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List of primary destinations on the United Kingdom road network

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Directional sign showing primary destinations only.
Directional sign showing primary destinations only.

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In 1994, previous lists for destinations in Great Britain were superseded when English, Scottish and Welsh destinations were prescribed in Appendix C of Local Transport Note 1/94: The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs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.[1] A revised list for England was published in 2009[2] and updated in 2010.[3] 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.[4]

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 Senedd (Welsh Parliament) and their respective governments.

Some maps show primary destinations in a different colour or font size to other places.[5] However, these sometimes include places which are not on the official lists.


Primary destinations in Greater London, other than Heathrow Airport and London, will generally only be signed within the M25 motorway.

Directional sign showing both primary destination (on a green background) and non-primary destinations (on a white background) at a conventional "T" junction.
Directional sign showing both primary destination (on a green background) and non-primary destinations (on a white background) at a conventional "T" junction.
Overhead directional sign on a dual carriagway.
Overhead directional sign on a dual carriagway.
Directional road sign in Scotland with destinations in both English and Scottish Gaelic.
Directional road sign in Scotland with destinations in both English and Scottish Gaelic.

List of primary destinations

Great Britain

The entries for England in this list were compiled from the 2010 list and 2011 amendments,[3][4] while those for Scotland and Wales were compiled from the 1994 list.[1][note 3]

