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In brief Britain's first motorway

Britain's first motorway, the 13km Preston bypass, opened 40 years ago this week. Built by Tarmac for 3.5M, the dual two lane road had no central barrier, no lighting and unpaved hard shoulders. It later became part of the M6, and has recently been widened to dual four lane with continuous hard shoulders.

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