with dual 24 feet carriageways and 27 bridges. It included the Lune Bridge. The reinforced concrete bridge had a graceful single span of 230 feet over the river. Widening work to add third lanes began in 1966. The spur from J35 Carnforth Interchange to J35a created by the northward extension of M6 was later renumbered as A601(M), then A6070.
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 Viaduct crossing the River Severn.
1960 M62 Stretford and Eccles Bypass Lancashire First section of Manchester Outer Ring Road. The 6 miles from Chester Road (now M60 J7) to Worsley Interchange (now M60 J13) opened on 28 October 1960. It included the 100 foot high Barton High Level Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, then the longest road bridge in the country, which had cost £1.75 million of the £5.2 million project cost. Later renumbered M63 (south of Eccles Interchange) then M60.
1960 A20(M) Maidstone Bypass Kent The 7 mile road opened in two stages. First, on 1 June 1960 was the eastern section from a temporary junction with the then A2011 Forstal Road, west of J6 Sandling to terminate at the J8 Hollingbourne A20 flyover, contractor was Richard Costain Ltd.. The 1.25 mile western section from the A2011 temporary junction to J5 A20 near Royal British Legion Village included the 325 foot Medway Bridge and opened on 3 December 1960 (with temporary single carriageway contraflow on a half mile section), contractor was Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd.. It had 24 foot wide dual carriageways, 8 foot hard shoulders and a 13 foot central reservation. There were 15 bridges and 3 pedestrian subways. The Medway Bridge was a 3 span pre-stressed concrete structure, 325 feet long with a central span of 145 feet. Motorway cost was £2.3 million. Later became part of M20.
1960 A1 Stamford Bypass Rutland • Lincolnshire • Northamptonshire The 4 mile dual carriageway between Tickencote and Carpenters Lodge was opened on 31 October 1960 by Ernest Marples, Minister for Transport. There were 3 Grade separated junctions with main roads and a roundabout at each end connecting with the former route through the town. It was the northern part of an 8 mile contract from Tickencote to Wansford costing £1.45million. The northern roundabout was upgraded to a grade separated junction in 1971 and the southern roundabout upgraded to a compact grade separated junction in 2009.
1960 A1 Colsterworth: Bridge End Bypass Lincolnshire 0.6 mile dual carriageway extension at the north end of the original 1926 bypass. Expected complete in Summer 1959 per Hansard written answer, but not on 1960 Melton Mowbray OS Map.
1960 A1 Blyth Bypass Nottinghamshire The 2.75 mile bypass and dualling continuation to Tinker Lane was opened in December 1960. It was later connected in the north to the A1(M) Doncaster Bypass motorway which was opened on 31 July 1961, the junction being a roundabout which was later replaced in 2009 with a dumbbell grade separated junction. The part of the Doncaster Bypass in Nottinghamshire and the whole of the Blyth Bypass was constructed to a Yorkshire West Riding specification in a separate contract to the motorway. The contractors were Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.
1960 A1 Micklefield Bypass Yorkshire It was described as nearly complete in September 1960 when the adjacent Aberford Bypass tender was granted. Later redesignated to A1(M) in 1999
1960 A1 Wetherby - Allerton Yorkshire 4.2 mile online dualling. 1960 per UK Motorway Archive. Completed between 6 July 1959 and 5 July 1961 per Hansard written answer. Later renumbered as A168 in 1995 and 2005 when bypassed by A1(M).
1960 A1 Allerton - Boroughbridge Yorkshire 5 mile online dualling. 1960 per UK Motorway Archive. Completed between 6 July 1959 and 5 July 1961 per Hansard written answer. Later renumbered as A168 in 1995 when bypassed by A1(M). Allerton station bridge was not built until 1962 per UK Motorway Archive.
1960 A1 Scrogend and Houndswood Diversions Berwickshire The 1.42 mile road scheme was completed in June 1960 and cost £109,700 per Hansard.
1960 A11 Harlow and Potter Street Bypass Essex The 3 mile road from Harlow Mill Station to London Road, Potter Street opened on 20 May 1960. It included the rebuilding of the station bridge and half a mile of strightening south of the bypass. Single 33 foot carriageway with dual carriageways at the end junctions. Experimental concrete sections were incorporated for the Road Research Laboratory. Contractor was W. & C. French Ltd., tender price £600,000. Later renumbered A414.
1960 A184 Gateshead - Felling Bypass Durham Stage 2 (final stage) - The 2 mile bypass from the north end of Gateshead High Street to Shields Road, Howarth was opened on 14 March 1960. Gateshead Borough Council were responsible for this section to the Durham County Council boundary, cost £840,000. It is unclear what number was given on opening to the section of Gateshead Highway (formerly East Street). This was later renumbered A1 then A167.
1960 A1067 Sculthorpe Airfield Diversion Norfolk The original A1067 route from Syderstone to the A148 east of Sculthorpe (west of Fakenham) had already been severed by the Airfield by the time of the OS 1954 one inch map. The new 2.5 mile road across Syderstone Common and bypassing Tattersett was opened on 12 May 1960. Scheme name was Syderstone Bypass. Constructed by the County Council Highways Department direct labour, cost £80,000. Later renumbered B1454.
1960 A23 Pease Pottage Bypass Sussex Opened by Easter 1960. There were now 7 miles of continuous dual carriageway from Crawley Bypass to Bolney Common.
1960 A25 Shere Bypass Surrey The 0.7 mile road was opened on 7 May 1960 by Sir Jocelyn Bray. It was built partly on National Trust Land and was in a shallow cutting. Width was 50 feet with an S3 33 foot carriageway and a 6 foot footpath. Cost £90,000.
1960 A229 Cranbrook Bypass Kent Upgrade of Angley Road (previously unclassified). Opened on 9 August 1960.
1960 A46 Thurmaston Bypass Leicestershire The 1 mile dual carriageway between Humberstone Lane (then B6416) to the junction with Barkby Thorpe Road was opened on 1 October 1960. Temporary zebra crossings were provided and a temporary 40 mph speed limit imposed until the 2 pedestrian footbridges were completed later. Cost £250,000. Now part of A607.
1960 A48 Stormy Down dualling Glamorgan The dual carriageway from Heol y Splot, Stormy Down to A4106 Bridgend Road roundabout, west of Laleston was completed in 1960 per the Wales and Monmouthshire Report of Developments and Government Action 1960. It had opened by May 1960. Online apart from a new deviation at the east end.
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 A4400 Smallbrook Queensway Warwickshire An official opening ceremony was held on 11 March 1960, attended by Ernest Marples MP, Lord Mayor of Birmingham John Lewis and Alderman D. S. Thomas, the chair of the public works committee. Later became unclassified.
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.
1960 A68 Carfraemill Diversion Berwickshire The 0.62 mile road to bypass the former junction with A697 opened to traffic in the year to 31 March 1961 per the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. It was in progress in the 1959-60 Report. It may have opened early in 1961.
1960 A604 Haverhill Northern Bypass Suffolk • Essex Ehringshausen Way. The one mile road was opened on 12 April 1960 by Lord Chesham, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Transport. Constructed by West Suffolk County Council, cost £48,000. Later renumbered A143.
1960 A74 Newfield Inn, Lesmahagow - Parkhead (south of Millbank) Lanarkshire The 4.75 mile dual carriageway from Newfield Inn (since demolished, 1.4 mile north of the current J11 Poniel Interchange) to 1.7 miles south of Millbank was opened in October 1960 per the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. Mainly online. Cost £796,000, Reconstruction work had started in 1939 but stopped for the war. Reconstructed as B7078 in 1986 and 1987 due to A74(M) bypass.
1960 A80 Muirhead Diversion Lanarkshire The 0.85 mile dual carriageway bypass was opened to traffic in the year to 31 March 1961 per the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. The 1959-60 Report had given a completion due date of the end of September 1960. It may have opened in 1961.
1960 A865 North Ford Causeway Inverness-shire The 4.92 mile crossing between North Uist and Benbecula was opened on 7 September 1960 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It included a rock causeway, 3 bridges to span the deeper channels and use of small islands. A 10 foot carriageway with passing places. Contractor was William Tawse and Co. Ltd. of Aberdeen, cost £650,000.
1960 A9 Ballinluig - Kindallachan Perthshire The 1.32 mile widening and re-alignment was completed in the 15 months to 31 March 1960 per the 1959-60 Scottish Roads Report. It was not in the 1958 report. It may have been completed in 1959.
1960 A9 Lothbeg Diversion Sutherland The 1.14 mile road was opened to traffic in the year to 31 March 1961 per the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. It was in progress in the 1959-60 Report. It may have opened in 1961. Cost £61,075.
1960 A9 Reisgill Diversion Caithness The 0.46 mile road to bypass the old bridge west of Lybster opened to traffic in the year to 31 March 1961 per the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. It was in progress in the 1959-60 Report. It may have opened early in 1961.
1960 A93 Perth: Queen's Bridge Perthshire The crossing of the River Tay was opened to traffic on 1 August 1960. The official opening was on 10 October 1960 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth. Cost £145,000. It replaced Victoria Bridge.
1960 - London: New Fetter Lane Middlesex Sydenham, Forest Hill & Penge Gazette of 25 March 1960 reported that buses were to use the road when the City Police tried out a new traffic scheme shortly. The 50 foot wide road was reported as under construction per Sphere of 16 May 1959. It may have opened in late 1959. It was not shown on OS one inch map until the full revision of August 1963. Later renumbered as A4.
1960 - Glenmore Ski Road Inverness-shire The 3.3 mile road from Glenmore Lodge to the ski slopes of Cairngorm was completed (except for final surfacing) in the 15 months to 31 March 1960 per the 1959-60 Scottish Roads Report. It had been reported as still being built by The Sphere of 7 November 1959. Cost £47,824.
1960 - Skegness: Lincoln Road Extension Lincolnshire The 0.6 mile road from A158 Burgh Road to Church Road was opened on 27 February 1960. The 24 foot wide road provided a new inward route into the town. Cost £35,000. Later numbered as B1528.
1961 M4 Maidenhead bypass Buckinghamshire • Berkshire The 6 mile section from J7 Huntercombe Spur to J9b Maidenhead Thicket was opened on 26 June 1961. There was mention of a planned temporary opening of a 3 mile section for Easter 1961. It was a twin lane dual carriageway and cost £2.75 million. Bray Bridge was the first permanent bridge to be put over the River Thames since the war. The bridge had a main span of 270 feet and was 100 feet wide to include cycle tracks and footpaths as well as the carriageways. It was known as A4(M) until just prior to opening. The section from J8/9 Holyport to J9b was renumbered as A423(M) following the westwards extension of M4 in 1971, and later as A404(M).
1961 A1(M) Doncaster Bypass Yorkshire • Nottinghamshire The 12.5 mile motorway, the first part of A1 to be A1(M) was opened on 31 July 1961 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. It completed the 27 mile diversion of the A1 from Markham Moor to Red House, north of Doncaster - bypassing Retford. Bawtry and Doncaster. The largest of the bridges was over the River Don. This was a seven span dual structure with an overall length of 760 feet. The span over the river was made up of a 100 foot suspended span on two 40 foot cantilevers. The contractors were Cubitts-Fitzpatrick-Shand. The Doncaster Bypass and the adjacent 2.5 mile Blyth Bypass to the south, cost £6million.
1961 A1 Biggleswade Bypass Bedfordshire The 2.5 mile dual carriageway bypass opened on 4 August 1961. It had roundabouts each end, both of which survive to date. The contractor was Sydney Green and Sons (Contractors) Ltd, contract value £930,863. It also including the dualling of the road north to Girtford. They completed the road in time to open before the August Bank Holiday but subsequently were instructed to improve the existing carriageway on the northern section, which was not in the original contract. This was completed by September 1962.
1961 A1 Redhouse - Wentbridge Yorkshire Dualling
1961 A1 Wentbridge Bypass Yorkshire The 2 mile dual carriageway opened at the end of November 1961. It was constructed by Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd and work had began in October 1959. Tender cost was £741,807. Carriageways were 24 feet wide with 12 feet verges. The main feature was the Wentbridge Viaduct over the valley of the River Went. This was 470 feet long and 100 feet high. The pre-stressed concrete bridge was supported on two pairs of raking legs which had spans of over 300 feet at ground level but sloped to divide the viaduct deck into a centre span of 190 feet and two side spans of 140 feet each.
1961 A1 Wentbridge - Ferrybridge Yorkshire Dualling
1961 A1 Leeming Bypass Yorkshire The 3.5 mile dual carriageway bypass opened on 18 October 1961, costing £1million. It is possible that a single carriageway opened earlier. Upgraded to A1(M) in 2012.
1961 A1 Pity Me and Framwellgate Moor Bypass Durham The 1.61 mile single carriageway from Front Street, Pity Me to Lanchester Road was opened on 12 June 1961 by J.A. Robinson, County Council Chairman. 60 foot width with 33 foot carriageway. Cost £275,410. Later renumbered A167.
1961 A1 Granthouse: Howpark Burn Diversion Berwickshire The 0.57 mile road was completed in the year to 31 March 1962 per the 1961-62 Scottish Roads Report. It was in progress per the 1960-61 Report. It may have opened in early 1962.
1961 A1101 Lackford Bypass Suffolk The 0.25 mile road was mentioned as opening to traffic in a Bury Free Press article of 10 February 1961.
1961 A1192 Lincoln: South Park Link Road Lincolnshire South Park Avenue was a diversion of the east end of South Park along a former railway route. Asphalting had been completed, and work on the road connections was to start after Christmas per the Lincolnshire Echo of 26 November 1960. Later renumbered as A1434.
1961 A30 Staines Bypass Middlesex • Buckinghamshire • Surrey The 2 mile dual carriageway was opened on 17 November 1961 by John Hay, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. It included the new Runnymede Bridge over River Thames. Contractor was Richard Costain (Civil Engineering) Ltd., cost £2 million. The section between M25 J13 Runnymede Interchange and Runnymede Roundabout later incorporated M25.
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 Tamar Bridge Devon • Cornwall The suspension bridge between St. Budeaux, Plymouth and Saltash was opened on 24 October 1961. There was still work to be completed so its ceremonial opening was delayed. It had an 1,100 foot span, was 110 feet above the river, and was built to only allow a sway of 3 inches in a 100 m.p.h. gale. Contractor was Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. Ltd.., cost £1.75 million. The toll was 3 shillings single, 4s 6d return. The Saltash Ferry completed its last fare paying journey at 23.15 on the previous day and ceremonial one on the day.
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 Flyover Middlesex Opened on 16 November 1961 by Harold Shearman, Chairman of London County Council. Ernest Marples, Transport Minister and in attendance, declared that it "marks a new age in road planning" and that "it is quite the nicest flyover I have seen in the world". The 2,800 yard dual 24 foot carriageways connected the adjacent sections of the Cromwell Road Extension and included the 1,000 yard flyover supported by 15 tapering columns. It involved a new type of prestressed concrete construction with the precast sections "stitched together" with 33 miles of high tensile steel strands. It had 66 miles of electric cable below the road surface for de-icing. Contractor was Marples, Ridgeway and Partners, cost £1.3 million.
1961 A48 Baglan dualling Glamorgan The online dual carriageway from the Briton Ferry Bridge (A474) roundabout to the Baglan roundabout, at the west end of the future A48(M) Port Talbot Bypass, was opened in 1961 per the Wales and Monmouthshire Report of Developments and Government Action 1961.
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 Bypass Yorkshire The bypass was reported as due to open on 25 August 1961. The eastern dual carriageway upgrade from the bypass to the Hessle Bypass was opened on 30 April 1962. The 2 mile scheme’s forecast cost was £280,000.
1961 A74 Beattock - Johnstonebridge Dumfriesshire The 5.2 mile mostly online dualling was opened between 1 April 1961 and 16 June 1961. It was nearing completion with one carriageway open to traffic throughout per the 1960-61 Report. Later reconstructed as B7076 in 1999 due to A74(M) bypass.
1961 A74 Dalmakethar - Lockerbie Dumfriesshire The 5 mile online and offline dualling south of Johnstonebridge was completed in the year to 31 March 1962 per the 1961-62 Scottish Roads Report. It was nearing completion and partly open to traffic per the 1960-61 Report. Reconstructed as A74(M) with adjacent B7076 in 1994.
