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A65 road

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A65 road
Route information
Length: 70 mi (110 km)
Major junctions
From: Leeds
To: Kendal

Kirkby Lonsdale
Road network

The A65[1] is a major road in England. It runs north west from Leeds in Yorkshire via Kirkstall, Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley, Ilkley and Skipton, passes west of Settle, then continues through Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale before terminating at Kendal in Cumbria.


  • Bypasses 1
  • Road Safety 2
  • Junctions (A/B roads) 3
  • References 4


Listed from south to north, beginning at Leeds:

  • The 2-mile (3.2 km) £5.5m dual-carriageway Burley in Wharfedale Bypass opened in April 1995.
  • The 2-mile (3.2 km) £4m Addingham bypass opened in January 1991.
  • The £2.8m Draughton Bypass opened in December 1991.
  • The north section of the £16.4m Skipton Bypass opened in December 1981, which is part of the A59.
  • North of Skipton, where the road meets the busy A629 from Bradford, there have been plans for a bypass around Gargrave, which is where the road crosses the Pennine Way.
  • The 4-mile (6.4 km) £8.5m Settle & Giggleswick Bypass opened in December 1988.
  • The 1-mile (1.6 km) Clapham bypass is the earliest of these bypasses.[2] The National Archives have a file "West Riding CC: Clapham Bypass (A65); consideration of proposals" covering 1948-1969.[3]

Road Safety

The A65 between Long Preston and the M6 J36 has a poor safety record, according to EuroRAP. This 42 km stretch of single carriageway road suffered 48 fatal or serious injury accidents between 2002 and 2004. Indeed the road features in the list highest risk roads in Britain (excluding motorcycle accidents)[4]

Junctions (A/B roads)


  1. ^ Google map of A65
  2. ^ On Ordnance Survey 1:25000 map The Three Peaks 1982
  3. ^ "Record for: West Riding CC: Clapham Bypass (A65); consideration of proposals".  
  4. ^ EuroRAP 2006: British Results

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