Region Ceremonial county Destination
East of England Bedfordshire Bedford
East of England Bedfordshire Dunstable
East of England Bedfordshire Luton
East of England Bedfordshire Luton Airport
South East England Berkshire Bracknell
South East England Berkshire Hungerford
South East England Berkshire Maidenhead
South East England Berkshire Newbury
South East England Berkshire Reading
South East England Berkshire Slough
South West England Bristol Avonmouth
South West England Bristol Bristol
South East England Buckinghamshire Amersham
South East England Buckinghamshire Aylesbury
South East England Buckinghamshire Beaconsfield
South East England Buckinghamshire High Wycombe (often as just "Wycombe")
South East England Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
East of England Cambridgeshire Cambridge
East of England Cambridgeshire Ely
East of England Cambridgeshire Huntingdon
East of England Cambridgeshire Peterborough
East of England Cambridgeshire Wisbech
North West England Cheshire Chester
North West England Cheshire Congleton
North West England Cheshire Crewe
North West England Cheshire Ellesmere Port
North West England Cheshire Macclesfield
North West England Cheshire Nantwich
North West England Cheshire Northwich
North West England Cheshire Runcorn
North West England Cheshire Warrington
North West England Cheshire Widnes
South West England Cornwall Bodmin
South West England Cornwall Bude
South West England Cornwall Falmouth
South West England Cornwall Helston
South West England Cornwall Launceston
South West England Cornwall Liskeard
South West England Cornwall Newquay
South West England Cornwall Penzance
South West England Cornwall Redruth
South West England Cornwall St Austell
South West England Cornwall Truro
South West England Cornwall Wadebridge
North West England Cumbria Barrow-in-Furness
North West England Cumbria Brough
North West England Cumbria Carlisle
North West England Cumbria Kendal
North West England Cumbria Keswick
North West England Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale
North West England Cumbria Penrith
North West England Cumbria Whitehaven
North West England Cumbria Windermere
East Midlands Derbyshire Ashbourne
East Midlands Derbyshire Buxton
East Midlands Derbyshire Chesterfield
East Midlands Derbyshire Derby
East Midlands Derbyshire Matlock
South West England Devon Barnstaple
South West England Devon Bideford
South West England Devon Exeter
South West England Devon Exmouth
South West England Devon Honiton
South West England Devon Okehampton
South West England Devon Paignton
South West England Devon Plymouth
South West England Devon Tavistock
South West England Devon Torquay
South West England Dorset Blandford
South West England Dorset Bournemouth
South West England Dorset Dorchester
South West England Dorset Poole
South West England Dorset Shaftesbury
South West England Dorset Weymouth
North East England County Durham Bishop Auckland
North East England County Durham Consett
North East England County Durham Darlington
North East England County Durham Durham
North East England County Durham Hartlepool
North East England County Durham Stockton[note 4]
Yorkshire and the Humber East Riding of Yorkshire Bridlington
Yorkshire and the Humber East Riding of Yorkshire Goole
Yorkshire and the Humber East Riding of Yorkshire Hull
Yorkshire and the Humber East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire Humber Bridge
South East England East Sussex Brighton
South East England East Sussex Eastbourne
South East England East Sussex Hastings
South East England East Sussex Lewes
South East England East Sussex Newhaven
South East England East Sussex Uckfield
East of England Essex Basildon
East of England Essex Chelmsford
East of England Essex Clacton
East of England Essex Colchester
East of England Essex Dartford Crossing
East of England Essex Harlow
East of England Essex Harwich
East of England Essex Port of Tilbury
East of England Essex Southend
East of England Essex Stansted Airport
East of England Essex Tilbury
South West England Gloucestershire Cheltenham
South West England Gloucestershire Cirencester
South West England Gloucestershire Gloucester
Greater London Greater London Heathrow Airport
Greater London Greater London London
Greater London Greater London Barking
Greater London Greater London Bexleyheath
Greater London Greater London Brent Cross
Greater London Greater London Brixton
Greater London Greater London Bromley
Greater London Greater London Central London
Greater London City of London The City
Greater London Greater London Clapham Junction
Greater London Greater London Croydon
Greater London Greater London Dalston
Greater London Greater London Docklands
Greater London Greater London Ealing
Greater London Greater London Enfield
Greater London Greater London Hammersmith
Greater London Greater London Harrow
Greater London Greater London Holloway
Greater London Greater London Hounslow
