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Offline doug

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 08:49:29 »
What you need to take on board Mmitch that when the M2 was built in the 1960s,only a small percentage of the population had cars, there certainly were not, the two to three cars a household you get now.If you were on the motorway after midnight it could be some time before you saw another vehickle.Designed in the 1950s built in the 1960s it was well ahead of its time.

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 18:53:32 »
Looks like it was taken from Robin Hood Lane to me, the bridge in the foreground carried the coastbound slip road.  :)

You are correct, I checked on Old-maps.

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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 17:30:24 »
Looks like it was taken from Robin Hood Lane to me, the bridge in the foreground carried the coastbound slip road.  :)

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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 17:10:29 »
I've just found another photo. It looks like I took it from within a few feet of the previous one. I'm not sure now whether I did take it from Robin Hood Lane or whether the bridge in front was Robin Hood Lane. It looks like Maidstone Road in the distance.


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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2011, 16:50:12 »
Here's a photo I took while the M2 was under construction. I think this is the Bluebell Hill interchange and I might have taken it from Robin Hood Lane in which case it is looking towards the river. The house top left might identify the location.



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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 12:03:38 »
I think the first stage opened in 1963 as far as Junction 5 (Sittingbourne A249). The A278 Gillingham link road at junction 4 was opened a couple of years later. My family in Rainham at the time used to have to sneak off at Farthing Corner services onto Miers Court Road.

Here's a picture of the link road under construction.



Photo obtained from NA3T Transport Photos. http://www.transportphotos.com/road/photo/GM00171-07


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Re: M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 11:19:32 »
Wasn't the M2 built in 2 stages? From the Three Crutches to the Gillingham link road first and then the rest.
It should never have been built with only 2 lanes. The Medway towns bypass section was always crowded and dangerous.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 09:51:03 »
When I lived in Borstal in 1955 there where a number of white lines across Wouldham Rd which everyone said was to be a new road and bridge. Think they had been there a while then so it only took about 10 years to happen  :)

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 22:36:27 »
What an excellent piece of film, members may be also interested (or may know already) that two opening booklets are on line for the M2, the contain some excellent photos, drawings and technical information.  Most surprising is the number of bridges on/over the M2.

Scroll down towards the end for the two PDF files, well worth printing.

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/histories/openingbooklets/

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Galgo23

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M2 Medway By-Pass 1963
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 21:49:29 »
For those interested, here's a short clip of the recently opened M2 motorway in 1963.

http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//ITN/1963/05/28/FS280563009/?s=Rochester&st=0&pn=1

 

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