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A random selection of interesting facts about the roads and motorways of the world.
An early motorway safety advert from the 1950s warned of the dangers of enjoying a family picnic in the slow lane of the M1.
The A601(M), a 500m long connection between junction 35 on the M6, and the B6254 near Over Kellet (The "Carnforth Quarry Link Road") consists only of a single 7.3m carriageway and two 1m wide strips. Its overall width is about 50 feet (15m). The M6 originally terminated on the A6 north of Carnforth. When it was extended northwards, the link through to the A6, which was of course built to motorway standard, was effectively "cut off", and this was redesignated the A601(M). The roundabout which connected the two motorways was automatically a "special road" by virtue of the fact that only motorway traffic could get to it. When the "Quarry link" was added, this provided a direct connection to a motorway, and in order to prohibit non-motorway traffic from using it, it had to be designated as a motorway itself. It therefore also became the A601(M). The route numbering is illogical, because the A601 is, in fact, the Derby Ring Road.
The first sections of the Autobahn constructed in the 20’s were named “Reichsautobahn” (Freeways of the Reich).
There are sections of motorway where local widening occurs to accommodate slip roads, and at these points, the motorways could well be five or even six lanes wide. However, the foreshore section of the M2 in Belfast, opened in 1973, has a long section which is dual 5 lanes wide. More recently, opening in December 2005, the M25, between junctions 12 and 14, was widened to dual 5-lanes and the section between junctions 14 and 15 to dual 6-lanes.
The longest A-road wholly in Wales is the A470 at 185 miles, closely followed by the A487 at 174 miles.