By G. Charlesworth
In A background of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth offers a desirable account of ways political and social attitudes touching on motorways have evolved. He describes the early street guidelines earlier than and among the 2 international Wars and is going directly to disguise the construction sped up within the Sixties; besides the fact that, throughout the Nineteen Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil predicament of 1973/4 and the final downturn within the financial system, lowered the growth that was once being made.
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Surveys Following the Minister's statement in the House Of Commons in 1946, the Ministry began to carry out preliminary survey and road location work on trunk roads and principal national routes. Air survey methods were brought into use early in this work (in 1947/48 the Director-General of the Ordnance Survey completed two such surveys covering 80 miles of principal routes) and by 1949/50 preliminary surveys were completed for almost the whole of the trunk road system, and detailed surveys either from the air or on the ground of some 5,000 miles had been completed.
Detailed planting proposals, based on recommendations of this committee, were prepared by the landscaping staff of the consulting engineers Sir Owen Williams and Partners. Planting took the form of groups of forest trees indigenous to the surrounding countryside and one of the areas treated in this way was near Luton. This area did, however, come in for some criticism from Sylvia Crowe,14 the landscape architect who thought the bridges and embankments formed clumsy shapes. Service areas and emergency facilities Because frontage development was not permitted on a motorway, service facilities were to be provided in areas set back from the motorway with access at the rear to the ordinary road system for staff and supplies to those areas.
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