List of primary destinations on the United Kingdom road network
Primary destinations are locations that appear on route confirmation signs in the United Kingdom. Most are important settlements or conurbations, but some are bridges and tunnels, or even villages that are important junctions, e.g. Scotch Corner or Crianlarich.
In 1994, previous lists for destinations in Great Britain were superseded when English, Scottish and Welsh destinations were prescribed in Appendix C of Local Transport Note 1/94: The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs (LTN 1/94), published by the then Department of Transport. A revised list for England was published in 2009 and updated in 2010. The 1994 list had 333 entries for England. When the 2010 list was compiled, 15 entries were removed[note 1] and 16 added,[note 2] giving a total of 334 entries. In December 2011, following a consultation, the Department for Transport announced that it would add Birmingham Airport, East Midlands Airport, Luton Airport, Thamesport (for Medway Ports East) and Port of Tilbury; and, in response to local feedback, that it would also add Colne and Minehead and ratify the removal of Stone.
The list for Northern Ireland destinations has always been maintained separately from those for Great Britain. Since devolution under the Scotland Act 1998 and the Government of Wales Act 1998, transport matters and hence responsibility for maintaining lists of primary destinations have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales and their respective governments.
Some maps show primary destinations in a different colour or font size to other places. However, these sometimes include places which are not on the official lists.
List of primary destinations
Primary destinations in Northern Ireland are published separately from those in Great Britain. The current list is:
- Belfast Airport
- Entries that were removed: Alton, Avonmouth, Bawtry, Brighouse, Esher, Hatfield, March, Midhurst, Redhill, Stretford, Stroud, Swanley, Wells, Wimbourne and Workington
- Entries that were added: Altrincham, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Garston, Heysham, Huyton, Keihley, Leigh, Manchester Airport, Newquay, Shepton Mallet, Speke, Trafford Park, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Wellingborough
- The choice of ceremonial rather than administrative county was prompted by the lack of consistency in the English local government system as some areas are covered by county and district councils, while others have a unitary authority.
- The Teesside conurbation area straddles the North Yorkshire/County Durham border. Outside this area, Teesside is used, otherwise Middlesbrough (which is entirely within North Yorkshire) and Stockton (whose town centre is in County Durham) are used.
- Primary destinations in Greater London, other than Heathrow Airport and London, will generally only be signed within the M25 motorway.
- Department of Transport (July 1994). "Local Transport Note 1/94: The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs". London: HMSO. pp. 24–26. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Department for Transport (18 December 2009). "Primary route destinations in England by region". London. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Department for Transport (7 July 2010). "Primary route destinations in England by region". London. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Department for Transport (6 December 2011). "Road Network Policy Consultation – Response". London. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
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