1961 A77
A78
Prestwick Bypass Ayrshire Prestwick - Ayr Bypass Stage 1: the 4 mile dual carriageway from A78 Monktonhead Roundabout to Whitletts High Road (then A758) was officially opened on 10 March 1961 by John S. Maclay, Secretary of State for Scotland. The section from B742 Sandyford to Wheatpark Road was an upgrade of the former A719. Cost £705,000.
1961 A8 Bathgate Works dualling West Lothian The 1 mile online and offline dualling and the grade separated junction with B792 was opened in November 1961 per the 1961-62 Scottish Roads Report. It was connected with the adjacent British Motor Corporation Development. Later renumbered A7066.
1961 A80 Condorrat Bypass Dunbartonshire The 3.1 mile dual carriageway from Luggie Water to west of Cumbernauld was completed in March 1961 per Hansard. Cost £470,000. Later converted to M80.
1961 A87 Loch Garry to Glen Moriston Inverness-shire Loch Loyne Diversion. The 8.25 mile road was completed in February 1961 per Hansard and the 1960-61 Scottish Roads Report. The loch waters were to be raised by a dam. The original plan by the Scottish Hydro-electric Board was to carry the existing A87 from Tomdoun to Cluanie Inn over the new reservoir on a 0.75 mile viaduct. In November 1953 they instead proposed a new road along the southern shore of the raised Loch Loyne and abandoning the section to Cluanie Inn. After negotiations with Ministry of Transport they changed their proposals in July 1955 to the current 8 mile road from Achaluachrach to Bunloyne citing it would be less snowbound in winter. The inquiry into the new road was held at Parliament House, Edinburgh in June 1956 and it was authorised in December 1956. Cost £563,500.
1961 A9 Inverness: Ness Bridge Inverness-shire The bridge over the River Ness connecting Tomnahurich Street to Bridge Street was opened to traffic on 7 August 1961 per the Ambaile archive. The official opening was on 28 September 1961. Cost £302,000. It replaced a previous suspension bridge, Later renumbered as B861.
1961 A9 Strathsteven Railway Bridge Diversion Berwickshire The 0.69 mile road between Golspie and Brora was completed in the year to 31 March 1962 per the 1961-62 Scottish Roads Report. It was in progress per the 1960-61 Report. It may have opened in early 1962.
1961 B1330 Kitty Brewster Bridge Northumberland The link over River Blyth from Bebside (A193) to Moorland Avenue, Bedlington Station was to be opened on 15 April 1961 by Alderman Dan Dawson. It had 5 spans of 80 feet and carried a 33 foot wide carriageway 40 foot above the river. Bridge contractor was Brims and Co. of Newcastle and Middlesborough who had also reconstructed the nearby Furnace Bridge in 1910. Tender £116,130. Later renumbered as A189 and A1147. Also included the B1311 link on north shore to Stead Lane. It resulted in the car ferry at Blyth ceasing in 1964.
1961 B3053 Marchwood Bypass Hampshire The Ministry grant to the proposed 3.25 mile scheme from A35 at Rushington to the Main Road roundabout, south of Marchwood was made in July 1958. It was included in a list of completed schemes in Hansard of 8 June 1961. It may have opened in 1959 or 1960. 24 foot carriageway. Estimated cost £300,000. Later renumbered A326.
1961 B4391 Llyn Celyn Reservoir Diversion Merionethshire The lengthy diversion to allow construction of the reservoir which would flood part of the Afon Tryweryn valley, west of Bala was opened in 1961 per the Wales and Monmouthshire Report of Developments and Government Action 1961. Later renumbered A4212.
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 Stafford Bypass Staffordshire The 4.75 mile section from J13 Dunston to J14 Creswell was opened on 2 August 1962 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport although a 2 1/2 year old boy at the ceremony nearly "cut" the blue ribbon across the motorway first! Contractor was John Laing and Son with a tender cost of £2.68 million. The total cost was £3.876 million and included the half mile long Creswell Viaduct over the Sow valley constructed by J. L. Keir and Co.. Two radio-controlled ambulances and rescue vehicles fitted with flood lights and fire, resuscitation, and lifting equipment patrolled the road continuously after opening.
1962 M6 Creswell - Hanchurch Staffordshire The 11.25 mile northward extension from J14 to J15 was opened on 19 December 1962 by Alderman J.P. Amery, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council. Cost £4 million.
1962 A1(M) Stevenage - Welwyn Hertfordshire The original Stevenage Bypass from J6 to J8 was opened on 26 July 1962 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. The 7.5 mile road cost £2 million. Roundabouts where constructed at each end.
1962 A1 Girtford and Sandy Bypass Bedfordshire Work started 2 January 1961 per Hansard written answer. It was under construction on OS Half inch map revised April 1962 and open on 1963 OS Quarter inch map. It may have opened in early 1963.
1962 A1 Tempsford Bypass Bedfordshire The section from just north of Tempsford Bridge (south of A428 Black Cat Roundabout) to Girtford (Sandy) was in progress in June 1961 per Hansard and was included on the April 1962 revision of the OS Quarter inch map. It may have been completed in late 1961. It included a second bridge over the River Ouse north of Tempsford and the half mile long Tempsford Bypass. The new bridge became the southbound carriageway and the old Tempsford Bridge built in 1820 became the northbound carriageway, retaining the bends either side.
1962 A1 Buckden Bypass Huntingdonshire The 1.5 mile dual carriageway opened on 25 October 1962, costing £400,000. One of the carriageways had been open since September 1962. It was from Buckden Railway Bridge to just south of the B661 junction to the south of the village. The railway had by then closed and the underbridge built for the original railway line was utilised to provide a Grade Separated Junction with the A141 from Brampton. This new section connected with previously opened dual carriageways either side to create a continuous 7 mile section of dual carriageway.
1962 A1 Grantham Bypass Lincolnshire The 6.3 mile dual carriageway between Little Ponton and Gonerby Moor was opened on 10 October 1962 by the Earl of Lancaster, 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 Bypass Yorkshire The £468,203 contract was awarded in February 1960 to Harbour and General Works Ltd of Gateshead. Work commenced shortly after. Later renumbered as A162 & A1246 when bypassed by A1(M) 2006
1962 A17 Pitcher Row - Fosdyke Straightening Lincolnshire Reported as recently completed in the 24 August 1962 Spalding Guardian.
1962 A18 Laceby Bypass Lincolnshire The main section of the dual carriageway was reported as opened by the Grimsby Daily Telegraph of 27 November 1962. The remainder may have opened in early 1963. The dual carriageway eastwards to B1444 Bradley Crossroads Roundabout also appears on the 1964 OS Quarter inch map. Later renumbered A46.
1962 A249 Detling Bypass Kent Opened August 1962 per a later Thanet Times article. The 2 mile road from M20 Maidstone Bypass to the Castle Hill junction had dual 24 foot carriageways. For the climb up Detling Hill a new separate carriageway at a higher level was built, with the existing road used for the southbound carriageway. Forecast cost £363,000.
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 A49 Lee Brockhurst Diversion Shropshire The 0.75 mile straightening and a new type of reinforced concrete bridge over Rover Roden was expected to be completed by Whitsun 1962. Estimated cost £61,000. Several vehicles had plunged into the river previously at one of Shropshire’s worst places for accidents.
1962 A449 Wombourn : Battlefield Hill Diversion Staffordshire 0.6 mile dual carriageway from 140 yards north of the new Battlefield Roundabout to 200 yards south of “Foxhills”. Work was expected to start within a few months of the authority for the scheme given in May 1960. It is shown on the OS one inch map revised November 1962 but not on the May 1962 Quarter inch map. Forecast cost was £132,000.
1962 A465 Abergavenny Bypass Monmouthshire The 3 mile road from Glanbaiden Roundabout, east of Gilwern to Hardwick Roundabout, south-east of Abergavenny was opened on 3 August 1962. It was 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 A494 Queensferry Bypass Flintshire The 1.5 mile dual carriageway from Higher Shotton (adjacent to Dee View) to A548 at Drome Corner, north-east of Garden City, was opened on 2 March 1962 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport who cut the big white tape across the road at 12.40. He then spent the next 5 minutes in the middle of a surging crowd chopping the ribbon into pieces with his silver scissors and handing the bits out to bystanders as souvenirs. It included the 3 span Dee Bridge, then known as Queensferry Bridge. Carriageways were 24 feet. It superceded the adjacent single carriageway The Blue Bridge, a former bascule bridge built in 1926, which was renumbered to B5441.
1962 A52 Old Leake Bypass Lincolnshire Work on the six month contract for the 0.5 mile diversion commenced in August 1961. It cut out two right-angle bends and was due to be finished by January 1962 in time for the opening of the new secondary school on the old road. Near to Boston, the A52 through the Willoughby Hills crossroads had been straightened 16 months prior to August 1961.
1962 A589 Heysham: Middleton Road Bypass Lancashire Middleton Way. Was to be opened on 17 April 1962 by E. Kershaw, Mayor (public notice in the Morecombe Visitor of 11 April 1962).
1962 A5006 M6 J15 Hanchurch - Hanford Staffordshire Potteries D Road stage 1. The 1.1 mile dual carriageway opened on 19 December 1962, the same day as the M6 extension from J14 to J15 opening. Carriageways were 25 feet wide with a 15 foot central reservation. Contractor was Percy Bilton Ltd, tender cost £377,093. Later renumbered A500.
1962 A6 South Mimms Bypass Middlesex • Hertfordshire The 1.5 mile road was to be opened on 26 July 1962 by John Hay, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. It completed nearly 13 miles of dual carriageway on one of the main approaches to London from the M1 (via M10 spur). Also included was a 0.4 mile diversion of A1081 to the southern roundabout, south of the original Bignells Corner. Contractor was John Laing, cost £0.5 million. Later converted to M25.
1962 A6 Barton-le-Clay Diversion Bedfordshire The bypass of Bedford Road between Sharpenhoe Road and Hexton Road was opened on 14 August 1962. The road had been finished for some time but was not opened until it was lighted. Cost £20,000. Later renumbered B655.
1962 A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road Yorkshire Bradford Road (A647) to Rodley Lane (A657). Shown as under construction on the March 1960 OS Quarter inch and October 1961 One inch maps. It may have opened in 1961. It completed the northern section of the Ring Road from Bradford Road to Selby Road (of which the first section had opened in 1923).
1962 A74 Abington and Crawford Bypass Lanarkshire The 5.75 mile bypass with adjacent online dualling from 0.4 mile north of Abington Interchange to Telford Bridge, Elvanfoot was opened on 9 March 1962. Note that the Abington Bypass section was shown on the 1962 OS One inch map and was mentioned in an Edinburgh Evening News article of 3 January 1962 so may have opened in 1961. Contractor was Murdoch Mackenzie Ltd., cost £750,000. The Abington Bypass was later upgraded to A74(M) and the southern section and Crawford Bypass renumbered as A702 and reverted to single carriageway in 1993.
1962 A74 Lockerbie - Ecclefechan Dumfriesshire The 4.5 mile mostly online dualling was completed in the year to 31 March 1962 per the 1961-62 Scottish Roads Report and in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. Reconstructed as single carriageway B7076 due to A74(M) bypass in 1994.
1962 A74 Johnstonebridge - Dalmakethar Dumfriesshire 0.62 mile widening of the existing dual carriageway south of Johnstonebridge. Completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. Reconstructed as B7076 in 1999 due to A74(M) bypass.
1962 A76 Howford Bridge Diversion Ayrshire The 1 mile road south-east of Mauchline was opened on 28 September 1962 by Michael Noble, Secretary of State for Scotland. The bridge was a 300 foot span reinforced concrete arch, 90 feet above the River Ayr and was the then longest concrete span in Scotland.
1962 A77 Altimeg Bridge Diversion Ayrshire The 0.62 mile road and new bridge between Ballantrae and Cairnryan was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report.
1962 A77 Eastwood Toll - Malletsheugh Dualling Renfrewshire The 2.7 mile dualling from Norwood Drive (south-west of Eastwood Toll) to the former Malletsheugh Road junction with Ayr Road was opened at the end of 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report.
1962 A78 Kilwinning Bypass Ayrshire The 2 mile dual carriageway was opened on either 24 or 31 August 1962 by Daniel Sim, County Convener. 24 foot carriageways and 15 foot central reservation. Cost £500,000 excluding land and compensation charges.
1962 A9 Evelix Bridge Diversion Sutherland The 0.55 mile road and new bridge near the A949 Evelix Junction, west of Dornoch, was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £42,000.
1962 A9 Ousdale Diversion Caithness The 0.91 mile road and new bridge between Helmsdale and Berriedale was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £105,000.
1962 A91 Cowden Castle Corner Diversion Perthshire The 0.37 mile road north-east of Dollar was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report.
1962 A92 Cowie House Diversion Kincardineshire The diversion to the north of Stonehaven was opened to northbound traffic on 17 August 1962. The full opening was expected in a few weeks. It was part of a £133,000 improvement scheme which included Bridge of Muchalls. Later became unclassified.
1962 A94 Eassie Diversion Angus The 0.6 mile road and new bridge to avoid the level crossing was opened on 6 July 1962 by John Maclay, Secretary of State for Scotland.
1962 A98 Banff: Duff House Diversion Banffshire The 0.43 mile road was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. It provided a bypass to the original route eastwards from High Street via Back Path, Low Street, Bridge Street and Old Market Place.
1962 A956 Loirston Loch Diversion Kincardineshire The diversion over a corner of the loch was expected to be ready by winter per the Mearns Leader of 24 August 1962. It may have opened in 1963.
1962 A985 Torryburn bypass Fife The 3.97 mile road was opened on 29 June 1962 by R. Brooman-White, Joint Parliamentary Under-secretary of State. 24 foot carriageway. It included the 306 foot 3 span concrete Valleyfield Bridge over Bluther Burn. Old road became B9037
1962 B1398 Scampton Airfield Diversion Lincolnshire Improvements were made at 11 locations on 3 miles of the existing Middle Street through Scampton, Aisthorpe, Brattleby and Cammeringham in preference to having a western airfield diversion. Lincolnshire Echo of 10 March 1961 reported that they were expected to be completed "next year". Cost £95,000.
1962 B7036 Ochiltree: Lugar Water Bridge Diversion Ayrshire The 0.4 mile road and new bridge was completed in 1962 per the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report.
1962 - Baglan - Sandfields Glamorgan The link from Baglan roundabout, at the west end of the future A48(M) Port Talbot Bypass, to the Sandlands Estate was completed in May 1962 per the Wales and Monmouthshire Report of Developments and Government Action 1962. The northern part later became part of A4241.
1962 - Derby Inner Ring Road Derbyshire "Second Link" of the then "Inner Road" - Bradshaw Way. Dual carriageway between Traffic Street / London Road and Osmaston Road. Reported that it was hoped it would open in mid May per Derby Daily Telegraph of 9 March 1962. An accident report on the road was reported in the 31 July 1962 edition. Later renumbered as A601.
1963 M2 Park Pale, Cobham - Stockbury Kent 12.65 mile first section from J1 to J5 was opened on 29 May 1963 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. The twin lane dual carriageway cost £16 million. It included the original Medway Bridge which was 3,272 feet long with a 500 foot main span, then the longest pre-stressed concrete span in the world.
1963 M2 Stockbury - Perry Court, Faversham Kent 10.6 mile extension from J5 to J6 was opened on 26 July 1963. A twin lane dual carriageway.
1963 M2 Perry Court, Faversham - Brenley Corner Kent 1.7 mile final section of the Medway Towns Bypass from J6 to J7 was opened on 6 September 1963. A twin lane dual carriageway. Contractor was John Laing.
1963 M4 Slough Bypass Buckinghamshire The 5.5 mile section from J5 Langley to J7 Huntercombe Intersection, which connected to the Maidenhead bypass, was opened on 9 April 1963 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. It had dual 24 foot carriageways, 10 foot wide hard shoulders and a 13 foot central reservation. There were 11 bridges. Contractors were Richard Costain (Civil Engineering) Ltd. and Higgs and Hill Ltd. with tender price of £4.1 million.
1963 M5 Almondsbury Roundabout - 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. It was built as a replacement Filton Bypass, the original bypass having closed on 5 February 1947 due to the expansion of Filton Aerodrome.
