You might think that you simply can’t stand sitting in traffic for another day, let alone spending your lunchtime reading about them, but stick with us.
Motorways are a treasure trove of trivia, fun facts, and interesting bits and pieces. Take a look at just a few of them if you don’t believe us…
- The M1 is Britain’s first motorway and opened all the way back in 1959 connecting St Albans to Rugby.
- The groundbreaking first stretch of motorway was a mere 8 miles long – a detour compared to how big the network is today. It now makes up part of the modern day M6.
- Conservative Prime Minister Harold MacMillan had the honour of being its first passenger on 5th December 1958.
- To be a motorway you need all of the following: blue signage, no learner drivers, no cyclists, no tractors, a 70 mph speed limit, and until recently a hard shoulder.
- The M61 at Linnyshaw Moss has 17 lanes and an incredible 8 hard shoulders, making it the widest road in the UK.
- Not so closely followed by the A635(M) which is picking up the rear at just 300 m long!
- The M90 has the prestigious honour of being the most northernly motorway as it weaves its way across the Firth of Forth in Scotland.
- At 118 miles long the M25 is the second longest ring road in the world after a 121-mile piece of industrial magic in Berlin.
- There isn’t an M7 because there has never been a need to ease the strain on the A7.
- The M25 gets its name because it largely follows the route of the old A25.
- It took a staggering 2 million tonnes of concrete to get the M25 up to speed.
- North Ockendon is the only part of Greater London that bucks the trend and sits outside the M25
- The M1 doesn’t have a junction 3 because the link road planned for it was never added and a services was built there instead.
- Not for the faint hearted, the M62 is an incredible 1,222 ft above sea level!
- The busiest stretch of motorway lies between junctions 13 and 14 of the M25 which run right past Heathrow Airport.
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