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Which do you prefer? For me it has to be the A1. It has far more character and goes all the way to Edinburgh whereas the M1 gives up at Leeds. It also has a far superior interchange with the M62.
 

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I agree. There seems to be loads of roadside diner type things, but theres more too see on the A1, goes past quite a few airfields, Wittering comes to mind. I have always wanted to vist Berwick, but havent got round to it
 

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The A1 is longer despite being a (relatively) lowly A-road; it's such a pity that it gives up near Morpeth and decides to finish it's journey in Edinburgh as a mere dirt track (compared to the mighty expressway it was prior to this). The A1 rules Britain's roads.

I can't diss the M1 though. They're both smashing, as Steve McClaren would say.
 

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Pobbie Rarr said:
The A1 is longer despite being a (relatively) lowly A-road; it's such a pity that it gives up near Morpeth and decides to finish it's journey in Edinburgh as a mere dirt track (compared to the mighty expressway it was prior to this). The A1 rules Britain's roads.

I can't diss the M1 though. They're both smashing, as Steve McClaren would say.
IMO, the whole of the A1 north of the M62, right the way up to Edinburgh should be upgraded to a motorway (I know it is a motorway between Scotch Corner and Newcastle). It's pretty crap that there's only one motorway connecting England and Scotland (the M6/M74). When I drove on it last (a few years ago), it wasn't even a complete motorway either as the M6 became the A74.
 

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A1(M) really should be upgraded to full M status. It is stupid that one of the poorest regions in the country (NE) doesn't have a complete motorway link down the country. The M6 becomes an A-road for a while just after Carlisle.
 

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The longest distance I've ever travelled on the A1 was to Musselburgh :lol:

Whereabouts in London does the A1 begin? It's the roundabout at Leith Walk & (you guessed it) London Road where it begins up here.
 

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Prestonian said:
A1(M) really should be upgraded to full M status.
The A1(M) is a full motorway - that's what the (M) means! If you mean all the bits that are still just A1 should be converted to motorway, it's all planned, and happening in stages (Darrington to Hook Moor opened this year, Hook Moor to Bramham opened as part of the A1/M1 Link, consultation is well under way for Bramham to Wetherby, Wetherby to Walshford opened recently, Walshford to Dishforth opened about 10 years ago, and plans are at an early stage for Dishforth to Scotch Corner)...
 

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I use the M62 / A1 (M) from Manchester to Newcastle and over the past few years the A1 from Leeds up to Newcastle has been greatly improved. There are still sections that must be upgraded, the DfT should be aiming for a full 6 lane motorway standard highway all the way from London through to Edinburgh.
 

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CharlieP said:
The A1(M) is a full motorway - that's what the (M) means! If you mean all the bits that are still just A1 should be converted to motorway, it's all planned, and happening in stages (Darrington to Hook Moor opened this year, Hook Moor to Bramham opened as part of the A1/M1 Link, consultation is well under way for Bramham to Wetherby, Wetherby to Walshford opened recently, Walshford to Dishforth opened about 10 years ago, and plans are at an early stage for Dishforth to Scotch Corner)...
That very encouraging news, CharlieP I think Prestonian may be refering to the 2 lane sections of the A1M. I consider "motorway standard" to be at least 3 or 4 lanes each way. Look at the bottom end of the M40 south of Oxford to London it varies from 3 to 2 to 4 to 2 lanes, crazy set up.
 

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I think the main reason for the A1 being upgraded north of Leeds is because it really is acting as an extension to the M1 because of the A1/M1 East Leeds Orbital link. You can see that the design of this junction encourages people to use the M1 rather than the A1(M).
 

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The A1 north of Newcastle is a fucking disgrace - period. I lived just north of Newcastle for 17 years and have driven the road to Berwick dozens of time. It should be D2 to Berwick all the way. It can suffer from atrocious weather in the winter too. I dont know if the traffic levels justify D3 but maybe that would change if the route was a viable alternative to the truly superb M74. I'll tell you what pisses me off though - the signs saying ' XX accidents on this stretch of road in the last XX months' - tell you what why dont you build us a fucking adequate, well designed road and maybe less people would lose their lives.
 

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If a grade-separated dual carriageway route is to be built between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there's no reason for it to go the long way following the coast, when a more direct route through the Borders is available...
 
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