1963 M6 Lymm - Bamber Bridge Cheshire • Lancashire The southward 28 mile extension between J20 to J29 was opened on 29 July 1963 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. It included the 1 mile spur at J25 Bryn to join A49 and the Thelwall Viaduct.
1963 M6 Hanchurch - Lymm Staffordshire • Cheshire The 33 mile section from J15 to J20 was opened on 15 November 1963 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. It linked the two adjoining sections creating an 86 mile continuous motorway from the Stafford Bypass to the Preston Bypass. Cost was £19 million. 10 million tons of earth were moved in the construction by 3,680 workers. The Press were given a tour by coach on the 12th, prior to opening, and at least one reporter had a car drive on it as well. Contractors were: Hanchurch - Barthomley, John Laing Construction Ltd; Barthomley - Holmes Chapel, Sir Lindsay Parkinson and Co. Ltd.; Holmes Chapel - Lymm, Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd. A brick bearing the date 1791 from a demolished cottage was incorporated into a bridge - it could cause confusion to future archeologists.
1963 A1 Boroughbridge Bypass Yorkshire The 4 mile dual carriageway was opened on 22 November 1963 by the Chairman of North Riding Council. Work started in Summer 1961 and forecast cost was £1.6million. This Western bypass was first proposed in 1951 when the 1938 Eastern bypass proposals were scrapped. Later renumbered as A168 as single carriageway when bypassed by A1(M) in 1995
1963 A1 Aberford Bypass Yorkshire The £690,707 contract was awarded in September 1960 to Dowsett Engineering Construction Co. Ltd. of Gateshead. The 2.5 mile road had dual 24 foot carriageways, a 15 foot central reservation, widening to 30 foot at junctions, and two 12 foot grass verges. It included flyover junctions with A642 Wakefield Road and A656 Castleford Road. The work was expected to be completed by August 1962 so it possibly opened in 1962. Later renumbered as A1(M) in 1999.
1963 A11 Barton Mills Bypass Suffolk The 0.35 mile single carriageway road bypassed Old Mill Lane with a new bridge over River Lark. Opened on 22 July 1963 by Lord Wolverton, member of West Suffolk Highways Committee. Cost £92,000.
1963 A18 Mottle Ash Hill Bypass Lincolnshire The 1.25 mile road between Scunthorpe and Brigg was due to be completed in January 1964 but the diversion part was opened earlier and a Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph report of 22 November 1963 stated that the old 1 in 11 hill had been closed to traffic. It also cut out the former crossroads turn with B1398. It included 0.5 mile of 24 foot dual carriageways and a mile of 33 foot single carriageway (note that the 1969 OS One inch map showed an extended dual carriageway at the east end whereas an aerial photograph in December 1964 shows it ending before the forest). Contractor was Monk & Co. Ltd.. Internet era spellings have labelled it Mortal Ash Hill.
1963 A148 Sculthorpe - Fakenham Norfolk Creake Road from Sculthorpe to B1355. 0.35 mile. A 1 October 1963 Lynn Advertiser report said that the changes caused by the opening of the new road had caused consternation. The B1355 eastwards became A148 and the original A148 route on Fakenham Road and Sculthorpe Road became unclassified. Coastal traffic for Wells and Cley using the B1105 did not now have to enter Fakenham. Not on April 1962 OS Quarter inch map.
1963 A153 Scamblesby Diversion Lincolnshire The 0.75 mile bypass was approved in October 1961 and was in use when an aerial photograph appeared in the 10 October 1963 Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph. It may have opened in 1962. 24 foot single carriageway. Estimated cost was £54,500.
1963 A2 Canterbury: Rheims Way Kent Summer Hill, Harbledown to Mincheap Roundabout, Castle Street. The Maidstone Telegraph reported on Friday 7 June 1963 that the eastbound carriageway had been opened on Friday and that the westbound carriageway would open on Saturday next week. 0.8 mile dual carriageway, described as Canterbury Bypass. Later renumbered A2050 and A290.
1963 A282 Dartford Tunnel First Bore (West Bore) Essex • Kent The tunnel and 4 mile approach road from Purfleet Interchange, Thurrock to Princess Road (original Dartford Bypass) was opened on 18 November 1963. It connected the then A13 with A2 (later A1306 and A296) using roundabout junctions. The tunnel was 0.9 mile long with 0.25 mile of open cut approaches at a gradient of 1 in 28 from ground level. It had a 28 foot diameter with a 21 foot carriageway. Approach roads had 24 foot dual carriageways. Cost £11 million. 150 people were involved in the daily running of the tunnel.
1963 A38 Beam Bridge Diversion Somerset New bridge over the Taunton to Exeter railway line, and 0.5 mile of S3 road. The 15 June 1963 Taunton Courier reported on broken windscreens from chippings put down on the new road. Forecast cost £128,000.
1963 A355 Slough Bypass Link Buckinghamshire A half mile dual carriageway extension of Tuns lane linked A4, west of the town, to M4 J6. The Slough Bypass motorway opened on 9 April 1963. There was no southern extension from J6 until the Windsor and Eton Relief Road in 1966.
1963 A41 Albrighton Bypass Shropshire The 2.75 mile road was reported by the Council as opening shortly per the Liverpool Echo of 3 July 1963. Cost £1.25 million.
1963 A422 Alcester: Oversley Green Bypass Warwickshire The Stratford Road diversion with a new bridge over River Arrow was reported as having been opened by the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald of 12 July 1963. Estimated cost £110,000. Later became unclassified.
1963 A427 Corby: Westcott Way Northamptonshire From Cottingham Road to Oakley Road. Shown on 1964 OS Route Planning Map. Not on April 1962 OS Quarter inch map. It may have opened in 1962.
1963 A465 Brynmawr - Gilwern Brecknockshire The 3.5 mile section through the Clydach Gorge was expected to be opened in early summer of 1963 per the South Wales Gazette of 3 August 1962. It was the final section of Stage 1 of Heads of the Valleys Road. It involved a climb of 700 feet with a gradient of 1 in 20 to replace the 1 in 8 gradients on the climb over Black Rock Hill, and was carried through the gorge on a shelf cut into the hillside requiring the removal of 300,000 tons of rock.
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 A50 Broughton Bypass Bedfordshire Reported by the Wolverton Express of 30 August 1963 that it had opened earlier in the week. Cost £63,000. Later became unclassified (northern part of Newport Road).
1963 A55 Llanddulas Hill dualing Denbighshire The online 0.75 mile dual carriageway on Abergele Road from Clobryn Road to Ffordd Tan yr Allt (Brig-y-Don), west of Llanddulas was opened on 4 November 1963. 24 foot carriageways, 6 foot footpaths and 4 foot central reservation. It included an 80 foot span quarry bridge, as well as smaller bridges over a mineral railway and accesses to the quarry. Contractor was D.C.M. Contractors (Liverpool) Ltd., contract price £244,854.
1963 A63 Welton - North Ferriby Yorkshire Dualling online. Between December 1962 OS One inch map and July 1964 OS Quarter inch map.
1963 A607 Caythorpe Bypass Lincolnshire 0.3 mile cut between the two Old Lincoln Road junctions. The completion was held up in April 1962 by a householder refusing to move out of her cottage that blocked the way at the southern junction until suitable equivalent accommodation was provided. The road had been completed up to 15 yards from the back garden and was complete barring the final 40 yards. The road was opened between September 1962 and July 1964 (on the OS Quarter inch map) .Cost £10,000.
1963 A74 Beattock Bypass Dumfriesshire The 2.6 mile dual carriageway was opened in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report. Contractor was James Miller & Partners, contract price £650,000, cost £750,000. Reconstructed as single carriageway A701 in 1999.
1963 A74 Canderwater - Lesmahowgow Lanarkshire Blackwood Bypass. The 4 mile dual carriageway, from 0.3 mile north of the former Canderwater Interchange (Tanhill Road / Draffan Road, north of Blackwood) to Nethan Vale Terrace, Lesmahowgow was opened in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report. Part online. Contractor was J. Anderson & King Ltd, contract price £1.05 million, cost £1.29 million. Reconstructed to M74 / B7078 in 1986.
1963 A77 Ayr Bypass Ayrshire Prestwick - Ayr Bypass Stage 2: The 1.57 mile S3 road from Whitletts High Road (then A758) to A70 Holmston Roundabout was opened in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report. It included Overmills Bridge over River Ayr which was designed to allow future widening. Forecast cost was £255,000.
1963 A77 Eastwood Toll Diversion Renfrewshire The 0.3 mile dual carriageway was opened in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £0.23 million.
1963 A739 Clyde Tunnel, Glasgow Lanarkshire Whiteinch to Linthouse. The first of the twin tunnels was opened for two way traffic on 3 July 1963 by Queen Elizabeth II. 2500 feet long with a 22 foot carriageway. The second tunnel opened on 23 March 1964 for dual carriageway operation.
1963 A761 Linwood Road Dualling Renfrewshire The 0.91 mile online dualling in front of the Rootes Development was completed in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report.
1963 A8 Baillieston - Newhouse Industrial Estate Lanarkshire The 5.6 mile online dual carriageway from Bredisholm Road (where M73 is now), Baillieston to 0.3 mile east of the B799 former junction at Newhouse Industrial Estate was opened in May 1963 per the West Lothian Courier of 30 August 1963. Contractor was Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd., tender price £1.07 million, cost £1.4 million. The eastern end later became part of the M8 / A8 upgrade.
1963 A82 Ewich and Castlebridge Diversion Perthshire The 1.33 mile road and new railway bridge north-west of Crianlarich was completed in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report. Spelt as Euich in the Report.
1963 A85 Benmore Diversion Perthshire The 1.35 mile road east of Crianlarich was completed in 1963 per the 1963 Scottish Development Department Report.
1963 A896 Shieldaig - Torridon Ross-shire The 7.25 mile Balgy Gap road was opened on 9 September 1963 by Michael Noble, Secretary of State for Scotland per the Balgy Bridge plaque. Works would appeared to have continued since it was described as completed in the 1964 Report. It was the first scheme of the Highland New Roads Programme (announced in 1959). It connected the dead end roads of B857 and B858 which were then renumbered as A896
1963 A9 Dunblane Bridge Southern Approach Perthshire The 0.4 mile online dual carriageway was opened in 1963 per Hansard. It had been described as nearly complete in the 1962 Scottish Development Department Report. Later renumbered as B8033.
1963 B1049 Histon Bypass Cambridgeshire Bridge Road. The 1 mile road from Water Lane to Cambridge Road was opened on 7 November 1963. 33 foot carriageway and bridge over the St. Ives to Cambridge Railway Line. Contractor was Roadworks (1952) Ltd. of Ipswich, estimated cost £189,000.
1963 - Gloucester: Kimbrose Way Gloucestershire The section of Inner Ring Road connecting Commercial Road to Southgate Street was opened on 11 August 1963. Initially opened as one way. Later renumbered as A4301.
1963 - Sittingbourne Relief Road Kent The 0.4 mile St. Michael’s Road between the former Berry Street (south of the eastern end of railway station) and the Shortlands Road / West lane junction was expected to be completed in August 1963 per a 25 April 1963 article in East Kent Gazette. Work had commenced on 1 October 1962. Cost £40,000. Later renumbered A2.
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 M90
A823(M)
Forth Road Bridge Northern Approach Roads Fife 1.9 miles from J1 Admiralty Junction, Rosyth (now J1C) to a Temporary Terminus on the then A90 by the B916 Aberdour Road junction (between J2 and J3). Inverkeithing Bypass and Scotland's first motorway. It connected at J1 to the A90 approach road and Forth Road Bridge which opened on 4 September 1964. However the advance notice in The Gazette stated that M90 would open on 5 September 1964. The Gazette notice also referred to the connecting road to the A823 Dunfermline to Rumbling Bridge road which is assumed to be the A823(M) between Queensferry Road and M90 J2 Masterton Junction. It is not clear if the motorway sections opened a day earlier on 4 September 1964.
1964 A1 Newark Bypass Nottinghamshire The 6.75 mile reinforced concrete dual carriageway was opened on 27th July 1964 by Ernest Marples, and ran from North Muskham to Balderton/Fernwood at the southern end of London Road. Contractor was Robert McGregor & Son Ltd., cost £3.5 million.
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 was opened on 21 December 1964 by G. Harris, Managing Director of A. Monks, the contractors. Cost was £1.25 million. Offline apart from the northern 0.6 mile which took over part of the then A14. It completed a 33 mile section almost entirely of dual carriageways from north of St Neots to Stamford. It included the original Alconbury Interchange and also 61 sections, 200 feet long and constructed in different materials from sub-base to surface, as a long term experiment by the Road Research Laboratory. Renumbered as A1(M) in 1998.
1964 A12 Witham Bypass Essex The 3.75 mile concrete surfaced dual carriageway was opened on 15 September 1964 by Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport. It featured the first local authority use of the new Warboys type road signs, with green backgrounds, white roads / place names and amber route numbers. The largest of the 32 signs measured 15 by 11.5 feet. Contractor was W. and C. French Ltd., cost £1.5 million.
1964 A17 Coddington: Newark Road Diversion Nottinghamshire Beacon Hill Road to the original bypass (1932) at Brownlow's Hill. Part of the A1 Newark Bypass scheme at Coddington Interchange which opened on 27 July 1964. The A17 diversion would have been opened earlier.
1964 A1136 Stallingborough Bypass Lincolnshire The mile long bypass from Healing Lane by Low Farm westwards to the junction of the old road by Five Acres was reported as opened by the Grimsby Daily Telegraph of 27 October 1964. The short diversion westwards over North Beck Drain had still to be completed. 24 foot carriageway. The section west of the roundabout was later renumbered A1173 and that eastwards B1210.
1964 A25 Ightham Bypass Kent The 0.9 mile road was opened on 7 September 1964 for eastbound traffic. Work continued for the next few weeks to complete the road. 33 foot carriageway. Cost £158,900.
1964 A259 Buckle Bypass Sussex From the Bishopstone Road junction to Claremont Road, Seaford. Buckle is near to Bishopstone Railway Station. Was scheduled to be completed in Spring 1964 per an annotated online newspaper clipping but may have opened later. It appears on the 1965 OS one inch map.
1964 A38 Barton Turn - Branston Staffordshire Dualling
1964 A40 Raglan Bypass Monmouthshire Completed in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report.
1964 A40 Herefordshire Boundary - Dixton, Monmouth Monmouthshire The 1 mile dualling was completed in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report, although the Southbound carriageway was not initially in use.
1964 A40 Wilton Roundabout - Goodrich Cross Herefordshire The 3.5 mile online dualling was opened in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report. Some parts may have opened earlier. 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.
1964 A40 Wheatley Bypass Oxfordshire The contract for the 3.5 mile dual carriageway was issued to John Laing (Construction) Ltd. in 1962, price £1 million. Carriageways were 24 feet wide and there were 4 bridges and 3 culverts. Work was to be completed within 2 years. An undated Oxford Mail report stated that the village bypass would be open in July but there was single lane operation at the Holton and Thame Turns with work not being completed until the Autumn. Possibly the road opened in 1963. Cost was increased by the use of experimental work on road materials by the Road Research Laboratory. The 1 mile section east of the A418 Thame Turn was later converted to M40.
1964 A46 Irby on Humber Bypass Lincolnshire The 1 mile bypass of the village and the "Irby Nine Bends" was opened on 12 December 1964 by an inaugural drive by local farmer G.F. Sleights (whose fields were separated by the road but received an underpass connection). 24 foot carriageway. Contractor was Monks, forecast cost £75,000.
1964 A48 Newport: George Street Bridge Monmouthshire The 1,765 foot bridge over River Usk was opened on 9 April 1964. It was the first cable cantilever bridge in U.K.. It used 13,850 feet of galvanised locked coil wire rope from British Ropes' factories in Doncaster. The 3 inch wire rope passed through the 165 foot high hollow concrete towers to the anchor spans. Contractor was Cleveland Bridge and Engineering of Darlington. Later downgraded to B4237.
1964 A456 Halesowen Bypass extension Worcestershire The 0.5 mile dual carriageway between A459 and the current B4043 Manor Lane had been opened by September 1964. The A456 was rerouted up Manor Lane to Quinton until the link roads and M5 Junction 3 was opened on 19 November 1965.
