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 Traditional County Notes
1980 M26 Chevening to Addington Green Kent Entire Motorway
1980 A5 Stony Stratford to Bletchley Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Bypass
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
1980 A1079 A1035 to Dunswell Yorkshire Beverley Bypass
1980 A52 Spondon Derbyshire Borrowash Bypass Extension
1980 A66 Greta Bridge County Durham Greta Bridge
1980 M876 North Broomage to Bowtrees Stirlingshire Including M9 multiplex
1981 A15 Hessle to Barton Upon Humber Yorkshire
Lincolnshire
Opening of Humber Bridge
1981 A47 Swaffham Norfolk Swaffham bypass
1981 M67 M60 to Denton Lancashire
Cheshire
Denton Bypass
1981 A59, A65 Skipton Yorkshire Skipton Bypass
1981 A2 Upper Harbledown to Bridge Kent Canterbury bypass
1981 A71 East Calder to Mid Calder West Lothian East Calder & Mid Calder Bypass
1981 A9 Moulinearn-Killiecrankie Perthshire Pitlochry Bypass
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
1981 A835 Tore-Maryburgh Inverness-shire Black Isle improvement, originally numbered A834
1981 A1 Felton Northumberland Felton Bypass
1981 A1 Ayton Berwickshire Ayton Bypass
1982 A68 A69 to Riding Mill Northumberland Corbridge Eastern 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
1982 A629 Skipton Yorkshire Skipton Western Bypass
1982 A66 Appleby Westmorland Appleby Bypass
1982 A9 Foulis-Struie Invernessshire Evanton Bypass
1982 M602 Eccles to Salford Lancashire Extended from J2 to J3
1982 A9 Longman To Charleston Inverness-shire
Ross-shire
Opening of the Kessock Bridge
1982 A9 Kingussie-Lynwilg Invernessshire Loch Insh and Kincraig Bypass
1983 A9 Auchterader to Aberuthen Perthshire Auchterarder & Aberuthen Bypass
1983 A1 Belford Northumberland Belford Bypass
1983 A189 Newcastle to Gateshead Northumberland
Durham
New Redheugh Bridge Opened by Diana, Princess Of Wales
1983 A19 Wolviston to Norton Durham Billingham Diversion
1983 A9 Moulinearn to Kindallachan Perthshire Ballinluig Bypass
1983 A78 Loans to Barrasie Ayrshire Loans Bypass
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 A66 Boldron County Durham Boldron Bypass
1983 A66 Bowes County Durham Bowes Bypass
1983 A929 Myrekirk Road, Dundee - Liff Road, Dundee Angus Dundee Bypass Dualling phase 2, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1983 M54 Wolverhampton - Telford Staffordshire
Shropshire
Completion of M54 from M6 to Priorslee Interchange, Telford which was closed at this time
1983 M7 Naas County Kildare The Naas by-pass was the first motorway to open in the Republic of Ireland. It was D2M & was 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
1983 A1 Berwick Upon Tweed to Scremerston Northumberland Berwick Bypass
1984 A90 Stonehaven Kincardineshire Stonehaven Bypass originally as A92 before it was changed into A90 in 1990s.
1984 A9 Killiecrankie to Calvine Perthshire Blair Atholl Bypass
1984 A69 Bardon Mill Northumberland Bardon Mill Bypass
1984 A984 Kylesku Bridge Sutherland Replacing ferry
1984 M65 Whitebirk - Burnley Lancashire Opened as D3M, in expectation of traffic increases during later extensions.
1985 A38 Plympton to Tamar Bridge Devon Plymouth Bypass
1985 A38 Bromsgrove Worcestershire Bromsgrove Bypass
1985 A30 Camborne to Hayle Cornwall Connor Downs Bypass
1985 A30 Hayle Cornwall Hayle Bypass
1985 A1083 Ilford Essex Griggs Approach
1985 A118 Ilford Essex Winston Way
1985 A94 Laurencekirk Kincardineshire Laurencekirk Bypass, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1985 A94 Laurenceirk - Near Drumlithie Kincardineshire Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1985 A929 Tealing - Tarbrax Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1985 A34 A303 to Winchester Hampshire Sutton Scotney Bypass
