Bridging the gap with OS Road maps

os-road-bundleWe relaunched our iconic road map series last September after a seven-year hiatus. The eight map sheets covering the whole of Great Britain were back by popular demand and it seems some of you are loving the bridge theme on the covers. Jo got in touch with our Customer Services team to ask about the bridge covers, so we thought we’d give you a quick run-down.


Northern Scotlandrdm_001_cover_2016

The bridge to Muckle Roe features on this map. Spanning the gap from Muckle Roe to Shetland Mainland, there’s been a bridge at this spot since 1905. The current bridge has been in place since 1999.


rdm_002_cover_2016Western Scotland

The gateway to the Isle of Skye, the Skye Bridge graces the cover of this map. The bridge opened in 1995, replacing the Kyle of Lochalsh ferry. You can still arrive on Skye by ferry, should you prefer to!


rdm_003_cover_2016Southern Scotland and Northumberland

On this map we have the Clackmannanshire Bridge which crosses the Firth of Forth. Opened in 2008, the road bridge is 1190m long. The Queensferry Crossing also features on the map. See our fact below on that one!


rdm_004_cover_2016Northern England

Once the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge, the Humber Bridge is the cover star. Now at 8th position, at 2200m, it’s still one of Britain’s most iconic bridges.


rdm_005_cover_2016East Midlands and East Anglia, including London

The Orwell Bridge opened to road traffic in 1982 and takes the A14 over the River Orwell near Ipswich.


rdm_006_cover_2016Wales and West Midlands

The oldest bridge to feature on our OS Road map series is Pont Fawr in Llanwrst. The narrow three-arch stone bridge is said to have been designed by Inigo Jones and was built in 1636 by Sir Richard Wynn of Gwydir Castle.


rdm_007_cover_2016South West England and South Wales

Another bridge to have replaced a ferry service, the Severn Bridge celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the bridge achieved grade 1 listed status in 1999 and now carries people on the M48 from England into Wales.


rdm_008_cover_2016South East England including London

Finally, we have the bridge over the River Arun in Arundel. Once holding the title of the lowest road bridge, it was rebuilt in 1935.


We have another bridge fact for you too, the OS Road map is the first of our paper products to include the appearance of the Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh as it joins the Forth road and rail bridges in spanning the water. Due to open later this year, our Flying Unit snapped this photo while it was still under construction in May 2016.


Did you know…?

  • Since 2009 the length of A and primary roads and motorways in Britain has increased by 174 miles to 49,674 miles.
  • The entire length of Britain’s road network is 215,940 miles.
  • If you travelled at an average speed of 40mph, it would take 224 and a half days to drive every road in Great Britain.

For more facts and information on the OS Road maps, read our press release. To buy the maps, visit our OS shop.

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2 Responses

  1. Iain Sainsbury

    Like the look of the new Road Maps (Covers that is)but how about mentioning their Scale and how much they cost? Also a look inside one would have been nice as we all can’t get into Waterstones to have a look.

    1. Hi Iain

      thanks for the feedback on this one. We blogged and talked about the map relaunch last year, this one was a follow-up after a customer asked for info about all of the map covers. You can click on each map title in the blog above to get to more information about it on our Map Shop. You’ll see they’re all at 1:250 000 scale and there are images to show the exact area covered and a sample of the map inside too.

      Hope that helps.

      Thanks, Gemma

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