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  1. The Gravelly Hill Interchange in Birmingham is better known by what nickname?
  2. Which city's by-pass, opened on 5 December 1958 by the then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, was Britain's first motorway

  3. What was the name of the historic American highway, recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and TV show, that was also known as the Will Rogers Highway or the Main Street of America?
  4. Which motorway in Kent provides a link to the Channel Tunnel and the ports at Dover?
  5. Which Roman road linked Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) to Lincoln (Lindum Colonia)?
  6. The A1 classified road links which two British cities?
  7. What was the last name of the Minister of Transport who added beacons to pedestrian crossings?
  8. What name is given to the roads forming the Italian national system of motorways?
  9. Most of Manchester is encompassed by which motorway?
  10. A rainforest break of approximately 100 miles called the Darien Gap, breaks up which 19,000 mile road network?
  11. The M90 motorway, Britain's northenmost motorway, runs from Edinburgh to which city on the River Tay?
  12. What name was given to the ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West?
  13. What is the longest motorway in the UK?
  14. The Appian Ways, one of the earliest and most important Roman roads, connected Rome with which city in southeast Italy?
  15. The M6 Toll is sometimes known by the acronym BNRR, what does this stand for?
  16. Britain's highest road is on Great Dun Fell which is the second-highest mountain in which range of hills?
  17. The Trans-Siberian Highway stretches nearly 7,000 miles from St. Petersburg to which Russian city?
  18. Which Roman road ran from Dover, via London, to Wroxeter, in Shropshire?
  19. Just four countries in Europe drive on the left-hand side of the road, can you name three?
  20. Hardknott Pass, with a maximum gradient of 1 in 3, is a minor road between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in which English county?
  21. What is the UK speed limit when towing a caravan on a motorway?
  22. What is the official name of the road tunnel under the River Mersey which links Liverpool to Birkenhead?

  23. Which motorway runs south-west to Exeter in Devon?
  24. What name was given to the trusts set up with powers to collect road tolls for maintaining the principal roads in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries?
  25. Which ONE of the following countries drive on the left-hand side of the road: Cuba, Israel, Japan or Saudi Arabia?


  1. Spaghetti Junction
  2. Preston's
  3. Route 66
  4. M20
  5. The Fosse Way
  6. London with Edinburgh
  7. Belisha (Leslie Hore-Belisha who added the Belisha Beacons in 1934)
  8. Autostrada
  9. M60
  10. The Pan-American Highway
  11. Perth
  12. The Silk Road
  13. M6 (Rugby to Gretna)
  14. Brindisi
  15. Birmingham North Relief Road
  16. The Pennines (the road leads to a radar station)
  17. Vladivostok
  18. Watling Street
  19. UK, Cyprus, Ireland, and Malta (all island nations!)
  20. Cumbria (The Lake District)
  21. 60 mph
  22. The Queensway Tunnel
  23. M5
  24. Turnpike trusts (in the 1830s, over 1,000 turnpike trusts toke tolls at almost 8,000 toll-gates along 30,00 miles of British roads)
  25. Japan

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