Have You Ever Wondered What Number You’d Arrive at if You Added Together the Numbers of all British Motorways, Multiplied them with the Country’s A roads and Then Divided Them by the Total Number of UK B Roads? No? Then clearly you haven't lived. Forget 666, as the actual number of the (Chris Rea-esque UK road network) beast is technically significantly more than that.
So in current motoring news, the UK is all set for traffic lights being rolled out on selected motorways in the foreseeable. Boring. What British drivers REALLY want to know is just what number you’d get if you were to add together the numbers of all British motorways, multiply them with the country’s A roads and then divide them by UK B roads. Trust me on this.
Surely you must have sat there at some point in your life and wondered what would happen if you added together the numbers of all British motorways, multiply them with the country’s A roads and then divide that figure by UK B roads, no? In a moment of sheer desperation? When contemplating your own mortality/existence? Whilst considering the enormity of the universe and/or Gemma Collins’ talent? Or more commonly when stuck in a traffic jam staring into space/at each passing road/exit sign at the side of the carriageway.
It can’t just have been me?? Well, for those of you who comprise membership of a very select club of saddos numbering 1 (yes, that’s my hand you see raised above my head), I have the very answer right here. Or rather, I would have done if I’d dedicated approximately a fortnight to doing the extensive math. Or more specifically, listing ALL the UK’s major/arterial road networks with a view to subsequently doing the highly improbable calculations.
In the event I lost interest/the will to live once I’d finished the motorway part (which in itself took the same time to ready reckon as it does to read War and Peace from cover to cover), hence the final figure being more of a guestimate, as opposed to a number which can be relied upon for statistical purposes. Not that I fear even the most world-weary statistician would be remotely interested to learn of my unique findings; were they in actual fact, accurate that is. Still the thought was there, and as anyone will tell you, it’s more often than not the thought that counts. Unlike me, who gave up a bad job at the first sign of trouble…..
Any road, for those of you still conscious, here’s my (very brief) calculus
M1+M2+M3+M4+M5+M6+M6(toll)+M8+M9+M11+M18+M20+M23+M25+M26+M27+M32+M40+M42+M45+M48+M49+M50+M53+M54+M55+M56+M57+M58+M60+M61+M62+M65+M66+M67+M69+M73+M74+M77+M80+M90+M180+M181+M271+M275+M602+M606+M621+M876+M898 = 6187
A Roads = 49,876
B Roads = 72,321
Yes. To reiterate it seems my ambition has outstripped my patience/talent, as after taking one look at the seemingly infinite list of ‘A’ roads (not to mention a pretty hefty compendium of ‘B’ roads, too), I decided my time would be best spent hazarding a guess as to what both A and B roads would add up to. And then multiply/divide that particularly hazy figure by the above one I did actually arrive at re: motorways.
So drum roll and heightened sense of anticipation if you will………
…..and the all-important set of digits reads…….
Happy Monday y’all!