Another (slightly weird) thing I find myself doing with a road atlas in my hand is working out where roads begin and end. It raises some intriguing questions (if you're a map geek):
- Why does the A52 go from Newcastle-under-Lyme to Mablethorpe? Why not Skegness, or Boston (Lincs.)?
- Why does the A46 go from Cleethorpes to somewhere East of Bath, and why does it have big chunks missing?
- Why doesn't the A6 go to London anymore? Luton to Carlisle? I feel like it has featured in a lot of my life - trips to the Peak District, going to a pub in Shardlow, CYFA Ventures in Bedford, and my kids' primary school opened straight out onto... the A6. It's become important to me.
- and still no M7 (I know - the route from Carlisle to Edinburgh via Hawick didn't need a motorway, although it does need a railway)