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Network changes - 2010s

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A list of the changes to the road network in Great Britain from 2010 - 2019. Includes road openings and renumberings.

Road Openings



Year Number on opening Location County Notes
2010 A16 Crowland – Spalding Lincolnshire The 8.4 mile northern section of the Eye to Spalding scheme, from Crowland southern roundabout to Spalding Bypass including the new Crowland Bypass, was reported to be opening in a few weeks in a Lincolnshire County Council report of 22 September 2010. The southern 4 miles from Crowland to Eye Green was unable to be opened due to a weak embankment causing cracks in the road. This section was reported on 16 October 2011 as opened.
2010 A34 Alderley Edge Bypass Cheshire The 3 mile single carriageway road was opened on 19 November 2010 by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Named "Melrose Way" after Margaret Melrose who started campaigning for the road 43 years previously. Contractor Birse Civils, cost £52 million.
2010 A421 Bedford to M1 Bedfordshire Marston Moretaine Bypass
2011 M74 Glasgow Lanarkshire Completion of the M74 in Glasgow.
2011 M80 Stepps to Haggs Dunbartonshire • Lanarkshire • Stirlingshire Completion of the M80
2011 A1(M) Baldersby to Dishforth Interchange Yorkshire The 2.6 mile section from J50 to J49 opened on 6 October 2011. It was an upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway.
2011 A16 Eye, Peterborough – Crowland Northamptonshire • Lincolnshire The 4.5 mile southern section from Eye bypass to Crowland southern roundabout was reported on 16 October 2011 as opened and completed the Eye to Spalding scheme. Contractor for the scheme was Morgan Sindall, cost £80 million. This section had been unable to open with the northern section in 2010 due to a weak embankment causing cracks in the road.
2011 A19 Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland • Durham Opening of New Tyne Crossing
2011 A3 Hindhead Surrey Opening of Hindhead Tunnel.
2011 A38 Selly Oak, Birmingham Worcestershire Selly Oak Bypass
2011 A40 Robeston Wathen Pembrokeshire Robeston Wathen Bypass
2011 A487 Minffordd to Tremadog Caernarfonshire Porthmadog & Tremadog Bypass
2011 A601 Derby Derbyshire Completion of Derby Inner Ring Road.
2011 A75 Cairntop to Barlae Wigtownshire Dualling
2011 A9 Crubenmore-Glentruim Inverness-shire Dualling
2011 A96 Mosstodloch Bypass Moray The 1.3 mile single carriageway road (with overtaking lanes) between Cowfords Roundabout and Coul Brae Roundabout was opened on 27 September 2011 by Keith Brown, Transport Minister. This was Stage 1 of the Fochabers and Mosstodloch Bypass.
2012 M25 Cobham Surrey Cobham services open
2012 A1(M) Leeming to Baldersby Yorkshire The 10.1 mile section from J51 to J50 opened on 31 March 2012 (the northbound carriageway opened in two stages: 19 March 2012 - 6.1 miles from 930m south of Gatenby Lane Bridge to J50. 28 March 2012 - 4 miles from J51 to 930m south of Gatenby Lane Bridge). It was an upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway.
2012 A299 Cliffsend Kent Bypass of Cliffsend
2012 A46 Newark to Widmerpool Nottinghamshire 17.5 mile dual carriageway from Farndon Roundabout to Widmerpool Intersection was opened on 31 March 2012 per the Land Compensation Notice. BBC reported on 15 June 2012 that it was officially open. The 3.5 miles between Car Colston and Cropwell Bishop, including the Bingham Interchange, was reported open on 25 November 2011.
2012 A689 Carlisle Cumberland Opening of Carlisle Northern Development Route
2012 A96 Fochabers Bypass Moray The 1.9 mile single carriageway road (with overtaking lanes) was opened on 31 January 2012 by Keith Brown, Transport Minister. This was the 2nd and final stage of the Fochabers and Mosstodloch Bypass which cost £31.5 million. Contractor was Morrison Construction.
