Route Open Junctions Section
1 M5 Feb 1970 J8-9 Strensham → Tewkesbury
2 A194(M) Mar 1970 Entire motorway
3 A1 and A1(M) Apr 1970 J63-65 Birtley Bypass
4 M5 Apr 1970 J19-20 Gordano Valley
5 M5 May 1970 J1-3 M6 → Quinton
6 M6 Apr 1970 J8-9 Ray Hall → Bescot
7 Jul 1970 Westway and West Cross Route Opened as A40(M) and M41, now part of A40 and A3220
8 M32 Jul 1970 J1-2 Hambrook → Eastville
9 M6 Jul 1970 J7-8 Great Barr → Ray Hall
10 M90 Jul 1970 J3-5 Cowdenbeath Bypass
11 M6 Oct 1970 J35-40 Lancaster → Penrith
12 M62 Nov 1970 J23*-23 Pole Moor → Outlane
13 M9 Nov 1970 J1-2 Newbridge → Kirkliston (and spur)
14 M6 Dec 1970 J42-44 Carlisle Bypass
15 M61 Dec 1970 J0-4 Worsley → Horwich
16 M8 Dec 1970 J29-30 Bishopton Bypass Stage I
17 M8 1970 J19-20 Glasgow IRR, Kingston Bridge section

In this section

What's new

Up for adoption

For most people, highway maintenance is not a day to day concern. But not every road is the responsibility of the local council. What if your street is “unadopted"?

Gifts for road lovers

Keep being asked what you want for Christmas? No problem: here’s our pick of road-related Christmas treats for 2021.

Go west! New Ringways pages are here

A new set of Ringways pages are now online, looking at unbuilt motorways and road projects west of London.

Share this page

Have you seen...


The story of an incredible plan to reshape London into a city of motorways, with the history from creation to cancellation and details on every unbuilt road.