The Motorway Achievement

Author: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Thomas Telford
ISBN: 9780727731968
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The Motorway Achievement. The creation of the UK motorway network in the second half of the 20th century facilitated a dramatic improvement in the mobility of people and goods and contributed greatly to the prosperity enjoyed today. Key coverage Recounts the many attempts to promote substantial road improvement and new road planning in the first half of the 20th century Includes a reprint of Sir Frederick Cook's seminal report along with other papers reflecting the altered attitude to motorways An account of Harold Watkinson's contribution, who, though not the first to announce a motorway, did more than most Ministers of Transport to initiate the motorway programme Economic appraisal and forecasting techniques used The technical problems that had to be mastered in the persistent search for better value for money How the Transport Research Laboratory contributed to better safety through its interest in engineering, materials and design Chapter devoted to geometric design

From Rail To Road And Back Again

Author: Colin Divall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131713186X
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From Rail To Road And Back Again . The coming of the railways signalled the transformation of European society, allowing the quick and cheap mass transportation of people and goods on a previously unimaginable scale. By the early decades of the twentieth century, however, the domination of rail transport was threatened by increased motorised road transport which would quickly surpass and eclipse the trains, only itself to be challenged in the twenty-first century by a renewal of interest in railways. Yet, as the studies in this volume make clear, to view the relationship between road and rail as a simple competition between two rival forms of transportation, is a mistake. Rail transport did not vanish in the twentieth century any more than road transport vanished in the nineteenth with the appearance of the railways. Instead a mutual interdependence has always existed, balancing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. It is that interdependence that forms the major theme of this collection. Divided into two main sections, the first part of the book offers a series of chapters examining how railway companies reacted to increasing competition from road transport, and exploring the degree to which railways depended on road transportation at different times and places. Part two focuses on road mobility, interpreting it as the innovative success story of the twentieth century. Taken together, these essays provide a fascinating reappraisal of the complex and shifting nature of European transportation over the last one hundred years.

Proceedings Of The First Conference Of The Construction History Society

Author: James W. P. Campbell
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0992875102
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Proceedings Of The First Conference Of The Construction History Society. Session papers cover a bevy of topics of interest to building and construction historians, including: The British cut clasp nail ; Concrete platforms in the North Sea ; Timber supply in colonial China 1840-1940 ; Pier Luigi Nervi vs Fazlur Khan: the developing of the outrigger system for skyscrapers ; Construction and structure of medieval gates.

The Motorway Achievement

Author: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Phillimore
ISBN: 9781860774461
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The Motorway Achievement. The busy motorway network of Southern and Eastern England has, over 40 years, overlaid a vast and mostly earlier road system, adopting directly from that system only the Maidenhead and Runnymede bridges and a significant constructional experiment near Stilton in 1957-8 which now underlies the A1(M). The area’s motorways now total 657 miles – nearly one third of the UK’s motorway system but by length only 0.013 per cent of all UK roads. To thread motorways around London and through the diverse economic geography and geology of those populous car-owning regions to seaports and airports, required civil engineers to overcome many planning and structural problems and the post-war shortages, particularly of steel and finance. Their work facilitated far heavier freight and passenger flows, and easier distribution for the building aggregates needed in roads, new factories and offices, New Towns and the rebuilding of London. Meanwhile, inter-urban commuting from points beyond London’s Green Belt was largely facilitated by matching investments in electrified railways – many running parallel with motorways. The book also includes the visionary ideas for motorways advanced by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu from 1906 to 1928 and the later successes of Sir Frederick Cook and Lord Watkinson of Woking in persuading H.M. Government to secure appropriate legislation and build the region’s motorways from 1958 onwards. It looks at changes in traffic control systems and envisages the extra links and motorway widening works needed to serve international trade and meet the challenges of congestion, pollution and using different fuels. This beautifully produced volume is the second in Phillimore’s Building the Network series and is sure to be highly acclaimed by transport historians.

Ice Manual Of Highway Design And Management

Author: Ian D. Walsh
Publisher: ICE Publishing
ISBN: 9780727741110
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Ice Manual Of Highway Design And Management. The ICE manual of highway design and management is a onestop reference for all practicing engineers working in the field of highway engineering. Written and edited by a wide selection of leading specialists, this manual covers each of the key aspects of highway engineering projects from funding, procurement and transport planning to traffic engineering, materials and design as well as the management and maintenance of existing highways assets.