A1 road

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A1 road
Route information
Part of Tabliczka E15.svg E15
Length: 410 mi (660 km)
Major junctions
South end: City of London[1]
 

A40 A40 road
A406 A406 road
[ M 1  ] M1 motorway
A41 A41 road
[ M 25  ] M25 motorway
A421 A421 road
A428 A428 road
A14 A14 road
A15 A15 road
A47 A47 road
A16 A16 road
A606 A606 road
A43 A43 road
A52 A52 road
A17 A17 road
A46 A46 road
A57 A57 road
[ M 18  ] M18 motorway
[ M 62  ] M62 motorway
A63 A63 road
A64 A64 road
A168 A168 road
A61 A61 road
A66 A66 road
[ A 66 (M)  ] A66(M) motorway
A689 A689 road
A690 A690 road
[ A 194 (M)  ] A194(M) motorway
A1231 A1231 road
A19 A19 road
A69 A69 road
A167 A167 road

A720 A720 road
North end: Edinburgh55°57′08″N 3°11′19″W / 55.9522°N 3.1886°W / 55.9522; -3.1886
Location
Primary
destinations
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Hatfield, Hertford, Stevenage, Huntingdon, Peterborough, Stamford, Grantham, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Doncaster, Pontefract, Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, Scotch Corner, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Haddington, Edinburgh
Road network

A1 is the official title of the Great North Road in Great Britain. It runs up the eastern side of England from London to Edinburgh in Scotland. It is 410 miles (660 km) long, and is the longest numbered road in the U.K.. The A1 has six major junctions with motorways, and over 20 major junctions with other A roads.

The A1 follows, for much of the way, the course of a Roman road, Ermine Street, and the old coach route to Edinburgh. It is not a motorway or freeway, but much of it is now built to motorway standards. It is one of two main roads going from London to the North, the other being the M1 motorway.

Passing through Nottinghamshire, the road skirts the remains of Sherwood Forest. Scotch Corner, in North Yorkshire, marks the point where the traffic for Glasgow and the west of Scotland divides from that for Edinburgh, as it has for hundreds of years before motor traffic. From North Yorkshire to Durham the road follows, for part of the way, another Roman road called Dere Street. This road ran from Eboracum (York) to the Antonine Wall in the lowlands of present-day Scotland.

Some parts of the A1 are motorways, and these parts are numbered A1(M).

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