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On 5 December 1958 the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened

On 5 December 1958 the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened

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The by-pass being used shortly after opening, 1958

The Special Roads Act of 1949 made provision for a new concept: roads only open

Preston Bypass: A new era of motoring

On 5 December 1958, the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened, the AA was ready to help motorists

Olden Life: What was The Preston Bypass?

The opening of the Preston By Pass (the first motorway in the UK). Opened December 1958 by the then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

Although still busy, the M25 was flowing quite well on the day of our 1spin

The by-pass under construction, 5 December 1958

M6 Preston By-pass (J29 to J32)6 On 5th December 1958 ...

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M6 Preston Bypass

UK Motorways - M6 north onto M42 South

55th Birthday of Britain's first motorway which opened in Preston in 1958 | Blog Preston

Light traffic on the Preston bypass

Frost damage breaks up the carriageway, January 1959. Click to enlarge

Prime Minister's convoy on the Preston bypass

The first motorway was famously the eight-mile stretch of Preston bypass, which opened on the 5 December 1958. Then came the first motorway ...

On 5 December 1958, the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened, the AA was ready to help motorists | Turkish Deligh | Pinterest

On 5 December 1958, the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened, the AA was ready to help motorists | Turkish Deligh | Pinterest

... The drive of our lives | by brizzle born and bred

On 5 December 1958, the day the 8 mile Preston bypass opened, the AA was ready to help motorists | Turkish Deligh | Pinterest

M1 and Watford Gap celebrate their 50th birthday...with a 6p cup of tea

Plaque to commemorate the opening of the by-pass

Paving new hard shoulders, 1963. Click to enlarge

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End of motorway? The Preston Bypass was just the beginning. Click to enlarge

M6 Motorway Opening Commemoration Plaque - Tony Worrall Foto

Broughton flyover on the M1, near Newport Pagnell (now junction 14)

Samlesbury Interchange from the air. Click to enlarge

f) Aerial view of Samlesbury Interchange near Preston

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M1 in 1961

Opening of M4 Motorway 22nd December 1971. With the English section of the motorway completed

Bamber Bridge - 1845 map of Bamber Bridge.

This sign is 12 feet in diameter! Click to enlarge

g) Commencement of construction Preston Bypass

Haslingden By-pass - Opening Day photos etc from 1981.

Broughton, Lancashire - Image: Broughton cross roads on the A6 geograph.org.

PRESTON BY-PASS OPENING 1958 - Stock Image

Bamber Bridge - Image: Remains Of The Tower of Orr's Mill, School Lane,

b) Preston Bypass Construction c. 1956

M54 motorway - The motorway as it passes through Telford – Junction 5 shown here –

We have been kindly given fifteen lovely aerial photos showing the By-Pass during construction in the 1980s, besides the by-pass on historic record you will ...

Signs on the New Preston By-Pass Motorway - 1958 - Stock Image

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European route E22 - Image: E22norr 1

A dual-carriageway stretch of A59 near Clitheroe

Gravelly Hill Interchange, best known as Spaghetti Junction

We have been kindly given fifteen lovely aerial photos showing the By-Pass during construction in the 1980s, besides the by-pass on historic record you will ...

Opening of M4 Motorway 22nd December 1971. With the English section of the motorway completed

As it is today, forever and ever

Construction of the Preston bypass

M5 motorway - M5 entrance sign at Exeter.

Haslingden By-pass - Opening Day photos etc from 1981.

Sign spelling out motorway rules

Looking east from Junction 14

Preston Bypass, Lancashire, 1958. Artist: Aerofilms. - Stock Image

Samlesbury Interchange from the air. Click to enlarge

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Roads in the United Kingdom

The first motorway in Britain was built as the 8.5 mile Preston bypass (opened 1958); this would become the M6 which travels from London up to Carlisle and ...

M5 motorway - The M5 motorway south of the Avonmouth Bridge, near Bristol.

PRESTON BY-PASS OPENING 1958 - Stock Image

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M54 motorway - The M54 undergoing critical reconstruction work, J5 (Telford Centre),

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Looking north from a similar position south of Toddington services in July 1959, nearing completion

Bamber Bridge - Image: Withy Trees Mill Cottages, Withy Trees Road, BB

Haslingden By-pass - Opening Day photos etc from 1981.

The M6 from J29 (A6 Preston South)

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M6 Preston By-pass (J29 to J32)4

M58 motorway - Junction 3 (eastbound exit) near Bickerstaffe.

M54 motorway - The view from Staffordshire Way, which passes over the M54 near Codsall

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M53 motorway - Image: M53, Storeton 130909

The A59 (new alignment) near Bolton Bridge, approx 3 miles east of Skipton

M6, my life on the tarmac

M32 motorway - Image: Bristol M32 Motorway 01

Haslingden By-pass - Opening Day photos etc from 1981.

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A whole literary and visual culture built up over time, to celebrate a deep and growing affection for the motorway network.

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