Story of the Road

Roads (PART 1)

We’ve talked about how we and our bodies shaped driving but what about how we came to have the modern roads we drive on today? Before the development of modern communications, roads were what connected us as people. As such, they were driven by economic, political and...

Roads (Part 6)

Welcome to the last instalment of How Our Roads Came To Be. Roundabouts replace crossroads and required the car entering to give way to the traffic on the roundabout which was fine when the traffic was relatively light. But consider that, nowadays at a normal...

Roads (Part 5)

Last week it was speed and this week its traffic. As cars began getting faster and the traffic more intense, crossing the road safely became a bigger problem. The initial crossings were a parallel set of studs with two Belisha Beacons. As these were being ignored both...

Roads (PART 4)

This week it’s about speed limits, why we have them and how they help.   As the roads improved and vehicles got better things became faster and the need for speed limits became apparent. These limits are based around stopping distances and in the case of hitting a...

Roads (PART 3)

This week we’re talking about street lamps, road signs and road markings!   On the road, which is now made up of a carriageway for vehicles and a footway for people, we need to add some street furniture. This is road signs, street lights and boxes of various sorts....

Roads (PART 2)

Are you ready to find out even more about how our roads came to be? Just continue reading below! John McAdam was the first ‘modern’ road builder and gave his name to the Macadam surface in the 1800s. His brilliant innovation was realising that roads did not need...