Talk:A roads in Zone 3 of the Great Britain numbering scheme

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Where on Earth is Wincanford?[edit]

There are a number of redlinks still.

The first of these is Wincanford, at one end of the A357. Doing a Google search, the only link is this Wiki page! Multimap can't find the place and AA route planner can't find it either. I suspect there may be a typo!

A simple answer would be to use Wincanton, which is nearby, but as you can see from this OS map, the road actually stops at the roundabout where the A357 meets the A371 – a place with no name!!

EdJogg 17:19, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

There is a high probability that I made a typo when putting it in. Why not go for Near Wincanton? Nice compromise. Regan123 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
Fixed! :o) EdJogg 01:42, 14 December 2006 (UTC)
God, heavens high above (and yes I am talking often about ecclesiastical parishes). No. Every place in England has a place name, the idea that you can just describe the end of all roads using non-motorway road names is not just lazy, it gives no inkling of road length and direction. By the way I am the one who has fixed all 10 or so remaining redlinks, the English Heritage website is wonderful for viewing civil parishes in England otherwise try - Adam37 Talk 14:26, 7 September 2013 (UTC)


I believe that the A361 is the longest triple-digit road in the whole of Britain. Please could somebody verify, and if true, measure it, and add a note to the relevant row something like that for A40 which shows "The longest A road in Zone 4 at 256 miles long" --Redrose64 (talk) 13:37, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Someone has already put a note to that effect under Kilsby. Redrose64 knows most wikipedia editors like their edits, which are scholarly. I suspect in this instance silence does indicate approval. - Adam37 Talk 15:01, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

Please explain[edit]

This may apply to every zone article of the GB #ing scheme. An encyclopedia is to inform, not to give the reader an opportunity to solve puzzles.

  • 1) Why does the Road column have "Axx" in a box then "Axx" as text?.
    • If the boxed "Axx"es are just to show someone's drawings of road numbers (even should they be exact miniatures of some precise official rigorously specified design) then they are utterly useless.
    • Why are some boxed "Axx"es greenish and others white?
    • Why is "road" stuck after every Axx in the list. By the article name and by the column heading we know the individual entries are roads.
  • 2) There are no unlinked or redlinked roads because for the roads without WP articles the links return to this article, so the seeker after the route of A309, for example, is given a fresh display of this whole article without even a # to guide to the appropriate inappropriate section of the article.--SilasW (talk) 14:52, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
The boxes represent road signs, or portions of road signs. Those with green backgrounds are trunk roads (maintenance is the responsibility of the Highways Agency or equivalent Government department); those with white background are non-trunk (the local authority has responsibility for maintenance). --Redrose64 (talk) 15:58, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Thank you. But it is not proper that a reader should have to ask anything which I did, articles (with their links of course) should explain fairly fully. Here there is no need for the road numbers to be repeated or for pictorial representation of the road signs. If the article benefits by showing the distinction of maintaining authorities then it should have it

be directly obvious, though if anyone really needs to study roads divided by their pothole fixers a few categories would filter them.--SilasW (talk) 14:11, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

It is slightly more complicated that that. The trunk roads such as the A37 are directly subject to local council involvement, unlike official primary road network trunk roads, which is what used to be understood by the term. You will note Traffic England reports only on for example the A34 in its trunk sections and not the A37 for instance. This also provides what has come to be termed a logistics or lorry road grid.- Adam37 Talk 15:01, 7 September 2013 (UTC)