Railways that are now roads

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  1. Ken H

    Ken H Established Member

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    A683 towards Morecambe - used to be the Green Ayre-Morecambe line

    Tebay - Newbiggin on Lune A685

    Llanberis bypass A4086

    short section of the Bala - Trawfyndd A4212 by Llyn Tryweryn

    I am sure there are loads more....
     
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  3. trebor79

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    A66 west bound over Stainmore.
    Big section of A15 south of Boston.
    A1(M) somewhere south of Darlington.
    Holt bypass in Norfolk.
    Parts of A47 in Norfolk.
    One side of Cross Keys Bridge.
    The large viaduct (forgotten its name) just outside Bishop Auckland on the line to Durham.
     
  4. Mutant Lemming

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    - The route into Blackpool Central
    - Wheathampstead By-Pass
     
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  5. dazzler

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    The A19 between Riccall and Barlby (North Yorkshire) used to be the ECML. It was closed in 1983 when the Selby diversion opened, the part between Riccall and York (Chaloner's Whin Junction) being part of Sustran's TransPennine Trail from 1989 and having a scale model of the Solar System - The Sun being at the A64 bridge and the rest of the planets being at scale sizes and distances all the way to Riccall.
     
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    The rail tunnel underneath Caernarfon was converted into a road tunnel. I beleive portions of the nearby Felinheli bypass also infringes on the old rail alignment.
     
  7. Andrew S

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    Beeching Way, East Grinstead.
     
  8. Branch line

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    Stratford upon Avon Seven Meadows road runs on the original Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway route through Old Town Station then continues on Great Western Railway Honeybourne route to the old Evesham Road Crossing.
     
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    Cwmllynfell to Cwmtwrch - part of the Swansea St Thomas to Brynamman Midland (Swansea Vale) line.

    I challenge any one born the wrong side of the Severn to pronounce that to my satisfaction.
     
  10. Ken H

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    And of course that continues as the Greenway footpath and cycle route to Long Marston.
     
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    The Coastal Road at Southport. This was costructed on the trackbed of the former C.L.C route from Aintree to a terminus at Southport Lord Street, between Woodvale and Southport. The road uses the original bridge to span the Liverpool to Southport electrified line, south of Ainsdale station.
     
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    Part of the Hotwells branch in Bristol.
    A very small stretch of the M4 is on the route of the Midland & South Western Junction south of Swindon (though, given the relative formation widths, it's probably best to say the railway is under the route of the motorway!).
    North-to-East curve of the Midland Railway avoiding Mangotsfield station is now a main road (other bits in the area are cycle routes).
     
  13. Ken H

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    Cum&infe& Cumtur% Byninamam
    where & is ll as in llandudno and and % as in loch

    Born lincolnshire
    Welsh is easy to say. Totally phonetic. The declensions are a nightmare.
     
  14. Ken H

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    3rd mention of Southport Lord St today!
     
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    short section of the A430 in gloucester by Go Outdoors is on the old Eastgate loop
     
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    Good enough - report for duty 0600 at Ystradgynlais - report to the SM !
     
  17. Ken H

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    diolch yn fawr.
     
  18. PermitToTravel

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    The line from Colnbrook to Staines is now the M25. Personally I think they should have left it there and just built a AHB
     
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    A34 built over sections of the Didcot, Newbery and Southampton.
     
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    There are. :)

    Off the top of my head:
    A361 from Barnstaple to South Molton
    Swainsley Tunnel in the Staffordshire Moorlands
    A483 Welshpool bypass (an interesting one as the line's still there)
    A66 at Bowes
     
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    Some of these off Googlemaps, some from memory!
    A149/B1145 North Walsham
    A414 Maldon
    A120 Stansted-Braintree (bits of)
    St Ives Busway
    Rochester Bridge
    A22 East Grinstead
    Steyning bypass
    A349 Broadstone Way
    A1M Merrybent (branch off the S and D west of Darlington).
     
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    Former M & GN from Peterborough towards Norwich, the A47 in the Peterborough area is built on the former trackbed.
     
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    I suppose there will be loads of odd bits of former railway that are now roads inside industrial estates.
     
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    Oh don't forget Par to Fowey, now a private haul road for Imerys, including quite a long tunnel.
     
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    Stretches of the old GWR Fairford Branch, mainly in Witney & Eynsham.
     
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    The site of Dolgellau station, closed in 1965, is now under the A470 Dolgellau by-pass.
    The Dyserth Branch, closed in 1973, is now a walkway/cycleway.
    The old four-tracked railway from Colwyn Bay through Mochdre to Llandudno Junction, was reduced to two tracks and moved further towards the coast to allow for the building of the A55 dual carriageway. Also, I think the same line was moved to the east of Colwyn Bay to allow for the same road to be built over part of the trackbed.
     
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    Stockport Tiviot Dale - Cheshire Lines Committee. Now part of the M60 (M63) Motorway.
     
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    Part of the St. Helens - Widnes line (at the Widnes end) is now a main road from the M62 into Widnes.
     
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    Much of the Musselburgh and Fisherrow branches
    The Edinburgh Western Approach road over the Caledonian line into the site of Princes Street Station
    Part of the Lothian lines through Portobello
    The M90 between Kinross and Bridge of Earn in Places
    The A68 between Earlston an d Leaderfoot
    That's what I can think of off the top of my head!
     
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    Some lengths of the Abergavenny to Merthyr Tydfil line. Was the Heads of the Valleys line, now the Heads of the Valleys road.
     
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    A3088 running west from Yeovil to join the A303, follows the Yeovil-Taunton line

    A685 east from Tebay

    A590 west from Haverthwaite (in places)
     

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