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 A465 Hirwaun Bypass Glamorgan • Brecknockshire The 1.8 mile road was opened in July 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report.
1964 A465 Hirwaun - Dowlais Top Glamorgan • Brecknockshire Merthyr Tydfil Northern Bypass. Stage 2 of the "Heads of the Valleys Road". The 8 mile road was opened on 15 December 1964 by James Griffiths, Secretary of State for Wales. Cost £3.1 million.
1964 A487 Trawsfynydd Bypass Merionethshire The 0.86 mile road was opened on 21 October 1964 without ceremony. Constructed by Merioneth County Council, cost £120,000. Later renumbered A470.
1964 A4067 Godre'r-graig Bypass Glamorgan Cilmaengwyn to Church Road. Completed in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report. A short section at the south-western end was later renumbered B4603.
1964 A4102 Merthyr Tydfil Inner Ring Road Glamorgan Completed in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report. It will have included Avenue de Clichy from Penry Street Bridge to High Street, which was shown on the OS 1965 One inch map. It is unclear from that map if it was an extension of the A4102 on opening, or if it was a spur of A470. Later renumbered A4054.
1964 A50 Groby bypass Leicestershire The mile long dual carriageway was reported in the Friday 3 January 1964 Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times to have opened on Friday. It may have referred to the previous week. Contractor was Galliford and Sons Ltd., cost £284,000.
1964 A51 Great Haywood bypass Staffordshire 1.75 mile bypass opened 24 April 1964. Cost £383,000.
1964 A52 Sandiacre and Stapleford Bypass Derbyshire • Nottinghamshire The 5.25 mile dual carriageway from the Borrowash Bypass at Hopwell Firs to Bramcote was opened 21 December 1964 by Lord Lindgren, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Transport. It included the 3 level Sandiacre Interchange in advance of the M1, which was under construction. Contractor was M.J. Gleeson (Contractors) Ltd., cost £2 million.
1964 A53 Shawbury Heath Diversion Shropshire The 1.3 mile road to the south of Shawbury was first shown on 1965 OS Route Planning map (would have been revised 1964). It may have opened earlier. Authorised in July 1961 at a cost of £51.000, met by the Air Ministry due to the extension of the runways at R.A.F. Shawbury.
1964 A500 M6 J16 Barthomley - A34 Talke Staffordshire Potteries D Road stage 2. The 3.5 mile dual carriageway opened on 15 May 1964. Width was 88 feet with dual 24 foot carriageways and a 15 foot central reservation. It had one interim junction with Alsager Road. Contractor was Percy Bilton Ltd, tender cost £1.65 million, total cost £1.78 million. M6 had opened previously on 15 November 1963.
1964 A6097 Epperstone – Lowdham Diversion Nottinghamshire Epperstone Bypass easterly extension to Lowdham Bypass. 0.8 miles. Newark Advertiser on 29 January 1964 reported that since the new road had opened Woodborough residents were directing motorists, who had followed the verges in thick fog, back to the main road. It may have opened in late 1963. It was not shown on the 1963 OS one inch map.
1964 A7 Middleton: Currie Inn Farm Diversion Midlothian The 0.75 mile road south-east of Gorebridge was completed in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report.
1964 A74 Lockerbie Bypass Dumfriesshire The 2.2 mile dual carriageway was opened in July 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. The Scotsman of 17 July 1964 reported that it was opening that day for a limited period for the Glasgow Fair traffic. Works were still ongoing and it was described as almost complete at the year end. Note that Hansard had stated it had opened in 1965. Contractor was A.M. Carmichael Ltd., contract price £783,000. Reconstructed as A74(M) / B7076 in 1994.
1964 A74 Telford Bridge, Elvanfoot - Hectors Bridge Lanarkshire The 4.7 mile dual carriageway, south of the Abington - Crawford section, was mostly open in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. The end of the dual carriageway near Hectors Bridge was mentioned in a Scotsman report of 25 August 1964. Contractor was Murdoch Mackenzie Ltd., tender price £981,000. 0.6 mile of existing dual carriageway was reconstructed (see 1938) and a second carriageway added across Paddy's Rickle Bridge (which had been completed in 1959). Renumbered as B7076 as part of the A74(M) scheme and reconstructed as single carriageway in 1992.
1964 A74 Mossband Viaduct Cumberland The 0.54 mile concrete bridge over the West Coast Main Line railway opened in 1964 per Structurae. Demolished for the 2008 M6 upgrade.
1964 A79 Prestwick Airport Loop Road Ayrshire Monkton Bypass from A78 Monktonhead Roundabout to Shawfarm Roundabout was to be opened on 9 November 1964 (per The Scotsman of 6 November 1964). Cost £350,000. The old road south of Monkton which had previously crossed the runway extension of 1960 (controlled by a level crossing system) was closed.
1964 A80 Denny Bypass Stirlingshire Castlecary to north of Dunipace. The scheme was listed as Haggs to north of Dunipace, but from the distance stated it would appear to have continued to Castlecary. One carriageway was to open in 3 or 4 weeks time per Hansard of 15 June 1964, with both carriageways open by October 1964. Opened in July 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report 4.68 mile dual carriageway. Contractor was R.J. Macleod (Contractor) Ltd., tender price £1.89 million, cost £2.01 million. Later became part of M80.
1964 A80 Cumbernauld Bypass Dunbartonshire Opened in July 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. Works would appeared to have continued since it was described as virtually completed at the year end. Later became part of M80.
1964 A82 Auchendennan Diversion Dunbartonshire The 0.75 mile road north-west of Alexandria was opened in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report.
1964 A82
B830
Barloan Toll Diversion Dunbartonshire Opened in July 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. 0.53 mile dual carriageway from north of Dunbarton cemetery to the end of Barloan Place, plus a short extension of B830 to the new roundabout.
1964 A850 Skye: Druim nan Cleochd Diversion Inverness-shire The 4.6 mile direct road from Sconser Lodge to the head of Loch Ainort (south-west of Luib) was completed in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. Aberdeen Press of 14 February 1964 mentioned a July 1964 forecast opening date. Contractor was J Baxter & Sons (Constructors) Ltd. of Muir of Ord., cost £312,000. The 3.75 mile improvement from Sligachan Hotel to Sconser Lodge was also completed, cost £231,000. Later renumbered as A87.
1964 A9 Stirling Inner Relief Road Stirlingshire Phase 1: St Ninians to Linden Road. The 1 mile dual carriageway was opened on 31 July 1964. Cost £266,000. Linden Road was used to connect northwards to Goosecroft Road.
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 footpaths and cycle tracks were completed in January 1965. The span of 3,300 feet then made it the longest span in Europe. It included 6.44 mile Northern Approach Roads and the 4.87 mile Southern Approach Roads. Cost £20 million. The Queen and her entourage did not have to pay a toll. Later renumbered as A9000.
1964 A91 St Andrews: Petheram Bridge Diversion Midlothian The 1 mile road east of the town was completed in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. It bypassed Old Station Road.
1964 A92 Bridge of Muchalls - Cortins Kincardineshire The 1 mile widening and re-alignment north of Stonehaven was completed in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report (but note it is included on the 1963 OS one inch map). Included a 0.7 mile dual carriageway.
1964 A96 Nairn Relief Road Nairnshire The widening and reconstruction of King Street was completed in 1964 per the 1964 Scottish Development Department Report. 0.3 mile. 33 foot carriageway and 10 foot footpaths.
1964 B4004 Newport: Ringland Way Monmouthshire Opened in February 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report. Described as Industrial Road. Later renumbered A48.
1964 B4470 Trawsfynydd - Cwmprysor Merionethshire It was reported in the Liverpool Daily Post of 30 April 1964 that the road from Trawsfynydd to the B4391 junction had been "brought into use this week". At the western end it is possible that the 0.8 mile lane to the north was initially used to access the village, pending the Trawsfynydd Bypass opening on 21 October 1964. The Wales 1964 Report stated that it was complete (at the year end) apart from final surfacing. The road improvements and new sections between Trawsfynydd and Bala were financed by Liverpool Corporation (up to a £300,000 ceiling) as a replacement transport connection instead of diverting the Trawsfynydd to Bala railway line that was submerged by the construction of Llyn Celyn Reservoir. Later renumbered A4212.
1964 B5064 Ditherington - Monkmoor Link Road (Shrewsbury) Shropshire The 0.75 mile road from Heathgates Roundabout, Ditherington to Monkmoor Road was opened on 25 June 1964 by Princess Mary, Princess Royal (she had also opened the Southern Bypass in 1933). It included a bridge over River Severn. Monkmoor Road was used to complete the bypass for A49 North - South traffic. Cost £450,000. Telford Way was later renumbered A5112 and Woodcote Way later became unclassified.
1964 B6247 Padiham: Barrowford Road Lancashire The 0.6 mile road from A671 Whalley Road to Slade Lane was opened by July 1964 per OS Quarter inch map and shown as unclassified. Not shown on the October 1962 map. It may have opened in 1963. There were further straightenings north-eastwards on the 1.8 mile to Higham which had been completed by the May 1966 OS Quarter inch map. Later renumbered A6068.
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. It included 2 flood relief viaducts, 21 bridges and climbed to over 700 feet through Charnwood Forest. Contractor was Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd., cost £6.5 million.
1965 M4 Chiswick - Langley, Slough Middlesex • Buckinghamshire The 11 mile eastward extension from J1 to J5 was opened on 24 March 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It included the Heathrow Airport Spur and incorporated the previously built Chiswick Flyover. The dual two lane Chiswick viaduct at almost 2 miles was the longest viaduct in Europe. It also had the longest stretch of heated road in Britain and 200 miles of cables were used in the heating panels. For the first time it was necessary to impose a speed limit on a motorway due to the winding section between Chiswick and Boston Manor Road - 40mph for just over a mile west of Chiswick flyover then 50mph for the next 1.5 miles where the road became three lanes. Contractors were Richard Costain (Civil Engineering) Ltd. and Higgs and Hill Ltd. for Boston Manor to and including the Heathrow Spur; Holland, Hannen and Cubitts onwards to Langley. Cost £19 million.
1965 M5 Quinton - Lydiate Ash Worcestershire The 6 mile section from J3 to J4 was opened on 19 November 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. Cost £4.5 million. The A456 link roads connecting to J3 were opened on the same day.
1965 M6 Preston to Lancaster Lancashire The 13.5 mile section from J32 Broughton Interchange to J33 Hampson Green connected the Preston and Lancaster Bypasses and was opened on 29 January 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It increased the continuous length of the M6 to 111 miles. Broughton Interchange was the first three-level interchange to be completed on a British motorway. The other outstanding feature was the restaurant and roof terrace atop the tower at Forton Services, the top being 100 feet high. 44 bridges were constructed of which none were identical. The road surface was concrete. Tender cost was £9.5 million and full cost was expected to be over £11 million.
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 A1(M) Darlington Bypass Yorkshire • Durham The 10.5 miles from Barton to Aycliffe opened on 14 May 1965.
1965 A66(M) Darlington Spur Yorkshire The entire motorway from A1(M) J57 to Blackwell opened on 14 May 1965.
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 A12 Hatfield Peverel Bypass Essex Shown on February 1966 OS Quarter inch map. Was under construction on June 1965 OS One inch map.
1965 A149 King's Lynn Eastern Bypass Norfolk The 6 miles from Babingley to Hardwick Roundabout was fully opened on 7 December 1965 by F.H. Easton, Chairman of the County Council Highways Committee. The 1.5 mile Castle Rising Bypass section from Babingley to Knights Hill Roundabout had opened on 20 August 1965. Carriageway was 33 foot S3 with 12 foot verges and 4 foot hard strip. Contractor was A. Monk and Co. Ltd., tender value £725,257.
1965 A1079 Wilberfoss Bypass Yorkshire The contract completion scheduled date was July 1965 per Hansard of 19 January 1965. Tender Price £103,949. The 0.95 mile bypass was shown on the March 1966 OS Quarter inch map.
1965 A27 Havant Bypass Hampshire The dual carriageway from Bedhampton Roundabout to Warblington Interchange was opened on 12 November 1965 by Lord Lingren, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. Cost £1.6 million. The short link at the western end was later renumbered A2030.
1965 A34 Newcastle-under-Lyme Bypass Staffordshire The 0.7 mile dual carriageway from Endersley Street to London Road was opened on 30 July 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It included a sunken pedestrian precinct with subways at Grosvenor Roundabout, a design brought back from Lyon, France by the Newcastle Borough Engineer, J.W. Tonge. Contractor was Percy Bilton Ltd., cost £700,000. Part of a scheme to upgrade 5 miles of A34.
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. Renumbered A339 when Newbury Bypass opened in 1998.
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 A350 Lacock and Notton Bypass Wiltshire The 1.5 mile road from just north of Mons Lane, Notton to Melksham Road, south of Lacock, was opened on 9 April 1965 by S.V. Christie Miller, County Council Chairman. Cost £130,000.
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 A41 Tong Bypass Shropshire The 0.4 mile road had opened by 27 August 1965.
1965 A47 Wansford Northern Bypass Northamptonshire The flyover over A1 was fully opened on 15 February 1965, the eastbound lane had opened on 22 January 1965. This completed the 1.25 mile bypass, the roads either side of the bridge having been in use by September 1964 for the diversions when the bridge beams were put in place. A single 24 foot carriageway, apart from bridge and approaches which had dual 24 foot carriageways and a 28 foot central reservation to allow for turning traffic at the slip roads. The bridge had a central pre-stressed span of 96 feet and end spans of 45 feet in reinforced concrete. Its design had been approved by the Royal Fine Art Commission. Contractor was Cementation Company Ltd., tender price £249,885.
1965 A48 Carmarthen Diversion Carmarthenshire Section B: Coracle Way. The 0.17 mile bypass of The Quay was opened on 1 January 1965 per the Wales 1965 Report. Later renumbered A4212.
1965 A48 Cowbridge Bypass Glamorgan The 2.5 mile road was opened on 27 September 1965 by Councillor and Mrs Glyn McNeil, Mayor and Mayoress of Cowbridge. It had 24 foot dual carriageways within an 88 foot width, and a 15 span 1,500 foot long viaduct over the Thaw valley at a height of between 20 and 45 feet. Contractor was Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons (South Wales) Ltd., cost £1.4 million.
1965 A48 Cardiff: Newport Road Improvement Glamorgan The reconstruction to D3 dual carriageway of the 0.46 mile between Fitzalan Place and Piercefield Place was completed in 1965 per the Wales 1965 Report. Cost £240,000. Later renumbered A4161.
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 A456 Quinton Interchange Link Roads Worcestershire The 2 mile dual carriageway connecting Quinton and the Halesowen Bypass extension (from the current B4043 Manor Lane) to M5 Junction 3 was opened on 19 November 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It had dual 24 foot carriageways, a 15 foot wide central reservation and included an underpass at Hagley Road West.
1965 A465 Dowlais Top - Rhymney Bridge (Llechryd) Glamorgan The 1.8 mile road was opened in December 1965 per the Wales 1965 Report.
1965 A470 Cardiff: Cathays Park Road Extension Glamorgan The eastwards extension of Cathays Park Road to Dumfries Place was completed in 1965 per the Wales 1965 Report. It formed a continuous route for eastbound traffic in connection with the introduction of a one-way system in the City. It would appear to be Stuttgater Strasse. It is unclear from the OS One inch map if this was as spur of A470. Cost £57,500. Later renumbered A4161.
1965 A494 Ewloe Bypass Flintshire The 1.3 mile dual carriageway from the end of the Queensferry Bypass (adjacent to Dee View) to a new large roundabout just south of Ewloe, with connecting roads, was opened on 3 June 1965. One new carriageway at Aston Hill had opened in February 1965. 24 foot wide carriageways, with two 8 foot verges and one 6 foot footpath. Contractor was Broderick and Ryan Ltd., forecast cost £450,000.
1965 A4042 Croesyceiliog Diversion Monmouthshire The 1.75 mile dual carriageway bypass was opened in May 1965 per the Wales 1965 Report.
1965 A560 Stockport Town Centre Bypass Lancashire Great Egerton Street (western extension). The 0.3 mile dual carriageway from Heaton Lane (then traffic lights) to Port Street was opened on 13 September 1965. Cost £250,000. It has since been downgraded to single carriageway.
