A History of British Motorways by G. Charlesworth

By G. Charlesworth

In A heritage of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth offers a desirable account of ways political and social attitudes referring to motorways have evolved.  He describes the early highway rules prior to and among the 2 international Wars and is going directly to conceal the development speeded up within the Sixties; even though, in the course of the Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil situation of 1973/4 and the final downturn within the economic climate, decreased the growth that was once being made.

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In addition to covering the main regulations concerning the use of motorways, the code gave guidance on motorway driving, some of which was as follows (a section on motorway driving is included in the current Highway code). - Make sure your vehicle is in good condition. 43 A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTORWAYS -Driving for long spells at an even speed may cause drowsiness. To prevent this, drive with adequate ventilation and stretch your legs at the parking or service areas. - When joining a motorway at an intermediate access point ...

The Trunk Roads Act 1946 As part of a policy of increased central control of main roads, the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport for roads of through traffic importance was increased by the passage of the Trunk Roads Act 1946. This Act increased the mileage of roads for which the Ministry was the highway authority from the 3,685 miles of the Trunk Roads Act 1936 to 8,190 miles-in England 5,308 miles, in Wales 934 miles and in Scotland 1,948 miles. The new Act required the Minister to keep the national system of through routes under review and gave the Minister powers to extend or otherwise improve the system as circumstances might demand, for example as required by the needs of agriculture, changes in the location of industry and the redistribution of the population.

43 A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTORWAYS -Driving for long spells at an even speed may cause drowsiness. To prevent this, drive with adequate ventilation and stretch your legs at the parking or service areas. - When joining a motorway at an intermediate access point ... watch for a safe gap between vehicles in the nearside traffic lane on the motorway and increase your speed in the acceleration lane to the speed of traffic in the nearside lane before joining it. Give way to traffic already on the motorway.

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