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Motorway memories

Postby Daniel Cossins » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:46 pm

This week Alan considers the history of the Preston bypass, Britain's first motorway, 50 years after it opened.

Comment on Alan's latest blog here - [link=http://www.bbcwhodoyouthinkyouare.com/localhistory.php]Click here[/link] to read it.
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RE: Motorway memories

Postby pre1837 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:20 pm

Interesting to read about the early days of the Motorways WITHOUT any speed limits. These were later imposed, not for any safety reasons, but to conserve petrol due to the petrol shortage brought about by the Suez Crisis. The canal was closed by the then King of Egypt and the tankers had to come the long way round. After the Suez Crisis was over, was the speed limit abolished? You bet your life it wasn't. Like Income Tax, which was a temporary measure to raise revenue for a certain thing, it too was never done away with.
Interested in the surname SNELL circa 1910, Middlesex. and Claudia Vail nee Snell, living and married in Canada from about 1912/16.

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