Preston bypass 60 today.

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    Chippy_Tea

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    Good news for those of us who have to use this road often.




    Exactly 60 years ago today (5 December 1958), 2,300 drivers drove along a new road for the first time…and straight into the history books.

    The eight-mile section of road they were driving on was the Preston bypass – the very first motorway in Britain, which is now part of the M6. It had just two lanes in each direction, no safety barrier in the central reservation and no electronic signs or other technology.

    Today hundreds of thousands of drivers travel more than 20 million miles on the M6 every day, accounting for one in eight of all motorway journeys.

    They are now on the cusp of a major technology transformation which will significantly improve journeys on the M6. In the latest stage of the motorway’s evolution, Highways England is now pledging to complete four upgrades on the M6 by spring 2022 to add extra lanes and better technology to 60 miles of the motorway between Coventry and Wigan.

    Read more - https://t.co/MdJ1GMHgCm

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    I thought this was going to be a post to tell us that the speed limit had been reduced for the day
     
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    Most days you would be lucky to do 60.
     
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    Best thing that ever happened to Preston :D
     
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    Surely it should read straight into a traffic jam?:laugh8:
     
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