Greater London Greater London Ilford
Greater London Greater London Kilburn
Greater London Greater London Kingston
Greater London Greater London Lewisham
Greater London Greater London Peckham
Greater London Greater London Richmond
Greater London Greater London Romford
Greater London Greater London Stratford
Greater London Greater London Sutton
Greater London Greater London Uxbridge
Greater London Greater London Vauxhall
Greater London Greater London Walthamstow
Greater London Greater London Wembley
Greater London Greater London West End
Greater London Greater London Westminster
Greater London Greater London Wimbledon
Greater London Greater London Wood Green
Greater London Greater London Woolwich
North West England Greater Manchester Altrincham
North West England Greater Manchester Ashton-under-Lyne
North West England Greater Manchester Bolton
North West England Greater Manchester Bury
North West England Greater Manchester Leigh
North West England Greater Manchester Manchester
North West England Greater Manchester Manchester Airport
North West England Greater Manchester Oldham
North West England Greater Manchester Rochdale
North West England Greater Manchester Salford
North West England Greater Manchester Stockport
North West England Greater Manchester Trafford Park
North West England Greater Manchester Wigan
South East England Hampshire Andover
South East England Hampshire Basingstoke
South East England Hampshire Fareham
South East England Hampshire Petersfield
South East England Hampshire Portsmouth
South East England Hampshire Ringwood
South East England Hampshire Southampton
South East England Hampshire Winchester
West Midlands Herefordshire Hereford
West Midlands Herefordshire Leominster
West Midlands Herefordshire Ross-on-Wye (often as just "Ross")
East of England Hertfordshire Hemel Hempstead
East of England Hertfordshire Hertford
East of England Hertfordshire St Albans
East of England Hertfordshire Stevenage
East of England Hertfordshire Watford
South East England Kent Ashford
South East England Kent Canterbury
South East England Kent Channel Tunnel
South East England Kent Dartford Crossing
South East England Kent Dover
South East England Kent Folkestone
South East England Kent Maidstone
South East England Kent Margate
South East England Kent Ramsgate
South East England Kent Sevenoaks
South East England Kent Sheerness
South East England Kent Thamesport
South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells
North West England Lancashire Blackburn
North West England Lancashire Blackpool
North West England Lancashire Burnley
North West England Lancashire Clitheroe
North West England Lancashire Colne
North West England Lancashire Fleetwood
North West England Lancashire Heysham
North West England Lancashire Lancaster
North West England Lancashire Morecambe
North West England Lancashire Preston
North West England Lancashire Skelmersdale
East Midlands Leicestershire East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Leicestershire Hinckley
East Midlands Leicestershire Leicester
East Midlands Leicestershire Loughborough
East Midlands Leicestershire Market Harborough
East Midlands Leicestershire Melton Mowbray
East Midlands Lincolnshire Boston
East Midlands Lincolnshire Gainsborough
East Midlands Lincolnshire Grantham
Yorkshire and the Humber Lincolnshire Grimsby
Yorkshire and the Humber Lincolnshire Immingham
East Midlands Lincolnshire Lincoln
Yorkshire and the Humber Lincolnshire Scunthorpe
East Midlands Lincolnshire Skegness
East Midlands Lincolnshire Sleaford
East Midlands Lincolnshire Spalding
East Midlands Lincolnshire Stamford
North West England Merseyside Birkenhead
North West England Merseyside Bootle
North West England Merseyside Garston
North West England Merseyside Huyton
North West England Merseyside Liverpool
North West England Merseyside St Helens
North West England Merseyside Southport
North West England Merseyside Speke
North West England Merseyside Wallasey
East of England Norfolk Cromer
East of England Norfolk Diss
East of England Norfolk Downham Market
East of England Norfolk Great Yarmouth
East of England Norfolk King's Lynn
East of England Norfolk Norwich
East of England Norfolk Swaffham
East of England Norfolk Thetford
East Midlands Northamptonshire Corby
East Midlands Northamptonshire Kettering
East Midlands Northamptonshire Northampton
East Midlands Northamptonshire Wellingborough
North East England Northumberland Alnwick
North East England Northumberland Ashington
North East England Northumberland Berwick-upon-Tweed (often as just "Berwick")
North East England Northumberland Corbridge
North East England Northumberland Hexham
North East England Northumberland Morpeth
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Harrogate
North East England North Yorkshire Middlesbrough[note 4]
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Ripon
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Scarborough