1965 A595 Bolton Low Houses Bypass Cumberland Shown on OS Quarter inch map revised March 1966 but not on the January 1965 OS One inch map. Opened between those dates.
1965 A604 Linton Bypass Cambridgeshire • Essex The 1.5 mile road opened on 25 May 1965. The £78,000 contract was awarded to Roadworks Ltd. of Ipswich in October 1963. 24 foot carriageway. Later renumbered as A1307.
1965 A614 Nottingham Outer Ring Road Nottinghamshire 6th section. Clifton Boulevard, southern extension: from the current A6005 Beeston Road at Dunkirk to the A606 Melton Road at Edwalton. It incorporated Clifton Bridge of which the western span single carriageway bridge had been opened on 5th June 1958 by Princess Alexander to provide a river crossing from the B679 at Clifton onto Queens Drive into the City Centre. Only 1/2 mile, north of the bridge, was dual carriageway. A second parallel bridge to the east of the first bridge was added in 1972 to make a dual carriageway crossing. Later renumbered A52.
1965 A6030 Leicester Outer Ring Road Leicestershire Wakerley Road Extension (Evington Lane) north to Broad Avenue, Crown Hills was reported as expected to open soon by the Leicester Daily Mercury of 8 January 1965. A letter about the traffic appeared in the 29 March 1966 edition. Note that it was not included on the OS One inch map interim revision of February 1967. Half the road was constructed with an experimental air en-trained concrete (" foam" concrete) which was laid so it contained minute air bubbles. It was said to need less compacting, required less water and was stronger. The lower water content and the bubbles acted as insulation to withstand severe frosts. It may have been opened as a "B" road per the OS Quarter inch map of July 1968.
1965 A74 Parkhead (south of Millbank) - Nether Abington Lanarkshire The 5.9 mile online and offline dual carriageway from Parkhead (1.7 miles south of Millbank) to Nether Abington (0.4 mile north of Abington Interchange) was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report. 4 miles had been completed in 1964. Online and offline. Contractor was J. Anderson & King Ltd., tender price £1.26 million. Total cost £1.45 million. Duneaton was listed in the documentation at the southern end but maps indicate that the works went further south to Nether Abington. Renumbered as B7078 as part of the M74 scheme and reconstructed as single carriageway in 1991.
1965 A74 Hectors Bridge - Nether Howcleuch Lanarkshire • Dumfriesshire The 2.2 mile mostly offline dual carriageway from Hectors Bridge to 0.5 mile south of the County Boundary was opened on 26 March 1965 by J. Dickson Mabon, Joint Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Scotland. It included the section over Beattock Summit at 1,036 feet and a split carriageway section just south since it would have been difficult to have included both carriageways in the narrow Evan Water valley alongside the adjacent railway. The old road was reconstructed for the southbound carriageway. 24 foot carriageways. Contractor was Murdoch Mackenzie Ltd., tender price £1.01 million. Renumbered as B7076 as part of the A74(M) scheme and reconstructed as single carriageway in 1999.
1965 A80 Cumbernauld (west of) - Castlecary Dunbartonshire • Stirlingshire The 3.4 mile dual carriageway was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report. From the distance it would appear to have started from the east end of the online dualling section. Contractor was Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd., tender price £1.38 million (although listed as 2.65 miles). Later became part of M80.
1965 A83 Clachan Diversion Argyll The road between Loch an Duill (Loch nan Gad on OS map) and Clachan was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report. A 3.25 mile scheme including the online reconstruction south-westwards to Ronachan.
1965 A85 Inchture Bypass Perthshire The 4.5 mile dual carriageway between North Inchmichael and Longforgan was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £0.9 million. Part was online dualling. Later renumbered to A90 in 1994.
1965 A859 Harris: Bays Road to Luskentyre junction Inverness-shire The 2.95 mile reconstruction scheme was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report. With the Bays of Harris being on the east coast it would appear to be the new build section running south-east from Luskentyre on the north side of the Laxdale River to the northern junction of the C79 Golden road which is shown on the 1970 OS One inch map.
1965 A861 Clovulin and Sallachan Diversions Argyll Part of the 3.73 mile Keil to Sallachan reconstruction scheme which was completed in 1965 per the 1965 Scottish Development Department Report.
1965 A876 Bonnybridge and Larbert Bypass Stirlingshire The 3.75 mile 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 £1.4 million. It was upgraded to M876 on 22 May 1974.
1965 A94 Glamis Bypass Angus Shown on the 1966 OS Route Planning map but not on the 1965 edition. 1.1 mile.
1965 B425 Solihull: Lode Lane Link Road Warwickshire The road from Station Road, across Warwick Road, to Lode Lane was opened on 7 May 1965. There were 14 sets of traffic lights along the route.
1965 - Banbury Inner Ring Road Oxfordshire The last link, Queensway, was reported as opened "this week" by the Banbury Guardian of 11 February 1965. Queensway was dual carriageway, as was Woodgreen Avenue but dualling to the north was shortly to be planned. Orchard Way and Ruscote Avenue provided the connection northwards to Southam Road. Note that they were not shown on the 1964 OS One inch map, although it was not a full revision.
1965 - Southport: Coastal Road Lancashire Stage 1: The 1.5 mile southernmost section between A565 Liverpool Road and Shore Road, Ainsdale was opened on 29 July 1965 by Harold Barber, Mayor of Southport. Cost £45,000. The road was constructed on the line of the former Cheshire Lines Committee railway that the Corporation took over in 1953.
1966 M1 Kegworth - Sandiacre Leicestershire • Derbyshire 5.25 mile extension from J24 to J25 opened 25 May 1966. The bridge over the River Trent (126 feet navigable channel width) and 1.5 miles of viaducts across the flood plain cost £600,000. The Trent Bridge was a cantelever and suspended span structure in reinforced concrete with a total length of 498 feet. Scheme cost £4.25 million. Contractors were Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd. south of the Trent, Brims and Co. Ltd. for Trent bridge and viaducts, and George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. for north of the Trent.
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 Hambrook, Bristol - Aust Gloucestershire The 7.5 mile section from J19 to the then J21 (later renumbered J1 of M48) was opened to traffic on 9 September 1966 along with Severn Bridge and the Hambrook Spur (the then temporary eastern terminus of M4). Almondsbury Interchange had also been constructed and the M4 through the interchange and connecting roads to A38 Almondsbury Roundabout and the short southbound section of M5 were opened.
1966 M4 Severn Bridge & Wye Bridge Gloucestershire • Monmouthshire The 2.8 miles from the then J21 (now J1 of M48) Aust to J22 (now J2 of M48) Newhouse, Chepstow was opened on 8 September 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II and to traffic on 9 September 1966 (along with the eastwards section to Hambrook, Bristol). Severn Bridge was the 7th longest in the world and 3rd in Europe when built and Wye Bridge had the 5th longest span in Britain. Renumbered M48 in 1996.
1966 M4 Hambrook Spur Gloucestershire The 0.6 mile spur from J19 Hambrook Interchange to Frenchay Interchange at Hambrook (now J1 of M32) provided the only eastern access to M4 when the Hambrook to Chepstow section opened on 9 September 1966 (the M4 was extended eastwards from Hambrook Interchange on 16 December 1966). The spur became the northern section of M32 when it was extended towards Bristol in 1970.
1966 M4 Tormarton - Hambrook, Bristol Gloucestershire The 7.75 mile eastwards extension from J18 to J19 was opened on 16 December 1966 by Stephen Swingler, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Transport. In his speech he said that there was no reason why a motorway had to be an ugly thing. He was sure that when the M4 was completed between Bristol and London it would be a thing of beauty and a pleasure to drive on. Joint contractors were Sir Alfred McAlpine and Son Ltd. and Leonard Fairclough Ltd., tender price £5.25 million.
1966 M5 Almondsbury Interchange - Almondsbury Roundabout Gloucestershire The slip roads between J15 (J20 of M4) and J16 were opened on 9 September 1966.
1966 M6 Laney Green (Shareshill) - Dunston Staffordshire The 8.25 mile southward extension between J11 to J13 was opened on 14 March 1966. A previous notice in The Gazette with an opening date of 28 February 1966 had been superceded, the later opening date being due to bad weather delays. Cost was £5.5 million.
1966 M6 Bentley (Darlaston) - Laney Green (Shareshill) Staffordshire The 5.5 mile southward extension between J10 to J11 was opened on 15 September 1966. It was reported that the road had been constructed for a further mile southwards ending before the Wednesbury Road where a bridge was required. A temporary line of rubber cones formed the barrier to stop motorists carrying on towards Darlaston. Inspector Brazier explained "if motorists do miss the turn off and hit the cones they do not cause any damage to themselves and the motorist knows they have gone to far and has to turn back"! Tender cost was £5 million and special problems included 78 abandoned mine shafts and other shallow workings necessitating a semi-flexible road surface and filling in beneath the foundations of 20 of the bridges.
1966 M74 Hamilton - Blackwood Lanarkshire Hamilton Bypass Stage 1: The 9 miles from J4 Hamilton Interchange (now J6) to the former J1 Canderwater Interchange (Tanhill Road / Draffan Road, north end of Blackwood Bypass) was opened on 2 December 1966 by William Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland. Contract value £8.25 million.
1966 A48(M) Port Talbot Bypass Glamorgan The 4.4 mile motorway from Groes Roundabout to Baglan Roundabout was fully opened on 22 July 1966 by Cledwyn Hughes, Secretary of State for Wales. The 1.5 mile westbound carriageway from Pentyla to Baglan Roundabout had opened in December 1965 and was the first motorway in Wales. Eastbound traffic still used existing roads. Contractor was A.E. Farr Ltd. and cost £5 million. Also described as the first wholly urban motorway in Britain, it included a 1,300 yard elevated section. Later became part of M4.
1966 A1 Carlton-on-Trent – North Muskham Nottinghamshire The 2.75 mile dual carriageway from south of Carlton to the Newark Bypass was opened on 11 January 1966. It was online either side of the new 1 mile Cromwell Bypass. It was the first UK concrete road produced using a slip form paver. The 33 foot long American machine, costing £70,000, was used experimentally to lay the carriageways before moving on to work on the Tuxford section. It worked with 3 other smaller pieces of machinery of British design and replaced the former method of a 250 foot long concrete laying train of several machines. Carriageways were 24 foot wide on the 26 foot wide and 10 inch depth of concrete. Contractor was Robert McGregor & Son Ltd., cost £0.75 million.
1966 A1 Ranby - Blyth Nottinghamshire Dualling
1966 A12 Stratford St Mary Bypass Essex • Suffolk The 2 mile dual carriageway opened on 5 August 1966.
1966 A16 Boston: Haven Bridge Lincolnshire Boston Inner Relief road: Stage 1. The town's third crossing of River Witham to provide a link from the south and east to South Street (to bypass Town Bridge) was opened in July 1966 per a 40th Anniversary online article by Lincolnshireworld. The scheduled opening had been for June 1966 per Hansard. Contractor was Thomas Fletcher and Co. Ltd. of Mansfield, tender price £214,060. Queen Street and Liquorpond Street were improved and diverted, cost £80,383. The reinforced concrete bridge had a 94 foot span and 76 foot width. It had 3 westbound lanes and 2 eastbound. Haven Bridge was widened in July 1973 and became part of the Boston Inner Relief Road which opened in 1978. Later a multiplex with A52.
1966 A130 Great Baddow Bypass Essex Shown on the November 1966 OS Route Planning map but not on the February 1966 OS Quarter inch map.
1966 A20 Swanley Bypass Kent The 2.7 mile dual carriageway opened on 30 June 1966. Width was 120 feet with dual 36 foot carriageways, marginal strips, verges and a 13 foot central reservation. Cost £2 million. 0.4 mile at the eastern end later became part of M20.
1966 A21 Sevenoaks Bypass Kent Section 1 from Polhill (the northern junction) to the junction at Morant's Court Road was opened on 4 August 1966. The 1967 OS Route Planning map (revised November 1966) shows an extension to A25 Westerham Road.
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 A332, A355, A308 Windsor and Eton Relief Road Buckinghamshire • Berkshire The 3 mile dual carriageway from Slough Road to Alma Road, and link to M4 J6, opened on 11 July 1966. It had 8 bridges, 2 grade separated junctions, 3 subways and 3 roundabouts. Cost £4.5 million. Queen Elizabeth Bridge, over the River Thames, was 461 foot long and had 3 spans with a central span of 175 feet. Width was 82 feet. Contractor was Higgs and Hill, London, cost £328,000.
1966 A3093 Andover Ring Road Hampshire Churchill Way from Enham Arch Roundabout (A343) to Picket Twenty Interchange (A303). 1.8 miles. Shown on September 1966 OS One inch map. Not on 1966 (revised 1965) OS Route Planning Map. It may have opened in 1965.
1966 A4 Keynsham Bypass Somerset The 2.25 mile dual carriageway was opened on 26 July 1966 by Paul Dean, MP for North Somerset. Cost £1 million.
1966 A45 Woolpit Bypass Suffolk The 1.5 mile road from The Black Bourn bridge (west end of The Street) to Old Stowmarket Road was opened on 6 January 1966. 24 foot carriageway with 18 foot verges to allow for future conversion to dual carriageway. Constructed by West Suffolk County Council and within the £106,000 price. The eastern section was later upgraded and renumbered A14. Other parts became unclassified or abandoned due to later re-alignment at the western end.
1966 A49 Hereford Inner Relief Road Herefordshire Stage 1: Greyfriars Bridge was completed in October 1966 but the official opening was delayed to allow refacing after vandals poured black paint over the white side facings of the bridge. The official opening was on 19 January 1967 by Peter Carter, Mayor. It was a prestressed concrete bridge with a 200 foot span. The dual carriageway section of the North-South Relief Road was from St Nicholas Street to Belmont Roundabout (A465) Contractor was Cementation Construction Ltd.
1966 A417 Barnwood and Hucclecote Bypass Gloucestershire The 2.5 mile dual carriageway from Wall's Roundabout to Hucclecote Road was opened on 19 February 1966, without ceremony. Cost £0.5 million. The section east of Zoons Court Roundabout later became unclassified.
1966 A449 Hartlebury Bypass Worcestershire The 1.1 mile dual carriageway had opened by February 1966. The contract was awarded in January 1965. Contractor was Droitwich Construction Co. Ltd., tender price £245,112.
1966 A449 Bastonford Bypass Worcestershire Work on the construction of the 0.7 mile road started in 1965 and was due to be completed in Summer 1966. Contractor was Peter Lind and Co. Ltd. and cost £250,000.
1966 A465 Rhymney Bridge (Llechryd) - Beaufort Brecknockshire • Glamorgan The 4 mile road was opened on 26 September 1966 by Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Wales. Tredegar Bypass. It was the final section of the 24.5 mile "Heads of the Valleys road" between Hirwaun and Abergavenny. The alignment of the closed Dowlais to Abergavenny railway line was used for this section and westwards to Dowlais. The eastern mile of the road was later renumbered A4281.
1966 A466 Chepstow: Wye Valley Link Road Monmouthshire The link from A48 Highbeech Roundabout to Newhouse Interchange (then M4 J22) was opened to traffic on 9 September 1966 along with the Severn Bridge. It had been completed in 1964 per the Wales 1964 Report.
1966 A473 Bridgend Inner Bypass Glamorgan Llangenau Strasse. Dual carriageway from Park Street to Heol Bont Faen. Traffic problems were reported in the 6 January 1967 Glamorgan Gazette, so it had been opened earlier. It included a new bridge over the Ogmore River which was still under construction at 14 January 1966.
1966 A4114 Allesley Bypass Warwickshire Pickford Way. The 0.7 mile road from the Holyhead Road/ Allesley Old Road junction to a new GSJ on A45 Coventry Bypass was opened on 3 October 1966. It had dual 24 foot carriageways and a 50 foot central reservation containing the culverted Pickford Brook after which the road was named. It included an unclassified link (Rye Hill) from the GSJ to the village and the previous westerly A45 Windmill Hill roundabout was closed. Contractor was Turriff Construction (Warwick) Ltd., cost £668,000.
