Press release: England’s first motorway turns 60 with major technology upgrade

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Road Improvements Summary

Exactly 60 years ago today (5 December 1958), 2,300 drivers drove along a new road for the first time…and straight into the history books.

Press release updated: Wed 5th Dec 2018, 9:31AM UTC

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Press release: England’s first motorway turns 60 with major technology upgrade