Preston By-pass Official Opening (1958)

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The Preston By-pass, Britain's first motorway, was opened in December 1958 by the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. This is the booklet issued for guests attending the opening ceremony. It discusses the road's inception and its difficult construction, and features many unique pictures of the road under construction and nearing completion.

The booklet also discusses other Lancashire road plans in the vicinity.

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Contents of note

  • Rare photographs of the Preston Bypass shortly before opening, including two showing streetlights at the A59 interchange which were removed shortly before opening.
  • Historical background and details of the Bypass's construction process.

How to view it

This document has been scanned in and is available as a .PDF file at CBRD Histories.