By G. Charlesworth
In A background of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth offers a desirable account of how political and social attitudes relating motorways have evolved. He describes the early highway rules sooner than and among the 2 global Wars and is going directly to hide the development sped up within the Sixties; despite the fact that, through the Nineteen Seventies objections started to be raised on environmental and social grounds.These, coupled with the oil trouble of 1973/4 and the overall downturn within the economic climate, lowered the development that was once being made.
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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.
1 Future pattern of principal national routes, 1946 (from Milne & Westhorpe, Proc. Inst. Road Tar Conf. London, 1971) (copyright British Road Tar Association) 24 1939-1950: THE YEARS OF RESTRICTIONS situation in 1946/47 and Baker was sent to be Divisional Road Engineer in Wales. During his time there, he accompanied the Minister on a tour of the German Autobahnen in 1950. He returned to Ministry Headquarters a few years later as Chief Engineer and was eventually responsible in that capacity for overseeing the planning, design and construction of the early motorways until his retirement in 1965.
In some circumstances (except where objections were made by local councils and certain other bodies) the Minister could dispense with the holding of an inquiry. When an inquiry was held the Minister could make or confirm the scheme either without modification or subject to such modifications as he thought fit. Costs of Special Roads were to be borne wholly or in part by moneys provided by Parliament and powers with certain limitations were provided to acquire land in connection with a Special Road scheme.