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Happy Birthday M1

November 2, 2009

Had no idea it was the M1’s 50th birthday today, and surprised it was being celebrated. Anyway, it was, and the Guardian has a nice piece about it – an extract below.

“Yet anyone tempted to undervalue the motorways should try driving tomorrow, say from London to Swindon, by the route that one had to take before the M4,  juddering through the centre of Reading…”

Fair point. I never knew a motorway could have this kind of emotional effect on people, or service stations. But then Iain Sinclair did write about the M25 (Orbital), so really I shouldn’t be surprised.

Tenuous travel-themed post over, and I’m going to think more about roads.

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