Preston Bypass

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.

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

1. 8.25 miles long

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

2. 22 bridges along its length

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

3. 5,438 tons of cement was used

The men behind the project. Pictured left, Harry Yeadon, right, James Drake
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Pictured is the view looking south from the base of Red Scar towards the Samlesbury interchange

4. 2,034,000 cubic yards of earth were moved in its construction

Pictured is the view looking south from the base of Red Scar towards the Samlesbury interchange
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