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 regulations ahead of and among the 2 international Wars and is going directly to disguise the construction sped up within the Nineteen Sixties; even if, throughout the Nineteen Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil main issue of 1973/4 and the overall downturn within the financial system, lowered the growth that used to be being made.
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British Road Federation, London, 1948. 10. E. Design and layout of motorways. J. Instn Highway Engrs, 1948, 1, No. 2. 11. DRAKE J. Road plan for Lancashire. Lancs CC, Preston, 1949. 12. SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Report on the prevention of road accidents. HMSO, London, 1939. 13. JEFFREYS R. The King's highway. Batchworth Press, London, 1959. 1. Motorway standards proposed by Aldington in 1945 6 Design speed Formation width Marginal strip Carriageway Verge Central reservation Curves Gradients Lay-bys 75 mile/h (interestingly, Aldington thought it was doubtful whether a driver should expect to travel continuously on a motorway faster than 60 mile/h).
The Minister's statement referred to "certain major projects of national importance" which should be ready for commitment towards the end of the 3 year period 1956/59 and that because of their high cost "the Government have in mind that tolls should be charged in suitable cases". It was pointed out that responsibility of the Minister of Transport for roads in Scotland was to be transferred to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 1 April 1956 and that it was hoped that a crossing of the Firth of Forth could be started within the next 4 years.
Early in 1943 the Institution of Highway Engineers 3 , which in 1936 had put forward a plan for 2,800 miles of motorway, prepared a report on post-war highways. The Institution considered that little real progress had been made towards a solution of the highway problem in Britain. They drew attention to comments in the report of the Committee on Land Utilization in Rural Areas' issued in 1942 which advocated the provision of roads for fast traffic preferably by 19 A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTORWAYS means of a number of new trunk roads rather than by the piecemeal widening of existing roads.