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Network changes - 1980s

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A list of the changes to the road network in Great Britain and Ireland from 1980 to 1989. Includes road openings and renumberings.

Road Openings

Year Number on opening Location County Notes
1980 M4 Castleton - Coryton, Cardiff Monmouthshire • Glamorgan 7.9 miles section from J29 to J32 opened on 10 July 1980 per The Gazette. This completed the Cardiff Motorway Bypass.
1980 M11 Great Chesterford -Girton Cambridgeshire Cambridge Western Bypass. The 14 mile northern section from J9 to J14 was opened on 22 February 1980 per The Gazette.
1980 M26 Chevening to Addington Green Kent Entire Motorway
1980 M58 Liverpool to Skelmersdale Lancashire The 1.6 mile westwards extension between J3 Bickerstaffe Interchange and J4 Glenburn Road Interchange opened on 1 June 1980. It was extended for 6.8 miles from J3 to Switch Island at Netherton / Aintree on the outskirts of Liverpool, opening on 21 September 1980 and completing the M58. The southernmost mile was dual two lane but with a wide central reservation to allow third lanes to be put in later. The rest of the motorway was dual three lane. Cost £22.5 million.
1980 M876 North Broomage to Bowtrees Stirlingshire The 2 section motorway of 2.19 and 1.14 miles with a M9 multiplex between Hill of Kinnaird and Kinnaird House opened on 15 February 1980.
1980 M9 Longdyke to Pirnhall Interchange Stirlingshire The 6.4 mile motorway from the temporary junction with A876 (later renumbered A88) at Longdyke, north of Carronshore to J9 at Pirnhall was opened on 15 February 1980 by Malcolm Rifking, Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment at the Scottish Office.
1980 A10 Southery to South Runcton Norfolk The 11 mile offline and online single carriageway improvement scheme was officially opened on 16 June 1980 by Paul Hawkins, MP for South-west Norfolk. Bypasses for Southery, Hilgay, Fordham, Stow Bardolph and Downham Market/ Denver (latter opening in December 1979). Contractor was Mears Construction, expected cost £3.85 million.
1980 A1079 A1035 to Dunswell Yorkshire Beverley Bypass
1980 A49 Ludlow Bypass Shropshire Officially opened on 4 February 1980. The original contractor, Mears construction company, collapsed in early 1979 and Edmund Nuttall's took over to complete the road.
1980 A5 Capel-Y-Graig - Llanfair Anglesey • Caernarfonshire Opening of new road deck added to 19th century Britannia Bridge, the railway crossing from the Welsh mainland to Anglesey, which had been damaged by fire in 1970 and reconstructed in early 1970s; also included approach roads giving a total length of about 1 mile; later renumbered as A55 in 2001
1980 A5 Stony Stratford to Bletchley Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Bypass
1980 A52 Derby - Spondon Derbyshire Nottingham Road Diversion and Borrowash Bypass Extension schemes were to be opened on 29 May 1980 by Kenneth Clarke, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport. The 2.6 mile dual carriageway was from Pentagon Island, Derby to the existing Borrowash Bypass at Derby Road, Spondon and included 4.5 miles of linking slip roads and side roads and Spondon Interchange with A5111 Derby Outer Ring Road. Contractor was Robert McGregor and Sons Ltd. and cost £8.6 million.
1980 A66 Greta Bridge Durham Greta Bridge
1980 A9 Lynwig-Avielochan Inverness-shire Aviemore bypass
1980 A929 Liff Road, Dundee - Forfar Road, Dundee Angus Dundee Bypass Dualling phase 1, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1981 M4 Bridgend Bypass Glamorgan The 9 mile section from J35 Pencoed to J37 Pyle, was opened on 18 September 1981 by Nicholas Edwards, Secretary of State for Wales. It joined the section previously opened from Port Talbot. Cost £40 million.
1981 M20 West Kingsdown - Addington Kent The 4.6 mile section from the previous Temporary Terminus with A20, 0.2 mile south east of Pells Lane, West Kingsdown to J3 was opened on 13 February 1981 per The Gazette.
1981 M20 Ashford - Folkestone Kent The 4.5 mile section from J11 Stanford to J13 Castle Hill, Folkestone was opened on 18 August 1981 per The Gazette. The 9 mile section from J9 at Ashford to J11 Stanford was opened on 8 December 1981 per The Gazette. The notice included the section eastwards from J10 Lacton Interchange. No Gazette notice has been seen for the former Ashford Bypass section between J9 and J10 but it was shown as M20 on the 1982 OS 1:50000 map.