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Scotch Corner
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Selby
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Skipton
North East England North Yorkshire Teesside[note 4]
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Thirsk
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire Whitby
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire York
East Midlands Nottinghamshire Mansfield
East Midlands Nottinghamshire Newark
East Midlands Nottinghamshire Nottingham
East Midlands Nottinghamshire Worksop
South East England Oxfordshire Banbury
South East England Oxfordshire Oxford
East Midlands Rutland Oakham
West Midlands Shropshire Bridgnorth
West Midlands Shropshire Oswestry
West Midlands Shropshire Shrewsbury
West Midlands Shropshire Telford
West Midlands Shropshire Whitchurch
South West England Somerset Bath
South West England Somerset Bridgwater
South West England Somerset Frome
South West England Somerset Glastonbury
South West England Somerset Minehead
South West England Somerset Shepton Mallet
South West England Somerset Taunton
South West England Somerset Weston-super-Mare
South West England Somerset Yeovil
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Barnsley
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Doncaster
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Rotherham
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
West Midlands Staffordshire Burton-upon-Trent (sometimes just as "Burton")
West Midlands Staffordshire Cannock
West Midlands Staffordshire Leek
West Midlands Staffordshire Lichfield
West Midlands Staffordshire Newcastle-under-Lyme (often as just "Newcastle")
West Midlands Staffordshire Rugeley
West Midlands Staffordshire Stafford
West Midlands Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent (often as just "Stoke")
West Midlands Staffordshire Tamworth
West Midlands Staffordshire Uttoxeter
East of England Suffolk Beccles
East of England Suffolk Bury St Edmunds
East of England Suffolk Felixstowe
East of England Suffolk Ipswich
East of England Suffolk Lowestoft
East of England Suffolk Newmarket
East of England Suffolk Sudbury
South East England Surrey Dorking
South East England Surrey Farnham
South East England Surrey Guildford
South East England Surrey Reigate
South East England Surrey Staines
North East England Tyne and Wear Gateshead
North East England Tyne and Wear Newcastle
North East England Tyne and Wear South Shields
North East England Tyne and Wear Sunderland
North East England Tyne and Wear Tynemouth
North East England Tyne and Wear Tyne Tunnel
West Midlands Warwickshire Leamington Spa (often as just "Leamington")
West Midlands Warwickshire Nuneaton
West Midlands Warwickshire Rugby
West Midlands Warwickshire Stratford-upon-Avon
West Midlands Warwickshire Warwick
West Midlands West Midlands Birmingham
West Midlands West Midlands Birmingham Airport
West Midlands West Midlands Brownhills
West Midlands West Midlands Coventry
West Midlands West Midlands Dudley
West Midlands West Midlands Solihull
West Midlands West Midlands Stourbridge
West Midlands West Midlands Walsall
West Midlands West Midlands West Bromwich
West Midlands West Midlands Wolverhampton
South East England West Sussex Bognor Regis
South East England West Sussex Chichester
South East England West Sussex Crawley
South East England West Sussex East Grinstead
South East England West Sussex Gatwick Airport
South East England West Sussex Horsham
South East England West Sussex Worthing
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Bradford
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Dewsbury
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Halifax
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Huddersfield
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Keighley
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Leeds
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Pontefract
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Wakefield
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Wetherby
South West England Wiltshire Chippenham
South West England Wiltshire Marlborough
South West England Wiltshire Salisbury
South West England Wiltshire Swindon
South West England Wiltshire Trowbridge
South West England Wiltshire Warminster
West Midlands Worcestershire Bromsgrove
West Midlands Worcestershire Evesham
West Midlands Worcestershire Kidderminster
West Midlands Worcestershire Redditch
West Midlands Worcestershire Worcester
Scotland Aberdeen Aberdeen
Scotland Stirlingshire Aberfoyle
Scotland Lanarkshire Airdrie
Scotland Angus Arbroath
Scotland Inverness Aviemore
Scotland Ayrshire Ayr
Scotland Aberdeenshire Banff
Scotland Lanarkshire Biggar
Scotland Perthshire Blairgowrie
Scotland Aberdeenshire Braemar
Scotland Stirlingshire Callander
Scotland Argyll Campbeltown
Scotland Berwickshire Coldstream
