Saturday, 4 September 2010

The A27

Modern roads come in for a lot of opposition and criticism, notwithstanding that our lives are very dependent on them, and the Brighton bypass, when first built, was like a raw wound on the Downs. It has now been largely assimilated by them and some sections even provide a measure of aesthetic satisfaction. It is interesting to contrast roads with Victorian railway lines which strived to follow the straightest, most level route between two points. We now regard some of these as real assets to the landscape. In 100 years time or so, and assuming the triumph of carbon-free motoring, will our descendants look with equal regard at the free-flowing swoops & curves of some of our major roads and motorways?

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