1981 M53 Stanlow Halt, Little Stanney - M56 Stoak Interchange Cheshire The 1 mile motorway from J10 to J11 opened on 18 March 1981 and connected the M53 Mid Wirral Motorway and formerly numbered M531 Ellesmere Port Motorway to the M56 westwards extension opened on the same day.
1981 M56 Hapsford - Dunkirk Roundabout Cheshire The final western section of M56, the 6 miles from J14 to J16 opened on 18 March 1981. It included the connecting slip roads at Stoak Interchange from M56 eastbound to M53 northbound.
1981 M67 M60 to Denton Lancashire • Cheshire Denton Bypass
1981 A1 Felton Bypass Northumberland The 2.5 mile single carriageway road was opened on 27 November 1981 by Kenneth Clarke, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. Work had started in September 1978. The road sections were built in 3 stages by County Council Direct Labour. Balfour Beatty Ltd, Edinburgh was the contractor for the River Coquet bridge. Cost £4.9 million.
1981 A1 Ayton Berwickshire Ayton Bypass
1981 A1 Broxburn and Oxwell Mains East Lothian The 3.8 mile single carriageway bypass was built to allow the expansion of the cement works. Opened 1981 per
1981 A15 Hessle to Barton Upon Humber Yorkshire • Lincolnshire Opening of Humber Bridge
1981 A2 Upper Harbledown to Bridge Kent Canterbury bypass
1981 A34 Sutton Scotney and South Wonston Bypass Hampshire The 5 mile dual carriageway from A303 Bullington Cross to Three Maids Hill, Winchester Bypass was opened on 14 October 1981 by Kenneth Clarke, Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
1981 A47 Swaffham Bypass Norfolk Opened on 22 June 1981 per the Department of Transport compensation notice. Some stretches had opened earlier, the section from A1122 junction to Lynn Road interchange opening after the 1980 August Bank Holiday. 4.6 miles, dual carriageway west of 0.3 mile west of Sporle Road. Contractor was Reed and Mallik. In May 1991, on a presumably unopened section, a stunt for the TV series “Tales of the Unexpected” entitled “Death can Add” went wrong when a blazing car, which should have plunged off an embankment, sped towards the TV crew who had to leap for their lives. Nobody was hurt. The road had been adapted to look like a motorway near London for the scene. Signs for Cromer and Fakenham had been changed to Reigate and Gatwick Airport.
1981 A52 Nottingham Outer Ring Road Nottinghamshire 7th section. Gamston Lings Bar Road opened from the A606 Melton Road at Edwalton to the A52 Radcliffe Road at Gamston. Only 0.3 mile at Edwalton end and 0.8 mile at Gamston end was dual carriageway. The Ring Road from Derby Road to Melton Road, Edwalton was also renumbered A52
1981 A59, A65 Skipton Yorkshire Skipton Bypass
1981 A71 East Calder to Mid Calder West Lothian East Calder & Mid Calder Bypass
1981 A835 Tore-Maryburgh Inverness-shire Black Isle improvement, originally numbered A834
1981 A9 Pitlochry Bypass Perthshire The 5 mile section from Moulinearn to Killiecrankie was opened on 19 May 1981 by Lord Mansfield, Minister of State at the Scottish Office. Half was dual carriageway and there were bridges across the River Tummel and Loch Faskally. Cost £12.9 million.
1981 A92 Bourtreebush near Portlethen - Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1981 A929 Powrie Brae - Tealing Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1982 M53 M56 Stoak Interchange - Hoole Cheshire The 3 mile final M53 section from J11 to J12 opened on 30 July 1982 per The Gazette. Contractor A. Monk & Co., tender cost nearly £10 million. It included the M56 slip roads connecting M56 eastbound to M53 southbound.
1982 M602 Eccles to Salford Lancashire Extended from J2 to J3
1982 A17 Walpole Cross Keys to King's Lynn Norfolk Walpole Cross Keys, Terrington St Clement and Clenchwarton Bypass, also known as Marshland Bypass. The 6.5 mile single carriageway road was opened on 14 December 1982 by Lynda Chalker, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Transport. It generally followed the line of the former Midland and Great Northern Railway westwards from Pullover Roundabout. Contractor was Roadworks (1952) Ltd. of Ipswich, cost £5.5 million. Mike Vine, the resident engineer, said that they had decided to raise the road above the surrounding land because the top soil was stronger than the ground underneath. It was great for growing potatoes but not so great for building roads.
1982 A121 Waltham Cross Relief Road Hertfordshire Stage 1: Monarch’s Way. The clearway order commenced 9 October 1982 and there was a mention about the new road in Herts and Essex Observer on 14 October 1982. The dualling of Eleanor Cross Road was part of the same planning permission from 1976.
