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By G. Charlesworth

In A historical past of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth provides a desirable account of how political and social attitudes pertaining to motorways have evolved.  He describes the early highway guidelines prior to and among the 2 international Wars and is going directly to conceal the development sped up within the Sixties; even though, through the Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil predicament of 1973/4 and the overall downturn within the economic system, lowered the development that was once being made.

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BRITISH ROAD FEDERATION. Roads and road transport. British Road Federation, London, 1944. 6. INSTITUTION OF AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERS. The post-war development of road motor transport. Section I, roads; Section 11, progress of motor vehicle design and construction; Section Ill, traffic. Institution of Automobile Engineers, London, 1945. 7. T. The ideal road system and its economy. Institution of Highway Engineers, London, 1947. 8. T. Traffic problems with particular relation to South Wales. Institution of Highway Engineers, London, 1949.

Parking space was to be provided and the services were to include fuel supplies and refreshments. The areas were to be let to private developers and in the case of the London-Birmingham motorway the first two areas were at Newport Pagnell, leasedto Motorway Services Ltd, and at Watford Gap, leased to Blue Boar (Motorway) Ltd. 41 A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTORWAYS Motorways were to be equipped with an emergency telephone system with telephone points located on the hard shoulder at about 1 mile intervals, the phones being connected directly to a police station.

Q4S:'~ ~: M45 tJooO" : ~? -.. Bristol'" • •• • • • • • • "'l.? 1 Motorway framework, 1959 38 100 I 1950-1960: MOTORWAY CONSTRUCTION BEGINS those motorways which had already been planned and authorised into the cities they were designed to serve. The complex problems of planning roads in urban areas were also discussed by the conference on highway needs of Great Britain at the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1957,6 where the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, after referring to his programme for inter-urban motorways and trunk roads, said that next came the task of eliminating bottle-necks in urban areas by schemes both within and at the approaches to large towns and cities; he made reference to the Stretford-Eccles by-pass which was being built as an urban motorway.

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