April 16, 1995 in Nation/World

British Phone Numbers Take New Dialing Codes

Compiled From Wire Services

British telephone numbers will require new dialing codes beginning today.

Most of the new area codes will simply add a numeral 1 in front of the existing code when it is dialed from outside the country.

London’s two previous codes - 71 and 81, will now be 171 and 181.

Inside the country, the codes are preceded by a 0; in London that was 071 and 081. Now they will be 0171 and 0181.

Five cities - Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield - have entirely new codes.

Callers using the old code will hear a recorded announcement telling them how to redial using the correct code.

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