1982 A66 Appleby Westmorland Appleby Bypass
1982 A68 A69 to Riding Mill Northumberland Corbridge Eastern Bypass
1982 A629 Skipton Yorkshire Skipton Western Bypass
1982 A9 Foulis-Struie Inverness-shire Evanton Bypass
1982 A9 Longman To Charleston Inverness-shire • Ross-shire Opening of the Kessock Bridge
1982 A9 Kingussie-Lynwilg Inverness-shire Loch Insh and Kincraig Bypass
1982 A94 Balnabreich - Brechin Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1982 A94 Brechin - Strathcaro Angus Dualling & Strathcaro Bypass, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1982 A94 Strathcaro - North Water Bridge Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1983 M27 Stoneham - Hedge End Hampshire The 4 miles from J5 to J7 was opened in December 1983 per Hansard.
1983 M54 Wolverhampton - Telford Staffordshire • Shropshire Completion of M54 from M6 to Priorslee Interchange, Telford which was closed at this time
1983 M7 Naas Kildare The Naas bypass was the first motorway to open in the Republic of Ireland. It was D2M and was 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
1983 A1 Belford Bypass Northumberland The single carriageway road was opened on 28 July 1983 by Alan Beith, M.P. for Berwick. Construction began in October 1981. Gleeson Civil Engineering Ltd was the contractor. Cost £3.7 million.
1983 A1 Berwick Upon Tweed and Scremerston Bypass Northumberland The road was officially opened on 4 November 1983 by Nicholas Ridley, Transport Secretary. Whilst he feasted on Tweedmouth salmon, choice steak and the best house wine at Berwick's top 3 star Turret House Hotel 13 construction workers, who had not been invited to the opening, had their own celebrations courtesy of sub-contractor Tilcon with a pie and a pint at the Black Bull in Wardley, Gateshead. They had finished the job on time in September, had cut a ribbon to "open" the road, toasted their work with champagne bottles filled with water and photographed it for posterity! Cost of the road was £6.5 million.
1983 A19 Wolviston to Norton Durham Billingham Diversion
1983 A189 Newcastle to Gateshead Northumberland • Durham New Redheugh Bridge Opened by Diana, Princess Of Wales
1983 A38 A52 to Allestree Derbyshire Derby Western Bypass Stage 3
1983 A41 Hinstock Shropshire Hinstock Bypass
1983 A5 Bangor Caernarfonshire Bangor Bypass, later renumbered as A55 in 2000
1983 A513 Alrewas Bypass Staffordshire The 1.7 mile S2 road was opened on 17 November 1983 by Arthur Cholerton, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council. It included a flyover at A38, removing the dangerous at grade crossing to the north. Contractor was R.M. Douglas Construction Ltd, cost £4 million.
1983 A5027 Upton Bypass Cheshire Phase 1 - the Southern section from B5139 Old Greasby Road to Ford Road opened on 12 December 1983.
1983 A66 Boldron Durham Boldron Bypass
1983 A66 Bowes Durham Bowes Bypass
1983 A78 Loans to Barrasie Ayrshire Loans Bypass
1983 A9 Auchterader to Aberuthen Perthshire Auchterarder & Aberuthen Bypass
1983 A9 Moulinearn to Kindallachan Perthshire Ballinluig Bypass
1983 A929 Myrekirk Road, Dundee - Liff Road, Dundee Angus Dundee Bypass Dualling phase 2, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1984 M27 Chilworth - Stoneham Hampshire The 2.5 miles from the west end of J4 to J5, and the eastern spur to the then A33 (now M3) at J4, opened on 24 July 1984 per the Gazette (Hansard also states July 1984). It completed the M27 from Cadnam to Portsbridge.
1984 M65 Whitebirk - Burnley Lancashire Opened as D3M, in expectation of traffic increases during later extensions.
1984 A30 Hayle and Connor Downs Bypass Cornwall The 7 mile single carriageway road (with crawler lanes on hills) from Polstrong (Camborne) to St. Erth was opened on 8 November 1984 by John Daniel, Penwith’s Chairman, and Brian Capper, Hayle Town Mayor. It included the 218 yard, 6 span concrete viaduct at The Causeway spanning the River Hayle and railway line. Consulting Engineers were Freeman Fox and Partners, contractor was Sir Alfred McAlpine and Son, cost £13 million.
1984 A47 Wisbech Bypass Cambridgeshire • Norfolk Also Walton Highway Bypass. The 7 mile single carriageway road was opened on 28 June 1984 by Frances Roualle and Robert James, Chairpersons of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire County Councils. Contractor was May Gurney of Norwich, total cost £6.3 million.