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 A562 Halewood - Widnes Lancashire Route 7. The 3 mile dual carriageway from Higher Road, Halewood to Ditton Roundabout.Widnes was opened on 9 February 1966 by C.W. Doodson, Chairman of the County Highways and Bridges Committee. The road diverged at the Halewood end to A562 Higher Road and also A561 Speke Boulevard. Forecast cost was £2.1 million but savings were expected from the use of 250,000 tons of chemical waste in its construction (known as galligoo), removing some of the ugly waste heaps around Widnes. Ditton Roundabout had been enlarged to a diameter of 450 feet to make it one of the biggest of Europe, after Haydock Island. Moor Lane South from the roundabout was planned to be built at a cost of £88,000.
1966 A5268 Chester Inner Ring Road Cheshire Stage 2: St Martin's Way and Nicholas Street. The Western section from A483 Grosvenor Roundabout to A5116 Fountains Roundabout was opened on 22 April 1966 by Barbara Castle, Minister of Transport. 0.85 mile dual carriageway. It contraversially cut through the City Walls, with a replacement concrete arch on St Martin's Way. The northern section was an elevated viaduct, 900 feet in length. Cost £1.4 million. Stage 1, the Southern section from A483 Grosvenor Roundabout to A51 The Bars (0.6 mile), had opened the previous year. This was an upgrade of existing streets, but still single carriageway, cost £227,000.
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 A635 Manchester Lancashire Mancunian Way ground-level section, D2 all-purpose from a flat roundabout with the A6 to another with the existing A635 Fairfield Street
1966 A689 Greatham Bypass Durham Shown on the May 1966 OS One inch map. Not on March 1966 OS Quarter inch map. Work had started after the inauguration by Ernest Marples, Minister for Transport, on 3 September 1964. It may have been completed in 1965. It was the first road construction with a grant following the Hailsham Report on the North-east.
1966 A71 Cander Bridge Diversion Lanarkshire The 0.68 mile diversion between Stonehouse and Canderwater Interchange was opened on 29 April 1966 by John McEwen, Member of the County Council, per the bridge opening plaque. The new reinforced concrete bridge had a main span of 126 feet with a 33 foot carriageway. The approach roads had a 24 feet carriageway with provision to widen the northern approach to 33 feet later. Forecast cost was £220,000.
1966 A74 Nether Howcleugh - Beattock Dumfriesshire The 5.75 mile online dual carriageway from 0.5 mile south of Dumfries County Boundary to north of Beattock village was opened in November 1966 per the 1966 Scottish Development Department Report. 87 foot width with 24 foot carriageways. Reconstructed as A74(M) in 1999.
1966 A87 Eas-nan-Arm Bridge Diversion Ross-shire Completed in 1966 per the 1966 Scottish Development Department Report. Part of a 4.5 mile improvement scheme (Kyle of Lochalsh to Cluanie 2nd section).
1966 A861 Lochailort - Kinlochmoidart Inverness-shire The 12.5 mile road across the Moidart Peninsula was to be opened on 29 July 1966 by E.G. Willis, Minister of State. It connected the A830 to the former B850 and provided Glenuig with a direct road link for the first time. It was the second road built under the Highland New Roads Programme.
1966 A92
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Tay Road Bridge and approach roads Fife • Angus The 7,365 foot (1.4 mile) 42 span bridge from Newport on Tay to Dundee was opened on 18 August 1966 by the Queen Mother. 22 foot dual carriageways with 10 foot central reservation for pedestrians (which came into use on 22 October 1966). Gradient was 1 in 81. There were 3.6 miles of approach roads in Fife from B946 at Sandford Hill and 0.75 mile in Dundee. Dual carriageway from Forgan Roundabout to the bridge. Contractor was Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd. of Muir of Ord, cost £6.5 million. The ferry's final sailings were on the same day.
1966 A923 Dundee Inner Ring Road Angus Section 1 - the 0.24 mile section between Nethergate and South Ward Road was completed in 1966 per the 1966 Scottish Development Department Report. Later renumbered A991.
1966 B752 Ardeer Access Road Ayrshire The 0.78 mile road from Kilwinning Road (A738) to Lundholm Road (near the golf clubhouse) was an eastern bypass of Stevenston for the Ardeer factory traffic. It was opened by John Holm, Chairman of I.C.I. Nobel Division, "last Thursday" per the Irvine Herald of Friday, 20 May 1966. It had been open for abnormal loads from 26 March 1966. Contractor for bridgeworks and the road south of the bridge was Shanks and McEwen Ltd. of Glasgow. North of the railway bridge was constructed by County Council Direct Labour. Cost £150,000, partly funded by I.C.I. Nobel Division. It is incorrectly shown as B952 on the 1972 OS One inch map.
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 - Wadworth Yorkshire The section from M1 J32 to M18 J2 (A1(M) Doncaster Bypass) opened on 21 December 1967.
1967 M4 Newhouse, Chepstow - Coldra, Newport Monmouthshire The 12 miles from J22 (now J2 of M48) to J24 opened on 22 March 1967 per The Gazette. Contractor was Sir Lindsay Parkinson and Co. Ltd. between Crick and Coldra, tender price £4,276,619. The section east of Rogiet Interchange (J23a) was renumbered to M48 upon the opening of the Second Severn Crossing.
1967 M4 Newport Bypass Monmouthshire The 7 mile section from J24 Coldra Interchange to J28 Tredegar Park Interchange was fully opened on 5 May 1967. The section from J26 Malpas Interchange to J28 Tredegar Park Interchange had opened earlier on 24 February 1967 per the Cymru : Wales 1967 Report. Contractor was Sir Lindsay Parkinson and Co. Ltd., tender price £5,552,515. Total cost was £9 million. It included the 1,100 feet twin Brynglas Tunnels (also known as Crindau Tunnels), the opening of which had been delayed for 2 years due to ground subsidence which added £1 million to the cost. The normal borehole investigations did not detect the geological faults found during tunnelling.
1967 M8 Shotts Interchange - Newhouse Lanarkshire The 5.88 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 £3.4 million.
1967 M40 Handy Cross, High Wycombe - Stokenchurch Buckinghamshire • Oxfordshire First section of M40 - High Wycombe Bypass (west part). The 8 miles from J4 to J5 opened on 21 June 1967. Cost £4.75 million.
1967 A1(M) Baldock Bypass Hertfordshire • Bedfordshire This second section of A1(M) in Hertfordshire extended the A1(M) north from the Stevenage Bypass. The 6.5 mile motorway opened in two sections. Junctions 8 to 9 Letchworth Gate opened on 15 June 1967. Junctions 9 to 10 Stotfold opened on 23 August 1967. This joined the A1 dual carriageway section northwards. Cost £3.5 million.
1967 A1(M) Aycliffe - Bradbury Durham The 5 mile motorway from the present J59 to J60 opened on 12 October 1967.
1967 A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road: Westgate to Woodhouse Lane Interchange Yorkshire The 0.7 mile first section of Leeds Inner Ring Road Motorway was opened on 14 January 1967 by J.S. Walsh, Lord Mayor of Leeds, per the Yorkshire Post of 18 June 2019 (Derby Evening Telegraph reported on 20 January 1967 that it had been opened). Note that the Gazette notice gave a date of 14 December 1969. It was mostly sunken which required 4,800 feet of mass and reinforced concrete walls and had 1,200 yard twin tunnels over which the university - hospital development would be built. The Westgate Junction was a roundabout. Contractor was Lehane, Mackenzie and Shand Ltd. of Matlock.
1967 A57 Hulme - Ardwick, Manchester Lancashire Mancunian Way elevated section, D2/D3 from A56 to A6, opened on 20 March 1967, initially as all-purpose A57 as the City Council's first application to make it a motorway was turned down by MoT. Official opening by Prime Minister Harold Wilson on 5th May. Became motorway A57(M) some time later (apparently summer 1971) but retained original green direction signs (including internally illuminated gantry signs) for many years, presumably to save the cost of replacing them.
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 Bypass Yorkshire This one mile scheme was to dual the existing 1931 bypass and extend it to join the dual carriageway sections either side. It included a new bridge over the River Aire. The contract was awarded in 1964 to Martin Cowley Ltd. Renumbered as A162 when bypassed by A1(M) in 2006
1967 A12 Kelvedon Bypass Essex Described as due to open in 1967 by the 7 January 1967 Illustrated London News. Note, however, it was shown on the November 1966 OS Route Planner map so may have opened in 1966. Not on February 1966 OS Quarter inch map.
1967 A102 London: Blackwall Tunnel Middlesex • Kent The second tunnel, 230 yards east of the old one built in 1897, was opened on 2 August 1967 by Desmond Plummer, GLC Leader. Cost £8 million. The original tunnel was then closed for a period for widening and improvement. When re-opened, the original tunnel carried northbound traffic and the new tunnel the southbound traffic.
1967 A108 Tyne Tunnel, Jarrow - North Shields Northumberland • Durham Included Northern approach road from A1058 Coast Road. Southern exit was a roundabout connecting to A185 Staker Street. Renumbered to A1 between 1977 and 1990, then A19
1967 A21 Sevenoaks Bypass Kent An extension southwards to a temporary junction with Gracious Lane opened on 16 January 1967. It was for northbound traffic only. A section south of here had to be rebuilt on a different alignment owing to landslips because of the slippery clay sub-soil. "The Builder" reported that advice at the planning stage from local farmers was ignored and the piers of the Hubbards Hill Bridge were at 5 to 10 degrees from vertical within a few weeks. The diversion was to cost an extra £1.2 million. To compound matters the new Morants Court bridge was having to be partially rebuilt owing to porous pockets in the concrete caused by a breakdown in the pouring of concrete one night.
1967 A38 Burton upon Trent Bypass Staffordshire The 5.25 mile dual carriageway from Clay Mills (Stretton) to Branston Interchange was opened on 20 June 1967 by Stephen Swingler, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. Cost £2.25 million.
1967 A358 Bishops Lydeard Bypass Somerset The 1.25 mile road was opened on 27 February 1967, without ceremony. Cost £99,800.
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 A40 Monmouth Bypass: Dixton Extension Monmouthshire The 0.9 mile long dual carriageway from Dixton Church to Wyebridge Street was opened on 4 February 1967 per the Cymru : Wales 1967 Report. It included a 160 foot wide, 12 foot high causeway of 325,000 tons of rock across the River Wye flood meadows. Contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering, cost £572,000.
1967 A40 Mitchell Troy and Gibraltar Diversion Monmouthshire The 2.7 mile dual carriageway from Monmouth Bypass to 0.5 mile west of Mitchel Troy was opened on 30 June 1967 by Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, per the Cymru : Wales 1967 Report. It included the twin Gibraltar Tunnels under Gibraltar Hill and the upgrade of the previous single carriageway bypass of Monmouth of 1942 between Cinderhill Street to Wyebridge Street. Contractor was Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. Ltd., tender price £2 million.
1967 A44 Bromyard Bypass Herefordshire New Road to Sherford Street. Shown on July 1968 OS Quarter inch map. Not on July 1967 edition. It may have opened in 1968.
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, contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd.. The western half of the Banbury Spur was taken for the M40, the eastern half being renumbered A452.
1967 A414 Hertford Inner Relief Road Hertfordshire The dual carriageway opened in November 1967 per Our Hertford and Ware website. It is mentioned in an 8 March 1968 article in Herts and Essex Observer.
1967 A420 Marshfield Bypass Gloucestershire An accident on the bypass was reported by the Western Daily Press of 26 July 1967. Tenders had been invited in June 1966. Note that the OS Quarter inch map continued to show it as under construction to as late as the May 1972 map.
1967 A456 Kidderminster Inner Ring Road Worcestershire Stage 1 – St. Mary’s Ringway and St. George’s Ringway between Mill Street and Coventry Street. Opened on 12 May 1967 by Sir Tatton Brinton, MP for Kidderminster. Undercarriageway electrical heating was installed on the gradients to keep them clear of snow and ice in winter. Cost £435,000.
1967 A473 Coychurch Bypass Glamorgan Opened to traffic on 1 July 1967 per the Cymru : Wales 1967 Report.
1967 A52 Bridge End Bypass Lincolnshire Shown on 1968 OS Quarter inch map. Not on 1967 edition. There were roadwork reports (in the Grantham Journal and Spalding Guardian) for the junction between June and August 1967.
1967 A56 Daresbury Bypass Cheshire The 1.3 mile dual carriageway was expected to open in July 1967 per the Liverpool Echo of 3 March 1967. It had opened by 7 September 1967. Cost £340,000.
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 A73 Cumbernauld South-western Bypass Dunbartonshire • Lanarkshire Known then as Luggiebank Bypass. The 2.87 mile dual carriageway from Auchenkilns Junction (east of Condorrat, then a roundabout with A80) to north of Riggend was opened on 19 June 1967. Cost £1.5 million.
1967 A74 Ecclefechan Bypass and to Kirkpatrick Fleming Dumfriesshire The 5.5 mile offline bypass and online dualling was opened in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Work was expected to be completed in Spring 1967 per the Wishaw Press of 9 December 1966. Offline bypass and online dualling. Cost £1.5 million. Reconstructed to A74(M) and single carriageway B7076 parts in 1995.
1967 A737 Paisley Road West dualling Lanarkshire The 0.9 mile online dualling was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. From the OS One inch maps of 1965 and 1968 it would appear to be the section between Newtyle Road and Killearn Drive, Ralston although this is Glasgow Road. Later renumbered A761.
1967 A739 Clyde Tunnel Southern Approach Roads Lanarkshire Officially opened on 30 November 1967 by the Lord Provost per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Contractor was Melville, Dundas and Whitson, tender price £982,186, forecast cost £1.6 million.
1967 A776 East Kilbride Expressway Lanarkshire Section 1: the 2 mile dual carriageway from Whirlies Roundabout, East Kilbride to Stoneymeadow Road / Hamilton Road, west of High Blantyre was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Later renumbered A725 with a short stretch at the eastern end B7012.
1967 A8 Port Glasgow Relief Road Renfrewshire The 0.85 mile dual carriageway from Scarlow Street to Fyfepark Road was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Online east of Bay Street. The short section under the railway bridge later became part of A761 and that on Glasgow Road became unclassified.
1967 A83 Whitehouse Diversion Argyll Completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Part of a 4 mile reconstruction scheme between Redhouse (B8001, Kennacraig) and Loch nan Duill (Loch nan Gad on OS maps), north end of Clachan Diversion.
1967 A89 Baillieston - Coatbridge Lanarkshire The 1.5 mile online dualling was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. From the distance it would be part of the dualling on the road which first appeared on the 1969 OS Quarter inch map.
1967 A814 Faslane Diversion Dunbartonshire The 2 mile road from the current B872 junction to north of Shandon was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report.
1967 A828 Barcaldine Diversions Argyll Completed at the end of 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Part of a 3 mile improvement scheme.
1967 A850 Luib Diversion Inverness-shire Completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Part of a 4.64 mile reconstruction scheme between Loch Ainort and Strollamus, Isle of Skye. Later renumbered A87.
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.
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B8039
Cumbernauld: Langlands - Seafar Interchange Dunbartonshire • Lanarkshire The intersection was due to be opened on 12 September 1967. Contractor was R.J.M. McLeod (Contractors) Ltd. cost £600,000. It included a short section of B8039 dual carriageway south to the future Jane's Brae Interchange.
1967 A92 Cortins - Limpet Mill Kincardineshire The 0.75 mile dualling north of Stonehaven was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Limpet Mill was north of Limpet Burn.
1967 A923 Dundee Inner Ring Road Angus Section 2 - the 0.19 mile section between Nethergate and South Union Street was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. Also completed was Section 6 - the roundabout at the junction of Dock Street, South Union Street, , Riverside Drive and Tay Bridge Approach. Later renumbered A991.
1967 B757 Gartcosh Diversion Lanarkshire The 0.8 mile road was completed in 1967 per the 1967 Scottish Development Department Report. It was in conjunction with the construction of M73. The 2.5 miles between Drumpark and Gartcosh was improved at the same time, online with a diversion to remove bends to the north of Bargeddie. Later renumbered A752.
1967 B6247 Wheatley Lane Bypass Lancashire The 2.5 mile road from west of Fence to A682 Scotland Road, Nelson was opened by June 1967 per OS One inch map. Shown as under construction on May 1966 OS Quarter inch map. Opened between those dates. Later renumbered A6068.
