Route Open Junctions Section
1 A627(M) Jan 1972 Entire motorway
2 M56 Jan 1972 J1-7 Wythenshawe → Bowden
3 M53 Feb 1972 J1-5 Mersey Tunnel → Hooton
4 M57 and A5300 Apr 1972 J4-7 Liverpool Outer Ring Road phase 1
5 M73 Apr 1972 Entire motorway
6 A38(M) May 1972 Entire motorway
7 M6 May 1972 J6-7 Gravelly Hill → Great Barr
8 M90 May 1972 J5-8 Kinross and Milnathort Bypass
9 M18 Jun 1972 J5*-6 Hatfield → Thorne
10 M606 Sep 1972 J2-3 A6177 → Cleckheaton Road
11 M621 Dec 1972 J3-7 South East Urban Motorway Opened as part of M1
12 M9 Dec 1972 J2-4 Kirkliston → Lathallan
13 M4 1972 J44-46 Morriston Bypass
14 M62 1972 J24-26 Ainley Top → Chain Bar
15 M8 1972 J17-18 Glasgow IRR, Woodside → Charing Cross
16 M27 1972 J1-2 Cadnam → Ower

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