1984 A420 Shrivenham Bypass Berkshire Opened by Lynda Chalker, Minister of Transport.
1984 A69 Bardon Mill Northumberland Bardon Mill Bypass
1984 A9 Killiecrankie to Calvine Perthshire Blair Atholl Bypass
1984 A92 Stonehaven Bypass Kincardineshire The 5 mile dual carriageway was opened on 19 November 1984 by Michael Ancram, Scottish Office Minister. Contractor was Fairclough, cost £13 million. The section from Dunnottar Intersection to Stonehaven Junction was later renumbered as A90.
1984 A984 Kylesku Bridge Sutherland Replacing ferry
1985 M3 Popham - Bar End, Winchester Hampshire The 9.75 mile southward extension between J8 Popham and J9 Winnall Interchange, Winchester opened on 22 May 1985 and the 1.8 miles from J9 to J10 Bar End, Winchester on 14 August 1985 per The Gazette.
1985 M42 Portway -Monkspath Warwickshire The 5.5 mile south-westwards extension from J3 to J4 opened on 2 September 1985 per The Gazette.
1985 M42 Coleshill - Tamworth Warwickshire The 10 mile northwards extension from J7a to J10 was opened on 18 December 1985 by Lynda Chalker, Minister of Transport. The previous temporary northern access terminus, just to the north of M6, with the unclassified Coleshill Heath Road was closed. Contractor was Fairclough Civil Engineering and contract cost £23 million. The 1.5 mile section between J7a and the River Cole had been constructed in 1976 but unopened.
1985 A1 Alnwick to Charlton Mires Northumberland Alnwick Bypass stage 2 - 4.3 miles single carriageway.
1985 A11 Attleborough Norfolk Attleborough Bypass as single carriageway,later dualled in 2007
1985 A118 Ilford Essex Winston Way
1985 A134 Stoke Ferry Bypass Norfolk The 2 mile single carriageway road was opened on 8 August 1985 by Paul Hawkins, MP for South-west Norfolk. A short stretch between Furlong Road and Boughton Road had opened in February 1985. Contractor was May Gurney, cost £2.65 million.
1985 A1083 Ilford Essex Griggs Approach
1985 A38 Plympton to Tamar Bridge Devon Plymouth Bypass
1985 A38 Bromsgrove Worcestershire Bromsgrove Bypass
1985 A41 Pave Lane to Chetwynd Park Shropshire Newport Bypass
1985 A46, A158 Thorpe On The Hill to Bunkers Hill Lincolnshire Lincoln Bypass
1985 A428 St Neots Bedfordshire St Neots Bypass
1985 A50 Blythe Bridge - Uttoxeter Staffordshire The 8.5 mile two lane dual carriageway, between the bypasses, opened on 3 April 1985. The first part of the Stoke - Derby Link. Apart from about 0.6 mile at the eastern end, the carriageways were constructed in concrete, laid by a SGME rail-mounted paving train. There were 13 bridges but no intermediate intersections. Contractor was A. Monk and Company, contract cost £16 million. The construction signboards showed the A564 number but maps showed A50.
1985 A55 Colwyn Bay Denbighshire • Caernarfonshire Colwyn Bay Bypass
1985 A579 Pennington to Atherton Lancashire A579 Atherleigh Way opened, bypassing Leigh to the west of the town.
1985 A66 Blackwell to Little Burdon Durham Darlington Bypass
1985 A721, A775 Bellshill Lanarkshire Bellshill Town Centre Bypass
1985 A835 Maryburgh to Brahan Ross-shire Bypassing of Moy bridge
1985 A94 Laurencekirk Bypass Kincardineshire The dual carriageway was opened on 30 May 1985. Contractor was Shanks and McEwen (Contractors) Ltd., cost £6.8 million. Later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1985 A94 Laurencekirk - Fiddes Kincardineshire Dualling - opened on 10 July 1985. Later renumbered to A90 in 1994.
1985 A929 Tealing - Tarbrax Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1985 B4066 Berkeley Bypass Gloucestershire Opened on 19 April 1985 per Central News clip held by MACE Archive. The link to Sharpness Docks may have opened at the same time.
1986 M25 Swanley to Chevening Kent M25 Junctions 3 to 5 built.
1986 M42 Lickey End - Portway Worcestershire • Warwickshire The 7.1 mile westwards extension from J1 to J3 opened on 5 June 1986 per The Gazette.
1986 M42 Tamworth - Appleby Magna Warwickshire • Leicestershire The 7.5 mile northwards extension from J10 to J11 opened on 7 August 1986 per The Gazette. J11 is the northernmost junction on M42.
