Today calling 1948: oi, where are our cycleways?

In 1948, Britain’s Minister for Transport Alfred Barnes introduced the Special Roads Bill. This would – eventually – lead to the creation of Britain’s motorway network. But where are the cycleways promised in the 1948 plans? Apart from the New Towns – including Stevenage, with its extensive and dense network of cycleways – these ‘special roads for cyclists’ were never …

How one later Minister for Transport wanted HGVs to avoid city centres during daylight hours

In 1964, during a parliamentary debate welcoming the Buchanan transport-in-towns report Richard Marsh, the Labour MP for Greenwich since 1959, said: “There is no reason why we should permit vehicle deliveries in the centre of towns during daylight hours … There is no reason why more heavy traffic should not travel at night and avoid the town centres.” Marsh later …