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Abandoned A-road located in the heart of England that you'll never get to drive on


If you live in Suffolk, then chances are you've used the A12 at some point - but you probably didn't know a section of the road was closed in the 1980s and remains abandoned to this day.


The A12 is undoubtedly one of southern England's most important roads - carrying traffic between Lowestoft and east London.


Built in 1922 as part of the Great Britain road numbering scheme, the road has played a vital role in connecting the east coast to the capital ever since.


If you live in Suffolk or surrounding areas then chances are you've used the A12 at some point - but you probably didn't you know a section of the road was closed in the 1980s and remains abandoned to this day.


Before the Copdock Interchange was built, the A12 ran right through the villages of Copdock and Washbrook.


However, that all changed around 40 years ago when work got underway to build the interchange between the A12 and A14, reports Suffolk Live.


The A12 began to evolve around the same time that the Ipswich southern bypass was being built. Instead of going through Washbrook and Copdock, the A12 was diverted slightly east thanks to the construction of a new bypass.


The idea behind this was to prevent huge volumes of traffic whizzing through the two villages. The bypass was initially part of the A45, but today it forms part of the A12.


Due to the new bypass, the old section of A12 through Washbrook and Copdock became almost redundant. The slightly surreal result was a dual carriageway used by hardly any cars running through two tiny Suffolk villages.


Today, the former A12 - now known as London Road - is used by pedestrians and cyclists, rather than vehicles.

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