1986 M74 Larkhall - Poniel Lanarkshire Upgrade of existing A74 dual carriageway to motorway standard from J8 to J11.
1986 A1(M) Hatfield Bypass Hertfordshire 3.3 mile Motorway extension from J2 to Stanborough temporary junction (0.8 mile south of J5, about 148 yards north of the new A1 bridge crossing the then A6129 Stanborough Road (later B197), see 1973 entry). Included the Hatfield Tunnel. The northern 0.5 mile at Stanborough utilsed the existing A1.
1986 A1 Musselburgh Bypass East Lothian • Midlothian The 5.7 mile dual carriageway from Brunstane to Dolphingstone Junction, west of Tranent was opened in December 1986.
1986 A1 Tranent Bypass East Lothian The 3.6 mile road from Dolphingstone Junction to a temporary connection to Main Road, adjacent to Macmerry Industrial Estate was opened on 27 March 1986. The western section was dual carriageway, the section east of Bankton Junction was single carriageway.
1986 A148 Fakenham Northern Bypass Norfolk Cheake Road to Holt Road. Opened on 21 August 1986 by Ralph Howell, MP for North Norfolk. Contractor was May Gurney, cost £1.9 million.
1986 A21 Badger's Mount Kent A21 rerouted north of Badger's Mount to meet M25 J4, remaining A21 from Badger's Mount to Morants Court downgraded to the A224.
1986 A31 Ferndown Dorset Ferndown Bypass
1986 A34 Gore Hill Dualling Berkshire The 2.6 mile online improvement between Chilton and East Ilsley opened in December 1986 per TRL334 although a Reading Evening Post report on 22 January 1987 said that it was completed but still awaited opening. It included the Bury Lane interchange.
1986 A4150 Wolverhampton Inner Ring Road Staffordshire Final section, Ring Road St. David's
1986 A5 , A483 Oswestry and Gobowen Bypass Shropshire Opened 22 December 1986, 6 months ahead of schedule.
1986 A50, A5008 Hanley Eastern Bypass Staffordshire Potteries Way. The 1.25 mile dual carriageway from Waterloo Road to Broad Street was opened on 14 October 1986 by Harry Oakes, Lord Mayor, and Arthur Cholerton, Staffordshire County Council Chairman. Contractor was Balfour Beatty, cost £14 million.
1986 A57 Worksop Nottinghamshire Worksop Bypass
1986 A59 Mellor Brook Lancashire Mellor Brook diversion, minor improvement bypassing bottleneck.
1986 A69 Greenhead Northumberland Greenhead Bypass
1986 A75 Creetown Kirkcudbrightshire Creetown Bypass
1986 A75 Gatehouse Of Fleet Kirkcudbrightshire Gatehouse Of Fleet Bypass
1986 A82 Inverness Inverness-shire Opening of Friars Bridge and re routing of A82 to Longman Roundabout.
1986 A9 Struie-Milnafua Inverness-shire Alness Bypass
1986 A9 Killiecrankie Perthshire Killiecrankie Viaduct
1986 A9 Broxden to Inveralmond Perthshire Perth Western Bypass
1986 A9 Dalreoch to Burnside Perthshire Improvement at the Cairnie Braes
1986 A929 Invergowrie - Myrekirk Road, Dundee Angus Dundee Bypass Dualling Phase 3, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1986 Unclassified Blackpool Central Railway Route Lancashire Link from M55 to Blackpool town centre car parks, built on line of former railway. Road named after Harry L. Yeadon, the former County Surveyor.
1986 - Inverness Relief Road Inverness-shire Stage 1 - Telford Street to Shore Street via the new Friars Bridge was opened on 23 December 1986 by John Young, Chairman of Highland Region road and transport committee. The concrete three span bridge cost £6 million. Main contractor was Edmund Nuttall Ltd. Renumbered as A82 after stage 2 opened in 1989.
1987 M42 M5 Southern Link - Lickey End Worcestershire The 1.6 mile southern link from M5 J4a Catshill Interchange to M42 J1 was opened on 18 March 1987 by John Moore, Transport Secretary. Cost £4.3 million. It completed the M42 apart from the M5 Northern link road.
1987 M74 Poniel to Millbank Lanarkshire Extended from J11 to J12 replacing A74
1987 A1 Stannington Bypass Northumberland The 2.7 mile dual carriageway from Stannington Bridge to Clifton was fully opened in October 1987. This completed the dual carriageway between north Newcastle upon Tyne and Morpeth.
1987 A10 Buntingford Bypass Hertfordshire 2.6 mile single carriageway road. Opened in June 1987 per Hansard written answer. Opened by Jonathan Ling, Chairman of Buntingford Town Council. Works cost £4 million.
