By G. Charlesworth
In A background of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth provides a desirable account of ways political and social attitudes relating motorways have evolved. He describes the early highway regulations earlier than and among the 2 global Wars and is going directly to disguise the construction sped up within the Sixties; although, through the Nineteen Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil concern of 1973/4 and the overall downturn within the economic climate, diminished the development that was once being made.
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Responsibilities for roads in Wales were similarly transferred to the Secretary of State for Wales on 1 April 1965 (see chapter 8). A start on motorway schemes in Lancashire Lancashire County Council, through its enterprising and energetic County Surveyor and Bridgemaster, Sir James Drake, had been pressing for several years for a start to motorway construction in the county as part of its plan for roads. These pressures were reinforced at a conference on roads in Lancashire in 1953 2 organised jointly by the British Road Federation, the Lancashire and Merseyside Industrial Development Association and the Lancashire County Council.
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). For two-lane dual-93 ft. For three-lane dual-109 ft. 1 ft wide at each side of the carriageway, flush with it and of a contrasting colour. Dual two-Iane-22 ft excluding marginal strip.
1 ft wide at each side of the carriageway, flush with it and of a contrasting colour. Dual two-Iane-22 ft excluding marginal strip. Dual three-Iane-30 ft excluding marginal strip. ) Normally 15 ft wide and clear of obstructions (but some planting of shrubs or small trees permitted); may be reduced to 5 ft at bridges. Not less than 15 ft. Width to be maintained at bridges. Radius not less than 3,000 ft. Normal maximum I in 30 but up to I in 20 may be permitted in some hilly country. To be provided at intervals to enable drivers to draw off the carriageway to rest or make minor repairs.
A History of British Motorways by G. Charlesworth