M6 at 60 in pictures: The impressive numbers behind the construction of Preston Bypass

60 years ago it was hailed as the flagship scheme for a new era of road-building, today it's a fundamental part of everyday life in Lancashire.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 7:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 8:40 am
Preston Bypass

Here are the impressive numbers behind the construction of the Preston Bypass.

When the M6 opened in 1958 there was no central reservation and no speed limits
Each bridge was designed differently and painted in different colours to try and make sure drivers did not get bored and nod off.

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The men behind the project. Pictured left, Harry Yeadon, right, James Drake
Pictured is the view looking south from the base of Red Scar towards the Samlesbury interchange
Pictured: Construction of the reinforced bridge supports that will carry the new Preston Bypass
Pictured: At the Inauguration ceremony Mr. Fred Hackett drove his bulldozer and ceremoniously demolished a hedge to indicate the start of the construction
Pictured: Slip road on to northbound M6 on opening
Blackpool Road in Preston was the inspiration for the construction of the Preston Bypass and ultimately the M55.
Aerial shot of the construction of the Preston By-Pass in 1958
Picture: Bridge construction over the River Ribble at Samlesbury 1957