By G. Charlesworth
In A heritage of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth provides a desirable account of ways political and social attitudes pertaining to motorways have evolved. He describes the early street guidelines sooner than and among the 2 global Wars and is going directly to hide the construction speeded up within the Sixties; in spite of the fact that, throughout the Nineteen Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil hindrance of 1973/4 and the final downturn within the financial system, diminished the development that used to be being made.
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Special Roads Act 1949 To allow the construction of roads such as motorways which are restricted to specific types of traffic, new legislation was required and this was brought about by the passage of the Special Roads Act 1949. This Act provided for the construction of roads reserved for special classes of traffic. Under this Act any highway authority might be authorised by means of a scheme to provide a Special Road for the use of traffic of any class prescribed. Where the Minister was to provide the Special Road, the scheme had to be made by the Minister and in the case of a local authority it had to be made by that authority and confirmed by the Minister.
Lancashire had been the first county to open a motorway but several other County Surveyors and consultants were also pressing ahead energetically with work on the various schemes announced by the Minister. Experience in the planning and design of motorways was being gained by these engineers and by engineers in the Ministry of Transport and contractors were also gaining knowledge and experience in building motorways. g. Greater London, the City of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff.
I··. ~ Manc'hester .... '\ Sheffield: " - -.... ""'~. .. ~ ", '. '.. ,'• . 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.
A History of British Motorways by G. Charlesworth