A1081 road

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A1081 road
Major junctions
North end: Luton Airport in Luton
51°52′11″N 0°23′49″W / 51.8697°N 0.3970°W / 51.8697; -0.3970 (A1081 road (northern end))
  A505 A505 road
[ M 1  ] M1 motorway
A4147 A4147 road
A5183 A5183 road
A414 A414 road
[ M 25  ] M25 motorway
A1 A1 road
A1000 A1000 road
South end: A1000 road, High Barnet
51°39′23″N 0°12′07″W / 51.6563°N 0.2019°W / 51.6563; -0.2019 (A1081 road (southern end))
Road network

The A1081 road in Hertfordshire, England broadly follows and replaces the former route of the A6 south of Luton in Bedfordshire.

It runs from Luton Airport south via Harpenden to St Albans and then bears southeast via London Colney to High Barnet, where it meets the A1000 (the Great North Road).

The route was renumbered to avoid giving the impression that it was better engineered than it is.[citation needed] The main beneficiary of this renumbering is the city of St Albans where the A5 and A6 used to meet. A similar change has been made to that part of the A5, which was renumbered as A5183.

However, since the construction of the M25 the A1081 is split between London Colney and the South Mimms services - the motorway using the route of the former A6 dual carriageway between these locations.

Coordinates: 51°46′21″N 0°20′07″W / 51.7724°N 0.3354°W / 51.7724; -0.3354 (A1081 road)