1985 A835 Maryburgh to Brahan Ross-shire Bypassing of Moy bridge
1985 A41 Pave Lane to Chetwynd Park Shropshire Newport Bypass
1985 A55 Colwyn Bay Denbighshire
Caernarfonshire
Colwyn Bay Bypass
1985 A46, A158 Thorpe On The Hill to Bunkers Hill Lincolnshire Lincoln Bypass
1985 A66 Blackwell to Little Burdon County Durham Darlington Bypass
1985 A11 Attleborough Norfolk Attleborough Bypass as single carriageway,later dualled in 2007
1985 A579 Pennington to Atherton Lancashire A579 Atherleigh Way opened, bypassing Leigh to the west of the town.
1985 A721, A775 Bellshill Lanarkshire Bellshill Town Centre Bypass
1985 A428 St Neots Bedfordshire St Neots Bypass
1985 A1 Alnwick to South Charlton Northumberland Alnwick Bypass stage 2
1986 A1(M) Hatfield Hertfordshire Hatfield Bypass extended from J2 to J4 replacing A1
1986 A69 Greenhead Northumberland Greenhead Bypass
1986 A75 Creetown Kirkcudbrightshire Creetown Bypass
1986 A31 Ferndown Dorset Ferndown Bypass
1986 A75 Gatehouse Of Fleet Kirkcudbrightshire Gatehouse Of Fleet Bypass
1986 M25 Swanley to Chevening Kent M25 Junctions 3 to 5 built.
1986 A57 Worksop Nottinghamshire Worksop Bypass
1986 A1 Tranent to Macmerry East Lothian Tranent Bypass
1986 A1 Thirston to Felton Northumberland Thirston & Felton Bypass
1986 A1 Stannington Northumberland Stannington Bypass
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 A595 Thursby Cumberland Thursby Bypass
1986 A929 Invergowrie - Myrekirk Road, Dundee Angus Dundee Bypass Dualling Phase 3, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1986 A4150 Wolverhampton Inner Ring Road Staffordshire Final section, Ring Road St. David's
1986 A59 Mellor Brook Lancashire Mellor Brook diversion, minor improvement bypassing bottleneck.
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 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 A82 Inverness Inverness-shire Opening of Friars Bridge and re routing of A82 to Longman Roundabout.
1986 M74 Larkhall - Poniel Lanarkshire Upgrade of existing A74 dual carriageway to motorway standard from J8 to J11.
1987 M74 Poniel to Millbank Lanarkshire Extended from J11 to J12 replacing A74
1987 A30 Whiddon Down to Tongue End Devon South Zeal Bypass
1987 A39 Bideford Devon Bideford Bypass
1987 A46 Stratford Upon Avon Warwickshire Stratford Upon Avon Bypass
1987 A46 Evesham Worcestershire Evesham Eastern Bypass
1987 A1068 Hadston Northumberland Hadston Bypass
1987 A1 Musselburgh East Lothian Musselburgh Bypass
1987 A929, A94 Forfar Angus Forfar Bypass, originally A929/A94, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
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 A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith Derbyshire Chapel-en-le-Frith dual carriageway bypass
1987 A20 Ruxley Kent HQDC A20 bypassing the old route at Ruxley now the B2173 and A223
1987 A373 Tiverton Devon D2 section of what is now the NDLR.
1987 A71 Kilmarnock Ayrshire Kilmarnock Southern Bypass
1987 A27 Havant to Chichester Hampshire Emsworth Bypass
1988 A35 Dorchester Dorset Dorchester Bypass
1988 A65 Settle Yorkshire Settle Bypass
1988 A69 Horsley to Corbridge Northumberland Dualling
1988 A20 Ruxley, London Kent Ruxley Bypass
1988 A199 Portobello Midlothian Portobello Bypass
1988 A929 Forfar Road, Dundee - Powrie Brae Angus Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994
1988 A30 Okehampton Devon Okehampton Bypass
1988 A38 Saltash Cornwall Saltash Bypass & Tunnel
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 A720 Edinburgh Midlothian City of Edinburgh Bypass
1988 A89 Parkhead, Glasgow Lanarkshire Parkhead Bypass
1989 A75 Annan Dumfriesshire Annan Bypass
1989 A75 Glenluce Wigtownshire Glenluce Bypass
1989 A1068 Ellington Northumberland Ellington Bypass
1989 A830 Glasmacardoch Bay to Mallaig Inverness-shire Mallaig Bypass
1989 A82 Auchentulloch to Arden Dunbartonshire Realignment
1989 A17 Gedney to Sutton bridge Lincolnshire Long Sutton Bypass
1989 A46 Tollbar End to Ansty Warwickshire Coventry Eastern Bypass
1989 A96 Forres Morayshire Forres Bypass
1989 A30 Penzance Cornwall Penzance Bypass
1989 A92 Aberdeen to Balmedie Aberdeenshire Balmedie Bypass and Dualling, renumbered to A90 in 1994
1989 A94 Near Drumlithie - Stonehaven Kincardineshire Dualling, later renumbered to A90 in 1994

Other changes in 1980s



Network changes - 1980s
Historical Information
1922 Road Lists Class IZone 1 • Zone 2 • Zone 3 • Zone 4 • Zone 5 • Zone 6 • Zone 7 • Zone 8 • Zone 9 • Northern Ireland
1922 Road Lists Class IIZone 1 • Zone 2 • Zone 3 • Zone 4 • Zone 5 • Zone 6 • Zone 7 • Zone 8 • Zone 9 • Northern Ireland
1935 Road numbering revisionZone 1 • Zone 2 • Zone 3 • Zone 4 • Zone 5 • Zone 6 • Zone 7 • Zone 8 • Zone 9
Mass renumbering schemes1922 Draft Road Lists • 1924 A1 Renumbering • 1920s South Buckinghamshire Renumbering • 1933 A30 Renumbering • 1933 Scotland Renumbering Proposals • 1934 A82 Renumbering • Tyneside Renumberings • Motorway linked Renumberings • Republic of Ireland T and L roads
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