Britain is now 35½ miles shorter in length and about 6 miles shorter in width than it was in the mid-sixties. This is according to measurements taken by the RAC.
This is all down to the increase in motorways and dual carriageways that have been constructed and are still being built to this day.
It has meant that when travel companies such as British Rail and AA measure distances there appears to be a lot of shrinkage.
John O’Groats used to be 698½ miles from London; it is now 670. Inverness is 32¼ miles closer to 529 miles and Aberdeen is now 492 miles, a cut of 49½.
Widthways measurements stay almost the same – Lands End to Harwich is now 364 miles from 370.
For a traditional road map of Great Britain see:
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