Scotland Stirlingshire Crianlarich
Scotland Dunbartonshire Dumbarton
Scotland Moray Dufftown
Scotland Dumfriesshire Dumfries
Scotland Dundee Dundee
Scotland Fife Dunfermline
Scotland Sutherland Durness
Scotland Lanarkshire East Kilbride
Scotland Lothian Edinburgh
Scotland Lothian Edinburgh Airport
Scotland Moray Elgin
Scotland Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire Erskine Bridge
Scotland Stirlingshire Falkirk
Scotland Angus Forfar
Scotland Lothian, Fife Forth Road Bridge
Scotland Inverness Fort William
Scotland Aberdeenshire Fraserburgh
Scotland Selkirkshire Galashiels
Scotland Glasgow Glasgow
Scotland Renfrewshire Glasgow Airport
Scotland Inverness Grantown-on-Spey
Scotland Renfrewshire Greenock
Scotland Lanarkshire Hamilton
Scotland Roxburghshire Hawick
Scotland Aberdeenshire Huntly
Scotland Inverness Inverness
Scotland Argyll Inveraray
Scotland Ayrshire Irvine
Scotland Roxburghshire Jedburgh
Scotland Caithness John o'Groats
Scotland Roxburghshire Kelso
Scotland Ayrshire Kilmarnock
Scotland Stirlingshire, Fife Kincardine
Scotland Roxburghshire Kelso
Scotland Fife Kinross
Scotland Fife Kirkcaldy
Scotland Ross and Cromarty Kyle of Lochalsh
Scotland Lanarkshire Lanark
Scotland Lothian Leith
Scotland Lothian Livingston
Scotland Stirlingshire, Fife Lochearnhead
Scotland Argyll Lochgilphead
Scotland Inverness Mallaig
Scotland Angus Montrose
Scotland Lothian Musselburgh
Scotland Inverness Newtonmore
Scotland Argyll Oban
Scotland Renfrewshire Paisley
Scotland Peeblesshire Peebles
Scotland Perthshire Perth
Scotland Aberdeenshire Peterhead
Scotland Perthshire Pitlochry
Scotland Ross and Cromarty Portree
Scotland Fife St Andrews
Scotland Stirlingshire Stirling
Scotland Aberdeenshire Stonehaven
Scotland Wigtownshire Stranraer
Scotland Lanarkshire Strathaven
Scotland Dundee, Fife Tay Bridge
Scotland Caithness Thurso
Scotland Ross and Cromarty Uig
Scotland Ross and Cromarty Ullapool
Scotland Caithness Wick
Wales Clwyd Llangollen
Wales Clwyd Mold
Wales Clwyd Queensferry
Wales Clwyd Ruthin
Wales Clwyd St. Asaph
Wales Clwyd Wrexham
Wales Dyfed Aberystwyth
Wales Dyfed Cardigan
Wales Dyfed Carmarthen
Wales Dyfed Fishguard
Wales Dyfed Haverfordwest
Wales Dyfed Llandeilo
Wales Dyfed Llandovery
Wales Dyfed Llanelli
Wales Dyfed Milford Haven
Wales Dyfed Pembroke Dock
Wales Dyfed St Clears
Wales Dyfed Tenby
Wales Gwent Abergavenny
Wales Gwent Chepstow
Wales Gwent Cwmbran
Wales Gwent Monmouth
Wales Gwent Newport
Wales Gwynedd Bala
Wales Gwynedd Bangor
Wales Gwynedd Betws-y-coed
Wales Gwynedd Caernarfon
Wales Gwynedd Conwy
Wales Gwynedd Dolgellau
Wales Gwynedd Holyhead
Wales Gwynedd Llandudno
Wales Gwynedd Porthmadog
Wales Mid Glamorgan Bridgend
Wales Mid Glamorgan Merthyr Tydfil
Wales Powys Brecon
Wales Powys Builth Wells
Wales Powys Llandrindod Wells
Wales Powys Llangurig
Wales Powys Machynlleth
Wales Powys Newtown
Wales Powys Rhayader
Wales Powys Welshpool
Wales South Glamorgan Cardiff
Wales West Glamorgan Neath
Wales West Glamorgan Port Talbot
Wales West Glamorgan Swansea

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland A6 route sign showing "Londonderry" defaced to read "Derry"
The Derry/Londonderry name dispute has led to controversy over the choice of destination name in Northern Ireland.

Primary destinations in Northern Ireland are published separately from those in Great Britain. The current list is:[5]


  1. ^ Entries that were removed: Alton, Avonmouth, Bawtry, Brighouse, Esher, Hatfield, March, Midhurst, Redhill, Stretford, Stroud, Swanley, Wells, Wimbourne and Workington
  2. ^ Entries that were added: Altrincham, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Garston, Heysham, Huyton, Keighley, Leigh, Manchester Airport, Newquay, Shepton Mallet, Speke, Trafford Park, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Wellingborough
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b c 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.


  1. ^ a b Department of Transport (July 1994). "Local Transport Note 1/94: The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs" (PDF). London: HMSO. pp. 24–26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ Department for Transport (18 December 2009). "Primary route destinations in England by region" (PDF). London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b Department for Transport (7 July 2010). "Primary route destinations in England by region" (PDF). London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 January 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b Department for Transport (6 December 2011). "Road Network Policy Consultation – Response" (PDF). London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b "ViaMichelin maps". Michelin. Retrieved 17 February 2012. ("ViaMichelin key". Michelin. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2012.}

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