1967 - Hooton Industrial Road Cheshire Stage 1: The 2 mile dual carriageway from A41 north of Hooton to North Road, Ellesmere Port (0.4 mile east of Overpool Link junction, the current M53 J7) was due to open in early October 1967 per a 22 August 1967 Liverpool Echo report. It included 2 grade separated junctions, 3/4 mile single carriageway Overpool Link and diversion of B5132 Rivacre Road. Cost £1.45 million. Later renumbered A5032 then upgraded to M531, opening on 22 December 1975, then renumbered M53.
1967 - Lincoln: Boultham Link Road Lincolnshire Stage 1 of Western Ring Road, Tritton Road. The section from Skellingthorpe Road to an extension of Dixon Street was due to be opened on 1 December 1967 by S.A. Campbell, Mayor of Lincoln. The road was named after Sir William Tritton, the designer of the first tank. The road ran over part of the testing ground. Later renumbered as A1192.
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 Bypass Cumberland • Westmorland The 7.7 mile motorway from a temporary junction with A6 half mile south of Hackthorpe to J41 Catterlen Interchange was opened on 7 November 1968 by Robert Brown, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport. Cost £7,713,000. It included road widening to A66 at J40.
1968 M6 Wednesbury (Bescot) - Bentley (Darlaston) Staffordshire The 1.5 mile southward extension between J9 to J10 was opened on 20 December 1968 and was the first length of urban motorway in the Midlands. Each outer lane was closed initially whilst work on the central reservation lighting columns and lights took place. Contractors were Taylor Woodrow Ltd. and a Sir Alfred McAlpine/ Leonard Fairclough consortium, cost £3.25 million.
1968 M8 Renfrew Bypass Renfrewshire The 6.56 mile road from J26 Hillington Interchange to J29a Southbar Interchange was opened on 18 March 1968 (by the Minister of State) per The Gazette. It was the first D3M motorway in Scotland. J29a was opened as an at grade junction with A8. Contractor was Peter Lind and Co. Ltd. of Cannock, price £1.5 million. It was shown on the OS one inch November 1968 revision map as M8 although in planning it had been referred to as A8(M)
1968 M8 Glasgow Inner Ring Road Lanarkshire Stage 1 - Townhead Interchange and 0.5 mile westwards to Dobbies Loan was opened in April 1968 by the Secretary of State per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £3.4 million.
1968 M9 Polmont and Falkirk Bypass Stirlingshire The 5.37 mile motorway from J4 at Lathallan to a temporary terminus 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 - Hamilton Lanarkshire Hamilton Bypass Stage 2: The 2 mile northward extension from J4 Hamilton Interchange (now J6) to J5 Raith Interchange (near Bothwell) was opened on 15 May 1968. The 3.25 mile further extension from J5 Raith Interchange to a temporary tie in with A74, just west of J6 Maryville Interchange (now J4) was opened on 2 August 1968 by William Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland. Raith Bridge over the River Clyde was constructed, for the first time in the country, using the then "German system" of projecting heavy steel box girders from concrete piers on each side onto reinforced concrete piles in the river, and linking the two sections.
1968 A1 Long Bennington Bypass Lincolnshire The 2.5 mile dual carriageway had a contract cost £840,000. It was the first use of unreinforced concrete pavement on a major Trunk Road in UK. It included, initially, experimental surfacing on 20 per cent of the route at the request of Ministry of Transport. Joints fixed in various different ways were placed at random spacing and a deeper texturing was tried. Work began in January 1967 with the concrete paving starting in April 1968.
1968 A11 Thetford Inner Relief Road Norfolk • Suffolk 0.6 mile road from Newtown to Norwich Road. Shown on October 1968 OS 1 inch map. Work had not started in June 1967 per Hansard, and was expected to start in the Autumn. Later became unclassified after the bypass opened.
1968 A108 Tyne Tunnel - Testos Roundabout, Boldon Durham 2.3 mile dual carriageway. The section from Lindisfarne Interchange to Testos Roundabout may have opened in late 1967. Renumbered to A1 between 1977 and 1990, then A19
1968 A130 Sawston Bypass Cambridgeshire Opened in 1968 per the 2007 Sawston Conservation Area Draft Council Policy Document. Shown on December 1968 OS One inch map. Not on July 1968 OS Route Planner map. Later renumbered as A1301.
1968 A21 Sevenoaks Bypass Kent The southern and final section from Gracious Lane to Riverhill Roundabout opened on 20 March 1968 and the temporary slip road at Gracious Lane closed (see 1967 entry). There was a contra-flow at this location until 27 June 1968 when the southbound carriageway was completed. The bypass was 6.5 miles long with dual 24 foot carriageways. Contractor was Cementation Construction Co. Ltd., cost £3.5 million.
1968 A33 Chandler's Ford and Otterbourne Bypass Hampshire Compton (south end of Winchester Bypass) to Chilworth Roundabout. Dual carriageway. May have opened in late 1967. Later upgraded to M3.
1968 A39 Truro Relief Road Cornwall Stage 1 - Morlaix Avenue: Arch Hill / Falmouth Road to Lemon Quay. One carriageway was reported as opening in a fortnights time by the 6 June 1968 West Briton and Cornish Advertiser. It may not have opened as A39. The Relief Road was completed in 1970.
1968 A370 Long Ashton Bypass Somerset The 3.5 mile road was opened on 6 December 1968 by Norman Yeo, Parish Council Chairman. It included a 0.9 mile section of dual carriageway east of the Wildcountry Lane overbridge. Cost £1.25 million. The Western Daily Press report mentioned that eventually the bypass would be extended to Clevedon and M5.
1968 A46 Stratford-on-Avon: Bridgeway Warwickshire The Bridgefoot Link Road and the one way gyratory was to open on Good Friday, 12 April 1968. Cost £25,000. Later renumbered as A3400.
1968 A413 Chalfont St Peter Bypass Buckinghamshire 1.75 miles from Joiners Lane roundabout to just before the later M25 bridge. 100 feet wide with dual 24 feet carriageways. Forecast cost £0.6 million.
1968 A447 Tonge bypass Leicestershire opened between July 1967 and July 1968 OS Quarter inch map revisions. Later renumbered to A453
1968 A458 Harley Bypass Shropshire Shown on July 1968 OS Quarter inch map. Not on July 1967 edition.
1968 A491 Stourbridge Ring Road Worcestershire Phase 1: The North-eastern link between High Street (in the north) and the existing St John's Road (after Coventry Street) was opened on 13 November 1968. It initially opened as a two way traffic road, then became one way upon completion of the Ring Road on 26 August 1969. Stour Bridge on High Street was also widened.
1968 A52 Threekingham Bypass Lincolnshire Reported by the Lincolnshire Echo of 29 May 1968 that the village was now cut off by the bypass. Roadworks reports ran from the start of the year to July 1968. Note that it was not shown on the 1969 OS Quarter inch map.
1968 A55 Abergele and Llanddulas Bypass Denbighshire The 3.5 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 A506 Skelmersdale Regional Road Lancashire Phase 1 - from the then B5192 Liverpool Road to Pimbo Interchange. Opened as single carriageway on 25 March 1968, cost £1,645,454. Contractors were a Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son Ltd./ Leonard Fairclough Ltd. consortium. It included the roundabout junction for the future Glenburn Road and a simplified connection to the first part of Stannanought Road built at the same time for £317,000. Later upgraded to dual carriageway then M58.
1968 A548 Bagillt Bypass Flintshire The 1.3 mile dual carriageway was completed in 1968 per the Cymru : Wales 1968 Report. Forecast cost was £396,000.
1968 A5125 Leicester: Dysart Way Leicestershire Belgrave Road to Humberstone Road. Reported that it had one carriageway at the moment per the Leicester Daily Mercury of 28 December 1968. It had been reported as under construction in the 11 June 1968 edition. It has been assumed to be part of the A5125, the number for the then Middle Ring Road. It was shown as A5125 on the 1991 A - Z Map. Later became unclassified.
1968 A66 Sadberge and Long Newton Bypass Durham 3.8 mile dual carriagway. Shown on October 1968 OS One inch map. Not on July 1968 OS Route Planner map.
1968 A66 Elton Bypass Durham 1.5 mile dual carriagway. Mentioned as open in a 20 November 1968 Newcastle journal article but not on October 1968 OS One inch map.
1968 A66 Penrith Southern Bypass Cumberland • Westmorland 4.5 miles from Stainton Bypass western end to Countess Pillar. Dual carriageway apart from eastwards from 0.4 mile east of Kemplay Bank Roundabout (A6). Also utilised the former B5288 westwards to Penruddock. Part of the road improvements at Penrith with the M6 Penrith Bypass opening on 7 November 1968. Shown on September 1969 OS Route Planner map.
1968 A666 Farnworth Bypass Lancashire Shown on December 1968 OS 1 inch map. Ministry Grants had been made in August 1966. It may have opened in 1967. 1.5 mile dual carriageway between the roundabout at the future Kearsley Interchange to Moses Gate Interchange.
1968 A6003 Manton Bypass Rutland First shown on 1968 OS Quarter inch map. It may have opened in late 1967. 0.7 mile including a short upgrade of the Martinsthorpe bridleway for a link road to the village. Forecast cost £77,300.
1968 A737 Dalgarven Diversions Ayrshire The diversions to the north of the village were completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. Part of a 1.49 mile reconstruction scheme between Cartleburn Farm and Laigh Monkcastle Farm.
1968 A740 Linwood - M8 Renfrewshire The 1.5 mile dual carriageway from Linclive Roundabout, Linwood to St James Interchange (M8 J10, later J29), north-west of Paisley was opened in November 1968 by Norman Buchan, Joint Parlianetary Under Secretary of State, per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £650,000. Later renumbered A737.
1968 A82 Duntocher dualling Dunbartonshire The 0.42 mile online dualling and grade-separated Mountblow Road junction was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. It would appear to be the last section of the Great Western Road between Silverton (Dumbarton) and Glasgow to be dualled, bar for the Cloberhill Canal Bridge.
1968 A87 Loch Cluanie Improvement Ross-shire • Inverness-shire The 8.55 mile upgrade from S1 to S2 with some diversions at a higher level from the loch shore was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report.
1968 A814 Craigendoran Diversion Dunbartonshire The 0.55 mile road, east of Helensburgh, to bypass Monaebrook Place was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £198,000.
1968 A828 Connel Bridge Southern Access Road Argyll The 0.18 mile road was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report.
1968 A849 Mull: Bunessan - Traigh nam Beach Argyll The 6.5 mile reconstruction with some diversions was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report.
1968 A899 Livingston Road Midlothian Stage 2 - the Houstoun Road to Almond Road dual carriageway had opened by September 1968.
1968 A9 Dunblane - Greenloaning Perthshire The 3.4 mile online dualling from Queen Victoria School, Dunblane (B8033 junction) to Greenloaning Junction (then under construction) was brought into use in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report. 24 foot carriageways with 20 foot central reservation. Contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd, estimated cost £630,000.
1968 A9 Latheronwheel Diversion Caithness The 0.6 mile road and new Latheronwheel Bridge was completed in 1968 per the 1968 Scottish Development Department Report.
1968 B183 Old Harlow Southern bypass Essex Gilden Way from London Road to Sheering Road was opened on 4 November 1968 by Jim Kirby, a retired roadbuilder. The 1.35 mile road cost £250,000.
1968 B4215 Newent Bypass Gloucestershire Opened on 16 February 1968 per an ATV Today report. The 1.3 mile, 24 foot wide road utilised the route of the closed Ledbury to Gloucester railway line and was completed in only 7 months of the 12 months expected. Contractor was Droitwich Construction Company Ltd, cost £100,000.
1968 B6247 Higham Bypass Lancashire 0.65 mile. Opened by March 1969 per OS Quarter inch map. Shown as under construction on June 1967 OS 1 inch map. Opened between those dates. Later renumbered A6068.
1968 - Basingstoke Ringway West Hampshire Stage 1: Worting Road to Kingsclere Road. Opened on 31 May 1968. 24 foot single carriageway. Cost £590,000. The ringway section was planned to be converted to dual carriageway within the next 4 years. Later renumbered A340 (Ringway) and B3400 (Churchill Way West).
1968 - Laneham Bypass Nottinghamshire Stokeham Road to Dunham Road. Mentioned as new in an 8 November 1968 Retford, Gainsborough and Worksop Times report. It may have been completed in 1967. Work had started in April 1966. Note that it was not shown on the December 1970 OS Quarter inch map. Part of the Cottam Power Station Approach Roads scheme to link it to A57. The power station opened in 1968.
1969 M5 Cribbs Causeway to Avonmouth Gloucestershire The 3.5 mile section from J17 to J18 plus the spur to Avonmouth at J18 opened on 28 August 1969.
1969 M6 Hackthorpe to Thrimby Westmorland 2.3 mile southern extension to Penrith Bypass from the previous temporary junction with A6 half mile south of Hackthorpe to a new temporary junction with A6 at Thrimby. Opened on 13 December 1969. It was one of the separate contracts of the Carnforth to Penrith Bypass scheme. Contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd. and tender cost £1.42 million.
1969 M8 Dechmont to Whitburn West Lothian The 7.55 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 M40 Holtspur, Beaconsfield - Handy Cross, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire This eastern extension completed High Wycombe Bypass. The 5 miles section from a Temporary Terminus with A40 at Holtspur, west of Beaconsfield (1 mile west of J2) to J4 was opened on 18 March 1969 by John Timberlake, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council Highways Committee. Cost £6 million. It included a viaduct over part of the village of Loudwater, which was 533 yards long and 123 feet wide. The road should have been completed in 1968 but a number of "swilley holes" (gravel underlay on chalk which can suddenly subside) were found. The Minister of Transport, Barbara Castle, sold her home at Cadmore End which was within 100 yards of the motorway.
1969 M61 Horwich Link to M6 Preston Lancashire The 13 miles from J6 to M6 J30 was opened on 28 November 1969 by Fred Mulley, Minister of Transport, per a Liverpool Echo report. The Gazette Notice gave an opening date of 3 December 1969.
1969 M90 Crossgates, Cowdenbeath and Kelty Bypass Fife The 7.85 miles northwards extension from the previous Temporary Terminus spur with the then A90 by the B916 at Old Duloch (between J2 and J3) to a Temporary Terminus with the then A90 (later B996) at Kinnaird, north of Maryburgh, Kelty (between J4 and J5) was opened on 1 December 1969 by Lord Hughes, Minister for State for Scotland. Cost £4.6 million.
1969 A1(M) Bradbury to Birtley Durham The 17 mile Durham Motorway from the current J60 to J63 opened in sections during 1969. Bradbury to Bowburn opened on 6 January 1969; Bowburn to Carrville (Belmont Roundabout) on 20 May 1969; Carrville to Birtley on 1 June 1969.
1969 A1 Stanborough and Lemsford Bypass Hertfordshire The 1.4 mile dual carriageway was from the current J5 roundabouts to J4. It was shown as under construction on Oct 1968 revised OS Map, so may have opened later in 1968. The north section to Stanborough (temporary junction with A6129), 1 mile south of J5, was converted to motorway in 1973 and the remainder south to J4 was converted to motorway in 1986.
1969 A102 London: Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach Kent The 1.8 mile section from Blackwall Lane Interchange to Shooters Hill Road was opened on 25 April 1969 by Richard Marsh, Minister of Transport. It was the first stretch of road to be built to motorway standards by the Greater London Council and had dual three lane carriageways, 33 foot wide. It became A102(M) on 3 March 1972 per the Gazette notice. It was downgraded back to A102 about 2000 (although The Gazette notice has not been seen).
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. Renumbered to A1 between 1977 and 1990, then A19.
1969 A184 Boldon - Wardley Durham The 1.6 mile of dualling from Testos Roundabout to White Mare Pool Interchange opened in November 1969. Renumbered to A1 between 1977 and 1990, then back to A184
1969 A186
A192
Earsdon Bypass Northumberland Opened between the August 1968 OS One inch map and May 1970 OS Quarter inch map. Dual carriageway from Garden Terrace to Monkseaton Road.
1969 A1053 Grangetown - Lackenby Yorkshire Greystone Road. 1.2 mile dual carriageway from Trunk Road, Grangetown to High Street, Lackenby (A174). Shown on September 1969 Route Planning Map. Not on July 1968 map. It may have opened in 1968.