1987 A12 Martlesham Bypass Suffolk 1.5 mile dual carriageway from the Kesgrave roundabout to Woodbridge bypass. Opened in November 1987 per Hansard written answer. Estimated works cost £9.1 million.
1987 A19, A63 Riccall and Barlby Bypass Yorkshire Opened in November 1987 per Hansard written answer. Contractor was Shand. Estimated works cost £5.2 million.
1987 A1068 Hadston Northumberland Hadston Bypass
1987 A2 Falconwood to Kidbrooke Kent HQDC A2 closely following the railway west of Falconwood. Old Rochester Way downgraded to an unclassified route as well as the A209 Welling Way following suit.
1987 A20 Ruxley Bypass Kent HQDC from Crittalls Corner to Birchwood Corner bypassing the old route at Ruxley (now the B2173 and A223). Part of the Sidcup Bypass Improvement Scheme. Opened in November 1987 per a Hansard written answer.
1987 A27 Havant to Chichester Hampshire Emsworth Bypass
1987 A30 Whiddon Down to Tongue End Devon South Zeal Bypass
1987 A39 Bideford Devon Bideford Bypass
1987 A373 Tiverton Devon D2 section of what is now the NDLR.
1987 A43 Brackley Bypass Northamptonshire • Buckinghamshire Oxford Road to Northampton Road. Completed August 1987 per Hansard written answer. Works cost estimate £10 million.
1987 A46 Stratford Upon Avon Warwickshire Stratford Upon Avon Bypass
1987 A47 Wardley Hill Improvement Rutland 1.4 mile offline route from east of Alexton to east of Wardley. Opened in October 1987 per Hansard written answer. Works cost estimate £1.7 million.
1987 A413 Amersham Bypass Buckinghamshire Construction started in April 1986 with forecast completion in October 1987. It may have opened later.
1987 A435 Evesham Eastern Bypass Worcestershire 4 mile single carriageway opened in July 1987. Works cost £7 million. Later renumbered A46 apart from the A46 to Evesham Road, Twyford connection at the north end which is A44.
1987 A456 Bewdley Bypass Worcestershire Officially opened on 12 June 1987 by Sir James Scott-Hopkins, MEP for North Worcestershire. Contractor was A. Monk and Co. Plc, forecast cost £5 million. The 3 mile single carriageway road from Long Bank to Kidderminster Road included a bridge over River Severn.
1987 A483 , A539 Ruabon and Johnston Bypass Denbighshire Per Hansard 16 March 1987 it was expected to open on 22 May 1987, subject to no difficulties. Dual Carriageway. It included the A539 Wynnstay Link. Estimated cost in 1994 was £17.4 million.
1987 A500 Barthomley M6 Link Road Cheshire The 3.5 mile single carriageway road linking South Cheshire to M6, from Weston Hall to M6 J16, was opened on 21 July 1987 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. Contractor was Alfred McAlpine, cost £9 million. The section west of Meremoor Moss Roundabout was later renumbered A531. In addition Cheshire County Council constructed the A5020 (now B5472) link from Meremoor Moss Roundabout to Crewe Hall and the 0.5 mile B5078 diversion to connect to M6 J16.
1987 A595 Thursby Bypass Cumberland 1 mile single carriageway bypass, opened on 28 August 1987.
1987 A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge Bypass Derbyshire • Cheshire The 4.5 mile dual carriageway was opened on 11 August 1987 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads. Contractor was Tarmac Construction Ltd. The increase in costs was brought up in Parliament on 29 July 1988. The tender cost after the inflation clause increase was £20 million but the certified payment to the contractor was £33.66 million. Unexpected ground conditions was given as the reason.
1987 A71 Kilmarnock Ayrshire Kilmarnock Southern Bypass
1987 A85 Dundee: Riverside Drive Extension Angus Riverside Avenue from Riverside Drive westwards to Perth Road. The 0.75 mile road opened on 23 February 1987 with official opening on 6 March 1987 by Donald Dewar, Shadow Scottish Secretary. Contractor was Balfour Beatty Construction (Scotland) Ltd, cost £2.2 million.
1987 A96 Auldearn bypass Nairnshire The 1.7 mile single carriageway road was opened on 3 July 1987 by Lord Sanderson. Contractor was Morrison Construction and cost £1.7 million. The alignment was slightly altered to protect badgers and a badger tunnel inserted.
1987 A929, A94 Forfar Angus Forfar Bypass. Contractor was Shanks and McEwen (Contractors) Ltd.. Renumbered to A90 in 1994
1987 B2015 Pembury Northern Bypass Kent 1.6 mile direct link to A264 junction on A21 Pembury Bypass (opened 1988). Scheme designed by Kent County Council. Later renumbered A228 (this number was used in planning.
