08 May 2006

"Major's Folly"

"Major's Folly"
Originally uploaded by Jane Goth.
Nearish to where I live is a 4 lane motorway. It runs between Peterborough and about Huntingdon.

It's great, really it's great, it got rid of the Norman Cross roundabout which was a major holdup on the A1.

But it is also very pointless, the traffic levels don't justify it and at each end of the 4 lane stretch the road narrows back down to 2 lanes and stays that way until Yorkshire going north or until you hit the M25 going south.

So why was it built?

Well it was commissioned when John Major was Prime Minister and it runs through part of what was his constituency.

In post Napoleonic war times laying cobble roads was the job creation scheme.

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