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Amazing facts about the UK’s roads from The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book

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The M1, despite its numbering, is not the first UK highway ...

It's the best book for fact-hungry drivers.

The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book contains over 400 interesting questions about the UK road system – and contains many facts about the truck.

Here, we uncover some of the most intriguing, from the steepest and steepest track locations to the huge annual cost of keeping Britain's largest intersection in operation.

The M1, despite its numbering, is not the first UK highway …

The first major Roman road was the Fosse Way, built on cAD50 and linking Exeter and Lincoln.

Parliament passed a law requiring left-hand traffic on London Bridge in 1756.

The Locomotive Law, known as the Red Flag Act, came into force in 1865. It set the speed of cars that could travel at 4 km / h. A person carrying a red flag had to walk in front of them. Adrenaline junkies finally got their thrill-seeking desires quenched in 1903, when a new act set the speed limit at 20 mph.

White road safety lines were introduced in 1918.

In the early days of the 17th century diligence, it would take about four days to climb the Great North Road – the current A1 – from London to York. In the "golden training age" of the 19th century, this travel time was reduced to 20 hours.

The first electric traffic light appeared in 1926 at the corner of St James's Street in Piccadilly, London.

The first motorway in Britain was not the M1, the book reveals, despite the numbering. In fact, it was Preston's detour. The first stretch opened in 1958 and ran from Bamber Bridge (now junction 29 of M6) to Broughton (now junction 1 of M55).

Newbury has not one but two deviations. The first, built in 1963, was unable to cope with the volume of traffic that flooded the area; therefore, a new one was built through an Area of ​​Great Natural Beauty, a National Trust nature reserve, and an English heritage site. A triple blow of controversy. Half an hour after the then Secretary of State for Transport, Brian Mawhinny, gave the green light in 1995, he resigned. Great protests followed. In February 1996, there was a two-mile protest march along the 5,000-member route, Britain's largest recorded road-building demonstration, the book says.

Amazing facts about the UK's roads from The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book

Spaghetti Junction in the Gravelly Hill area of ​​Birmingham is Britain's most complex interchange.

You may be surprised to learn that the first modern roundabout system was built in New York for Columbus Circle in 1905. Britain's first roundabout was built at Sollershot Circus in Letchworth Garden City in 1909. But it was not called a roundabout. , was a 'rotary flow' system. The term "round," explains the AA book, was first coined by The Times after the construction of the new roundabout at Hyde Park Corner in 1926. The newspaper considered the word "spinning" rude.

Spaghetti Junction in the Gravelly Hill area of ​​Birmingham is Britain's most complex interchange. It opened in May 1972. A total of 18 routes pass through it and three canals, two railway lines and two rivers below it. £ 7 million a year is spent keeping it in good condition.

Britain's highest motorway is the M62, which reaches its summit, the book says, at junction 22 of Moss Moor, over 350 meters above sea level.

The record for the longest straight road, the book states, goes to a 30-kilometer section of the A15 between Hackthorn, north of Lincoln, and the ancient village of Scawby.

Helen Brocklehurst's British Puzzle Book AA will be released on October 17

Helen Brocklehurst's British Puzzle Book AA will be released on October 17

The UK's steepest title road is shared between two roads, both with one on three slopes – Chimney Bank between Hutton-le-Hole and Rosedale Abbey in the north of York Moors, and Hardknott Pass in the Lake District.

Britain's steepest road is a mile extension of the B3081 near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It crosses the villages of Cann Common and Tollard Royal.

Britain's highest road at 670 m is the Cairnwell Pass in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.

All the above facts were taken from The British AA Road Map Puzzle Book Helen Brocklehurst, which will be released on October 17th (£ 14.99 by Little Brown).

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