1988 A10 Melbourn Bypass Cambridgeshire The 2.8 mile single carriageway road was opened in July 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. Contractor was A.S. Budge, forecast cost £3.5 million.
1988 A199 Portobello Midlothian Portobello Bypass
1988 A21 Pembury Bypass Kent The 2.8 mile dual carriageway from North Farm Roundabout to Kippings Cross Roundabout was opened on 6 May 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. A dual 2 lane road with 7.3m wide carriageways, 1m marginal strips and a 2.5m central reservation. Contractor was M.J. Gleeson Group, tender value £7.5 million.
1988 A30 Blackwater Bypass Cornwall Opened in June 1988 per Hansard written answer.
1988 A30 Okehampton Bypass Devon The 5.3 mile dual carriageway was opened on 19 July 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. Contractor was Mowlem (Civil Engineers), cost £16.6 million. It included 2.2 miles of split carriageways in a steep cutting.
1988 A35 Bridport Link Road Dorset Opened on 19 July 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic.
1988 A35 Dorchester Dorset Dorchester Bypass
1988 A36, A350 Warminster Bypass Wiltshire The west section from A36 Bath Road to A350 Deverill Road was opened on 31 October 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. Nick Swan joined in the Halloween spirit, being dressed as a witch complete with broomstick with cat on it, and was the first cyclist to use the road. The south-east section from Deverill Road to A36 Heytesbury Cotley Hill Roundabout was to open 6 – 8 weeks later. Contractor was Alfred McAlpine Construction, cost £12 million. It is unclear if the A350 north-west section, constructed at the same time by Wiltshire County Council for £1.3 million, was opened on the same date.
1988 A38 Saltash Cornwall Saltash Bypass & Tunnel
1988 A303 Ilminster Bypass Somerset Horton to South Petherton, also bypass of Horton, Seavington and Watergore. Officially opened on 19 July 1988 by Peter Bottomley, Minister for Roads and Traffic. A final section was opened on 25 August 1988 by Councillor Mrs Clarke, Chairperson of South Somerset District Council. Contractor was A. F. Budge.
1988 A43 Towcester Bypass Northamptonshire Completed February 1988 per Hansard written answer. Works cost estimate £6.3 million.
1988 A406 Woodford to Barking Essex Dual carriageway relief road connecting the M11 in the north with the A13 to the south. Charlie Brown's to Gants Hill renumbered the A1400 but remained a primary route.
1988 A417 Birdlip Bypass Gloucestershire Opened in 1988/89 per Hansard written answer. Contractor was Biwater Construction Ltd., contract cost £1.93 million, total cost £2.4 million.
1988 A591 Staveley Bypass Westmorland Opened December 1988 per Staveley & District History Society. Expected cost £4 million.
1988 A64 Seamer and Crossgates Bypass Yorkshire Opened 5 February 1988 by Sir Michael Shaw, MP. Cost £5 million.
1988 A65 Settle Yorkshire Settle Bypass
1988 A69 Horsley to Corbridge Northumberland Dualling
1988 A629 Steeton and Utley Bypass Yorkshire Airedale Improvement Scheme - section 1. The 4.2 mile dual carriageway between Kildwick and Hard Ings Road, Beechcliffe, Keighley was opened on 2 August 1988 per Hansard. Construction cost £20 million.
1988 A650 Riddlesden Bypass Yorkshire Airedale Improvement Scheme - section 2. The 2 mile dual carriageway and 0.2 mile S2 spur between Victoria Park, Keighley and Crossflatts was opened in October 1988 per Hansard. Construction cost £16 million. The Crossflatts spur became the B6265 spur when the A650 Bingley relief road opened in 2003.
1988 A688 Bishop Auckland Bypass Durham The 2 mile single carriageway was to be opened on 20 January 1988 by Councillor Bob Pendlebury, Chairman of Durham County Council. It included diverting the River Gaunless and assembling the biggest corrugated steel culvert in Europe. Cost £4.2 million.
1988 A720 Edinburgh Midlothian City of Edinburgh Bypass
1988 A89 Parkhead, Glasgow Lanarkshire Parkhead Bypass
1988 A96 Forres bypass Moray The 1.9 mile single carriageway road was opened on 21 September 1988 by Lord J. Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish Office Minister. Contractor was Morrison Construction and cost £3.5 million.
1988 A929 Forfar Road, Dundee - Powrie Brae Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1988 - Burton-upon-Trent Staffordshire Wellington Road extension officially opened in January 1988. It connected Burton to A38 Branston Interchange avoiding Branston. Later renumbered A5121.
