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Motorway achievement: North West (Paperback)
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Motorway achievement: North West (Paperback)

Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 01/06/2005
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The North-West of England, home of the Industrial Revolution, also saw the beginning of a new era in road communications, when Britain's first motorway, the Preston By-pass section of the M6, was completed in 1958. By the end of the 20th century the Region had a greater concentration of motorways than any other part of the country. It was realised early on that an improved road network was fundamental to the area's economic regeneration. The North-West's diverse topography and geology presented unique challenges of considerable magnitude. The engineers involved had to contend with the rugged terrain of the Pennines and the Lake District, coastal plains, and the built-up areas of major conurbations. Technical feats included crossing major rivers, the Manchester Ship Canal and other waterways, a complex railway system, in addition to the necessary provision of links to the existing road network. This compelling and eminently readable narrative traces the Region's motorway development, outlining the benefits that have resulted in terms of traffic, safety, economy and environment. A large number of colour photographs and diagrams lavishly illustrate the author's fascinating story of what was a remarkable achievement, often carried out under difficult circumstances, of which the personnel concerned can be justifiably proud. Harry Yeadon's book combines landscape, regional and transport history, and highlights the numerous advantages of the motorway revolution.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781860773525
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 235 x 165 x 10 mm

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