1969 A27 Lewes Relief Road Sussex Phoenix Causeway was opened on 30 July 1969 by R.H. Yarrow, Mayor of Lewes. It included Phoenix Causeway Bridge over River Ouse. Later renumbered as A26, then A2029.
1969 A27 Cosham and Farlington Bypass Hampshire Dual carriageway from Portsbridge Roundabout, Cosham to Bedhampton Southern Roundabout (to join Havant Bypass). Shown on June 1970 OS Quarter inch map. Not on March 1969 OS Quarter inch map. It may have opened in 1970.
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 Cullompton Bypass Devon The 4.75 mile bypass was planned to be part of the future Bristol to Exeter Motorway. Work started in 1967 on a dual carriageway with 2 lanes each way and a wide central reservation to allow extra lanes to be added later. In May 1969 there was a landslip at Nag's Head Bridge, south of Cullompton, which delayed the opening. It opened on 29 October 1969. Cost was £3.3 million which included an extra £800,000 for dealing with the landslip. The bypass was converted to M5 motorway on 16 October 1975 for the southern section and 8 July 1976 for the northern section.
1969 A39 Street Inner Relief Road Somerset Westway. The 1.3 mile road was fully opened on 3 April 1969. The road, apart from the end connections, had opened earlier. 24 foot carriageway apart from 0.5 mile of dual carriageway at the northern end. Forecast cost £340,000.
1969 A39 Nether Stowey Bypass Somerset Unauthorised signs showing the village services were put up on the bypass in Summer 1969 (per the Bristol Evening Post of 26 October 1970). A 26 March 1969 report said that a medieval pottery had been found on a new bypass site in the area indicating it was then still under construction, although it could have been a separate part from the main village bypass. The village Neighbourhood Plan stated that the bypass was built in 1968 and the 1968 OS Quarter inch map shows a bypass, albeit on a more northerly alignment.
1969 A303 Amesbury Bypass Wiltshire The 3 mile dual carriageway from 0.3 mile east of Stonehenge Bottom junction to 0.4 mile east of Double Hedges Junction was due to open on 5 September 1969. Cost £1 million.
1969 A303 Andover Bypass Hampshire The 4 mile dual carriageway opened on 11 September 1969. Cost £2 million.
1969 A329 Reading Inner Distribution Road Berkshire Stage 1: Caversham Road to Castle Street Roundabout. The D2 road was opened on 16 November 1969. Contractor was Cementation Construction Ltd., cost was more than £2 million.
1969 A338 Ringwood - Bournemouth Spur Road Hampshire 6.7 mile dual carriageway from Ashley Heath Roundabout to Cooper Dean Roundabout. A photograph of the Mayor's inaugural cavalcade on the Spur road and stated as June 1969 appeared in the 21 December 2018 Bournemouth Echo.
1969 A339 Basingstoke Northern Bypass Hampshire The 3.5 mile road from Ringway West Roundabout to Black Dam Roundabout was opened on 11 September 1969 by Richard Marsh, Minister of Transport. Single carriageway apart from 0.5 mile west of Aldermaston Road Roundabout. Cost £1.5 million.
1969 A40 Mitchel Troy - Raglan Monmouthshire The 4.75 mile D2 dual carriageway from 0.5 mile west of Mitchel Troy to the east end of Raglan Bypass was opened on 1 February 1969. The 24 foot carriageways had a concrete surface with neoprene filled joints (used for the first time on a major scheme). The 2 level Raglan Interchange was in use to access the A40 Raglan link. Cost £2.5 million.
1969 A40 Gloucester - Cheltenham Link Road Gloucestershire Golden Valley Bypass. The 3.5 mile dual carriageway was opened on 19 September 1969 by Leslie Jones and May Dent, Mayors of Gloucester and Cheltenham. Contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd., cost £2.3 million. It opened in advance of M5, J10 Golden Valley Junction opened on 6 April 1971.
1969 A46 Syston Bypass Leicestershire The dual carriageway was opened on 31 July 1969 by Robert Brown, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport. Cost £1.5 million. It completed the then 12.5 mile dual carriageway from Leicester to Widmerpool Intersection. [1]
1969 A49
A438
Hereford Inner Relief Road Herefordshire The last section on the A49 North-South Relief Road from St Nicholas Street to Edgar Street was to be opened to two way traffic on 12 October 1969. The last section of the A438 East-West Relief Road, (possibly Newmarket Street) was due to open two weeks later. The official opening was on 11 December 1969 by David Gibson-Watt, MP for Hereford. Both were dual carriageway upgrades to existing roads.
1969 A415 Abingdon Inner Relief Road Berkshire Stratton Way connected Vineyard to Ock Street. Reported on 17 September 1969 that it would be opening in 6 weeks time.
1969 A432 Chipping Sodbury Bypass Gloucestershire A 1 February 1969 Bristol Evening Post article stated that it was still under construction and could take 6 to 8 months for completion. It is shown on the September 1969 Route Planning map.
1969 A435 Hollywood Bypass Worcestershire Reported in the 10 July 1969 Birmingham Mail that a spokesman for the County Council had said "We hope to have the bypass open in August, but could in fact be later this month". 2.4 mile dual carriageway. Contractor was Peter Lind and Co. Ltd., cost £750,000.
1969 A458 Pont Buarth Glas Improvement Merionethshire The 1 mile road from Pont Buarth Glas to west of Capel Hermon (north-west of Dinas Mawddwy) was opened in 1969 per the Cymru : Wales 1969 Report. Partly online, 24 foot carriageway.
1969 A491 Stourbridge Ring Road Worcestershire Phase 3: The western section, a northern extension of Bath Road from Bell Street, was due to open on 26 August 1969. The official opening was on 1 November 1969 by Lord Cobham. It completed the Ring Road, bar for the final surfacing, and it enabled the whole of the Ring Road to be one way in a clockwise direction. Contractor was Droitwich Construction Ltd, cost £1.1 million. St John's Road and New Road had still to be widened to three lanes and was planned for 3 or 4 years time. Phase 2 had been the improvement of New Road and its junctions.
1969 A4119 Llantrisant Bypass Glamorgan Ely Valley Road to Cefn-y-Parc (it joined the former Cardiff Road south of the Afon Clun bridge). Opened in November 1969 per the Cymru : Wales 1969 Report.
1969 A4042 Llanellen - Llanover Improvement Monmouthshire The 1 mile re-alignment from Oak Cottage, (Oak Lane, Llanellen) to Llanover Pitch was opened in July 1969 per the Cymru : Wales 1969 Report. 24 foot carriageway.
1969 A51 Longdon Green Bypass Staffordshire Mentioned as recently completed in a house sale advertisement in the Lichfield Mercury of 17 October 1969.
1969 A55 Llandudno Junction Flyover and Link Roads Caernarfonshire Opened on 22 May 1969. The viaduct was 586 feet long and the total length of the viaduct and approach works was 540 yards. 24 foot carriageway with 9 foot footpaths. It eliminated the level crossing on the Llandudno branch. Contractor was A.E. Farr Ltd. of Westbury, cost £624,000. Later renumbered A547 (flyover) and A546 (Link roads).
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 £1.6 million.
1969 A55 Tai'r meibion - Aber Caernarfonshire The 1.5 mile new westbound carriageway was completed in June 1969 per the Cymru : Wales 1969 Report. The existing eastbound carriageway was widened and completed in September 1969 to complete the dual carriageway. Cost was £230,000.
1969 A56
A680
Rawtenstall - Edenfield Bypass Lancashire The 3.5 mile dual carriageway from near Queen's Square, Rawtenstall,and a short A680 spur from Manchester Road, Holme through Edenfield Interchange to Edenfield Roundabout (prior to M66) was opened on 9 July 1969 without ceremony (although there was a celebration lunch). The Wood Lane spur to Whalley Road at the south end was still shown as under construction on the April 1970 OS Quarter inch map so it may not have been finished at the same time. Contractor was a Sir Alfred McAlpine and Son Ltd. / Leonard Fairclough Ltd. consortium, cost £3.3 million. The sections north of Edenfield Interchange were later renumbered A682 and A56.
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 A61 Allestree - Little Eaton Derbyshire Derby Western Bypass Stage 1. Abbey Hill. Dual carriageway, opened 24 March 1969 per ATV News report. Later renumbered A38.
1969 A615 Alfreton and South Normanton Bypass Derbyshire The 3.3 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. Contractor was Robert McGregor and Sons Ltd., cost £2 million. Renumbered A38 in 1977.
1969 A642 Horbury Bypass Yorkshire Southfield Lane. Shown on February 1970 OS One inch map. Not on March 1969 OS Quarter inch map. It may have opened in early 1970. The existing Northfield Lane was used for the eastern section.
1969 A689
A171
Sedgefield Southern and Western Bypasses Durham The 4.75 mile of roads were opened on 2 May 1969 by J.R.S. Middlewood, County Council Chairman. Cost £945,000.
1969 A690 Durham - Carville Link Road Durham The 1.75 mile dual carriageway from Gilesgate, Durham to north of Carville (via Carrville Interchange with A1(M)) was opened on 2 May 1969 by J.R.S. Middlewood, County Council Chairman. Cost £837,000. Also the "trumpet" junction for the Dragonville Trading Estate and the new unclassified Belmont Link Road to Sunderland Road.
1969 A690 West and East Rainton Bypass Durham Shown on September 1969 OS Route Planning map. Not on October 1968 OS One inch map. Dual carriageway.
1969 A6030 Leicester Outer Ring Road Leicestershire Stoughton Drive extension to Gartree Road was reported as recently constructed by the Leicester Daily Mercury of 7 February 1969. A 28 December 1968 report described it as almost ready. It crossed the former Leicestershire Golf Course land. It was then described as the Inner Ring Road. The OS Quarter inch map of April 1971 shows it as an "B" road, but the Route Planner map of September 1969 shows the road as an "A" road.
1969 A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road Yorkshire Weetwood Lane to Bywater Farm. Shown on the February 1970 OS One inch map. Not on March 1969 Quarter inch map. It may have opened in 1970. It bypassed the dogleg via Smithy Mills Lane that was left between the 1923 and 1926 built sections.
1969 A7 Fountainhall Diversion Midlothian The 0.5 mile diversion to the north of the original Fountainhall Junction Station, including two new bridges over Gala Water, was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A7 Newton Diversion Roxburghshire The diversion south of Newton was part of the 1 mile Newton to Galalaw, Hawick improvement scheme which was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A73 Westwood Braes Diversion Lanarkshire The 1.34 mile dual carriageway from just south of Bellside (Cleland) to just north of Murdostoun Road, Newmains was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. It bypassed the twisting North and South Road. Cost £515,000.
1969 A77 Coodham - Dutch House (Monkton) dualling Ayrshire The 3.5 mile online dualling was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A701 Birdiehouse and Staiton Diversions Midlothian The 1.29 mile dualling between the north end of Janefield and Edinburgh City boundary (at Straiton Park), with diversions, was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A724 Cambuslang: Main Street dualling Lanarkshire The 0.64 mile online dualling (phases 2 and 3) was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A725 Bellshill Bypass Lanarkshire The 2.5 mile dual carriageway from M8 Shawhead Junction to M74 Raith Interchange was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A726
A749
East Kilbride: Queensway and Kingsway dualling Lanarkshire The 1.76 mile online dualling of A726 Queensway between Eaglesham Road (B764) and Birniehill Roundabout (A725) and northwards on Kingsway to Whitemoss Roundabout (B761) was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. The Kingsway A749 section was later renumbered A725.
1969 A739 Glasgow: Clyde Tunnel Northern Approach Roads Lanarkshire The final part of the Clyde Tunnel scheme was opened on 9 April 1969.
1969 A8 Newbridge Junction - Gogar Stone dualling Midlothian The 2.11 mile online dualling was completed in Autumn 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A82 Stuckgowan Diversion Dunbartonshire The 0.35 mile road beside Loch Lomand was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. A 24 foot carriageway with space for a second carriageway if needed in the future. Cost £91,000.
1969 A85 Glendoick - North Inchmichael dualling Perthshire The 2.3 mile online dualling north-eastwards from the future site of Glendoick Junction (east of the village) was opened by the end of 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. Later renumbered A90.
1969 A87 Dornie - Inverinate Ross-shire The 3.26 mile diversion at the shore level of Loch Duich was completed by the end of 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. It bypassed the difficult twisting section at the higher level below Carr Brae.
1969 A814 Glasgow: Whiteinch dualling Lanarkshire • Renfrewshire The dual carriageway from Duncan Avenue to Whiteinch Interchange, beside Victoria Park, was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A894 Badnabay Diversion Sutherland The diversion to the north of the village would appear to be part of the 3.5 mile Clashfearn to Laxford Bridge reconstruction scheme which was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. The 1971 OS Quarter inch map shows this section to be S2.
1969 A8003 Tighnabruaich - Ormidale Argyll The 8.3 mile road on the west side of Kyles of Bute and Loch Ruel was opened on 5 June 1969 by Dickson Mabon, Minister of State. Contractor was J. Baxter and Sons (Muir of Ord) Ltd., cost £5 million.
1969 A9 Greenloaning Bypass Perthshire The 1.1 mile dual carriageway from Greenloaning Junction to just east of Millhill Road was brought into use in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. 24 foot carriageways and 20 foot central reservation. It included Greenloaning Junction with A822, a flyover with two skewed 80 feet spans. Contractor was John MacAdam and Sons Ltd. of Aberdeen, tender price £260,000.
1969 A9 Conon Bridge replacement Ross-shire The 0.23 mile diversion and new bridge was opened on 30 May 1969. It replaced a single lane bailey bridge which had been in place since June 1956. Later renumbered A862.
1969 A92 New Inn - Balfarg dualling Fife The 1.33 mile online dualling to just south of Balfarg was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. Cost £200,000.
1969 A94 Milton of Finavon Diversion Angus The diversion and Finavon Bridge over the South Esk was opened on 21 November 1969 by William Ross, Scottish Secretary of State. Contractor was W.J. Anderson Ltd. of Aberdeen, cost £138,000. Later renumbered A90.
1969 A96 Stoneyfield Diversion Inverness-shire The 1.91 road from east of the future Raigmore Interchange, Inverness to Milton was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. The new road ran south of the Inverness to Nairn railway line.
1969 A96 Meikle Dramlach Diversion Moray The 1.31 road in Speymore Forest, south-east of Fochabers was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 A956 Aberdeen: Wellington Road dualling Kincardineshire The 0.67 mile online dualling from Polworth Road to Redmoss Road, Nigg and the reconstruction of the railway bridge was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report.
1969 B5022 Derby Inner Ring Road Derbyshire Stage 1 - St Alkmund's Way dual carriageway from the then Ford Street / Willow Row Roundabout to a temporary connection to Bridge Gate (for St Mary's Bridge) and incorporating the King Street Junction. The 300 yard section was opened on 24 January 1969 by Robert Brown, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport. Contractor for the bridge works was Lee Constructions Ltd. of Derby. Construction cost (excluding land) was £322,000. Later renumbered as A601.
1969 B8039 Cumbernauld: Jane's Brae Interchange Dunbartonshire The interchange with South Carbrain Road was reported by Cumbernauld News of 13 March 1969 as having opened "this week". It had a 400 feet eight span bridge over the roads and railway. It completed the dual carriageway from Central Way to Lenziemill Road. Contractor was Tarmac Civil Engineering, cost £380,000.
1969 - Glasgow: Pointhouse Bridge Lanarkshire The new bridge crossing the River Kelvin, just up from the River Clyde, was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. The 0.33 mile approach roads connected Castlebank Street to Pointhouse Road. Later renumbered B808. See the later Kelvinhaugh Bridge which it is now adjacent to.
1969 - Southport: Coastal Road Lancashire Stage 2: The 2.6 miles between Shore Road, Ainsdale and Weld Road, completing the southern section, was opened on 1 March 1969 by Gordon Taylor, Mayor of Southport. Cost £150,000. The road was constructed on the line of the former Cheshire Lines Committee railway that the Corporation took over in 1953.
1969 - Stroneskar - Bridgend Moray The 4.3 mile improvement of the Kilmichael Glen Road was completed in 1969 per the 1969 Scottish Development Department Report. It was probably the metalling of the previous track.

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.

References

  1. ATV Midlands News (31 July 1969)



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