1989 M40 Longbridge, Warwick - M42 Umberslade Warwickshire The 11 mile northernmost section of M40 from J15 to M42 J3a was opened on 19 December 1989 by Robert Atkins, Minister for Roads and Traffic. Cost £50 million. The initial Layout at Umberslade Interchange had a single 50 m.p.h. M40 lane becoming the third lane of the northbound M42, with 2 lanes of 70 m.p.h. M42 traffic on the inside. It was quite nerve-wracking for some drivers and the local MP and the A.A. condemned the design.
1989 A17 Gedney to Sutton bridge Lincolnshire Long Sutton Bypass
1989 A142 Witchford Bypass Cambridgeshire Constructed in 1989 per the village Neighbourhood Plan. Ordnance Survey Road Atlas 1990 showed projected opening as late 1989.
1989 A1068 Ellington Northumberland Ellington Bypass
1989 A21 Robertsbridge Bypass Sussex 1 mile single carriageway
1989 A30 Penzance Cornwall Penzance Bypass
1989 A34 Whitway Bypass Hampshire The 4 mile dual carriageway from Tot Hill (just south of interchange) to 0.85 mile north of Litchfield church was opened on 8 February 1989 by Lord Carnarvon of nearby Highclere Castle. Cost £6.5 million.
1989 A307, A308 Kingston upon Thames Relief Road Surrey The 2.2 mile system which encircled the town apart from the western River Thames side was opened on 30 July 1989. It included some new build as well as utilising existing roads and included a "tunnel" on Horsefair under the John Lewis building. Cost £20 million.
1989 A42 Ashby and Measham Bypass Leicestershire The 6 mile dual 2 lane road from M42 J11 to A511 Flagstaff Interchange, east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, was opened on 11 August 1989 by Patrick McLoughlin, Under Secretary of State for Shipping and Civil Aviation. Consultants were Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and the contractor A.F. Budge (Contractors) Ltd.. Construction on the Castle Donington section was inaugurated on the same day.
1989 A46 Tollbar End to Ansty Warwickshire Coventry Eastern Bypass
1989 A4169 Ironbridge Bypass Shropshire The western section of the 3.5 mile single carriageway road was opened on 23 March 1989. The carriageway was 7.3m wide and had one metre wide hard strips. A climbing lane was provided on the steep gradients. The eastern section (west of Castlefields Roundabout) had opened in March 1988. Contractor was A. Monk and Co., cost £8 million.
1989 A55 Northop Bypass Flintshire Dual carriageway. Opened at end of June 1989. Cost £14 million.
1989 A75 Annan Bypass Dumfriesshire Opened on 11 August 1989. 9 miles. Cost £17 million. Also bypassed Rigg, Eastriggs and Dornoch.
1989 A75 Glenluce Bypass Wigtownshire The 3 mile road from Mains of Park to Dervaid Loch was officially opened on 4 August 1989 by Ian Lang, Ministry of State for Industry and Education. Traffic had been using the road for 10 weeks previous. Designed and supervised by Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners. Contractor was W. and J. Barr and Sons (Scotland) Ltd. of Ayr. Cost £6.8 million. 12,000 trees were planted to improve the visual impact of the road.
1989 A82 Inverness Relief Road Inverness-shire Stage 2 - Shore Street to Longman Roundabout was completed in June 1989. 0.8 mile dual carriageway. Contractor was Morrison Construction Ltd.
1989 A82 Auchentulloch to Arden Dunbartonshire Realignment
1989 A830 Glasmacardoch Bay to Mallaig Inverness-shire Mallaig Bypass
1989 A92 Balmedie Bypass Aberdeenshire The 4.3 mile dual carriageway from 0.1 mile north of B999 Mundurno Roundabout to just north of Balvenie was fully opened on 13 February 1989 (a 1.5 mile section had opened on 15 December 1988). South of Balvinie it was a mixture of new sections and online upgrade. Cost £6 million. Renumbered A90 in 1994.
1989 A92 Ellon Bypass and Tipperty Diversion Aberdeenshire The 3.7 mile road was opened on 30 June 1989 by Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish Office Environment Minister. Dual carriageway section between Ellon South Road roundabout and Tipperty. It included a 3 span bridge over River Ythan. Contractor was Balfour Beattie Construction (Scotland) Ltd., cost £5 million. Later renumbered A90.
1989 A94 Near Drumlithie - Stonehaven Kincardineshire Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1989 - Mabe Burnthouse Bypass Cornwall Treliever Roundabout to Kernick Roundabout. Opened on 9 October 1989. Originally built to improve access to Kernick Industrial Estate. Became part of A39 Penryn Bypass in 1994. Contractor was Alfred McAlpine Construction Ltd., cost £2.1 million.

Other changes in 1980s

Network changes - 1980s
Historical Information
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