2013 M9 Kirkliston West Lothian West facing slip roads added on J1a
2013 A4810 Newport Monmouthshire Upgrade to previously private road
2013 B3174 Clyst Honiton Bypass Devon The 0.7 mile single carriageway road on the east of the village from A30 Airport Junction to London Road was opened on 3 October 2013. It included an 80m tunnel under the end of the runway at Exeter International Airport and opened up direct accesses into the Skypark Business Park, the Intermodal Freight Terminal and the new community of Cranbrook. Cost £9 million.
2014 A11 Barton Mills to Thetford Suffolk The 9 mile dual carriageway from Fiveways Roundabout to Thetford Bypass was officially opened on 12 December 2014 by Patrick Mcloughlin, Secretary of State for Transport. It included the 3.6 mile offline Elvedon Bypass. The upgrade replaced the last single carriageway section on A11. Contractor was Balfour Beatty and cost £105 million.
2014 A223 Handcross Sussex 2.5 Mi section realigned and upgraded to D3 from D2
2014 A272 Haywards Heath Sussex Bypass opened August
2014 A4510 Fordhouses, Wolverhampton Staffordshire New road and M54 J2 changes completed 11 December
2014 A75 Dunragit Bypass Wigtownshire Opened on either 31 March or 1 April 2014. 3.2 mile of WS2+1 carriageway. It also bypassed Challoch Bridge, one of Britain's most bashed railway bridges, having been hit more than 50 times in the previous 7 years. Contractor was R.J. McLeod (Contractors) Ltd. of Glasgow, cost £17 million.
2014 A82 Crianlarich Argyll Bypass opened 23 December
2015 A380 Kingskerswell Bypass Devon South Devon Link Road - the 3.4 mile dual carriageway between Penn Inn Roundabout, Newton Abbot and Hamelin Way, Kerswell Gardens, Torquay was opened on 15 December 2015. Contractor was Galliford Try, cost £110 million.
2015 A82 Loch Lomond Argyll Pulpit Rock realignment
2016 A6 Bedford Western Bypass Bedfordshire Phase 2 - north section. The 1.5 mile single carriageway road and cyclepath/ footpath from A4280 Bromham Road to A6 Clapham Road was opened on 25 April 2016 by Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford. It completed the Western Bypass. Contractor was Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd., cost £18.6 million. Named The Great Ouse Way.
2016 A683 The Bay Gateway Lancashire Lancaster-Heysham Link Road (Phase 2)
2016 A684 Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar Bypass Yorkshire The 3 mile single carriageway road from North Road, Bedale to Northallerton Road via Leeming Interchange was opened on 11 June 2016 by Andrew Jones, Roads Minister. Contractor was Wills Brothers Ltd. and cost was within the £34.5 million budget.
2016 A96 Inveramsay Aberdeenshire Inveramsay railway bridge realignment
2017 M8 Newhouse-Ballieston Lanarkshire Upgrading of A8 to Motorway.
2017 M90 Inverkeithing to South Queensferry Fife • West Lothian Opening of Queensferry Crossing
2017 A1(M) Catterick to Leeming Yorkshire The 5.5 mile section from J52 (the northbound carriageway section was 0.7 miles south of J52, so 4.8 miles long) to J51 opened on 22 September 2017. It was an upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway.
2017 A8(M) Ballieston Lanarkshire Link motorway between M8 and A8
2017 A197 Morpeth Northern Bypass Northumberland The 2.4 mile road from A1 St Leonards Junction to B1337 Whorral Bank Roundabout opened on 4 April 2017. It had a 7.3m single carriageway and 3m footpath/ cycleway. Contractor was Carillion plc, outturn cost £32.6 million.
2017 A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Kent 2.5 mile online and offline dual carriageway was opened on 21 September 2017 by Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat. Contractor was Balfour Beatty, cost £70 million.
2017 A30 Near Bodmin Cornwall Temple - Higher Carblake Dualling
2017 A4174 Bristol Somerset South Bristol Link Road
2017 A556 Over Tabley - Bowdon Cheshire Over Tabley to Bowdon realignment and dual carriageway
2017 A5505 Dunstable Bedfordshire Woodside Link
2017 A6 Broughton Bypass Lancashire James Towers Way, named after a local WW1 hero. The 1.25 mile road was opened on 5 October 2017 by Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse Minister. The section south of B5269 was dual carriageway. Contractor was Hochtief, cost £32 million.
2017 A725 Raith Lanarkshire Underpass for A725 on M74 J5
2017 A8082 Holm Mills to Tomnahurich Inverness-shire Inverness West Link Phase 1
2017 A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Inverness-shire Dualling
2018 A1(M) Barton to Catterick Yorkshire The 4.2 mile section from J56 to 2 miles south of J53 Scotch Corner opened on 26 February 2018. It was an upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway.
2018 A1(M) Catterick Yorkshire The 2 mile section from 2 miles south of J53 Scotch Corner to J52 (the northbound carriageway section was 0.7 miles south of J52 so 2.7 miles long) opened on 29 March 2018 (note that this was later than the Gazette notice of 26 February 2018). It was an upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway.
2018 A142 Ely Southern Bypass Cambridgeshire The 1 mile road from Angel Drove to Stuntney Causeway opened on 31 October 2018. It included a viaduct over the Great Ouse and a bridge over 2 railway lines. The foundations depth for the river viaduct was two-thirds the height of Ely Cathedral. Contractor was VolkerFitzpatrick and cost £49 million.
2018 A45 Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford Bypass Northamptonshire Daventry Development Link Road. The 3.5 mile single carriageway from west of Weedon High Street to M1 J16 Kislingbury was opened on 15 December 2018 by Duncan Shepherd, whose late wife Frances Shepherd was one of the Chairpersons of the Flore Bypass Action Group in the 1970s. Contractor was Balfour Beatty, cost £40.9 million.
2018 A6 Kegworth Bypass Leicestershire The 1.3 mile single carriageway road to the south of the village from London Road to A453 Ashby Road opened on 14 November 2018 with a small local ceremony. It included a new bridge over M1 which comprised 1200 tonnes of steel and concrete and was built using pioneering modular construction methods. Funding was by SEGRO as part of road improvements around the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.
2018 A90 Blackdog-Goval Aberdeenshire First section of AWPR
2018 A90 A956 Stonehaven-Craibstone Kincardineshire • Aberdeenshire Second section of AWPR. Including River Dee Bridge and Fastlink
2018 A90 Balmedie – Tipperty Aberdeenshire Fully opened on 15 August 2018. A 1.8 mile section from south of Bridgend and the Foveran Bypass was opened for single carriageway working on 24 September 2017. The A975 Foveran Link Road was opened in November 2017. Part of the AWPR project. It included 5.5 mile of new dual carriageway between Balmedie and Bridgend and 2 miles of improvements to the existing dual carriageway between Black Dog and Balmedie.
2019 A14 Huntingdon-Cambridge Huntingdonshire • Cambridgeshire Off-line dual three lane carriageway bypass of Huntingdon opened; and viaduct through centre of Huntingdon closed. The old road was renumbered A1307, with the A141 being extended to Brampton Hut
2019 A483, A489 Newtown Bypass Montgomeryshire The 3.6 mile S2+1 road was opened on 14 February 2019 by Ken Skates, Wales Transport Minister. Contractor was Alun Griffiths Ltd., cost £95 million.
2019 A59 Penwortham Bypass Lancashire Stage 2: John Horrocks Way, from Liverpool Road to A582 Broad Oak Roundabout, was opened on 2 December 2019 to complete the bypass. The 0.9 mile dual carriageway cost £17.5 million. John Horrocks, born 1768, was one of the leading figures in Lancashire's textiles revolution and owned several mills.
2019 A737 Dalry Bypass Ayrshire The 2.35 mile single carriageway road was opened on 30 May 2019 by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Contractor was a Farrans Construction / Roadbridge joint venture, cost £31 million.
2019 A90 Craibstone-Goval Aberdeenshire Final section of AWPR via River Don Crossing
Network changes - 2010s
Historical Information
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