Motorways are now seen as the arteries of the country. In Cumbria & Lancashire we are lucky have the relatively quiet section of the M6 together with its links to the Fylde and the Ribble valley.
Talking to a number of Past Rotary District Governors it would seem that before the motorways travelling through our district before was a great adventure or perhaps, occasionally, a nightmare. Whilst traffic was less the times taken to travel North to South would be that much longer.
Reflecting on the road network in the district I recalled some of the changes I have been involved in over the years. Making sure that the A590 went to the M6 rather than being hidden away at the end of the Levens diversion. Being told off for taking an A6** road across the wrong side of the naming divide.
In this time of sat navs many of you may not know the rule of thumb of road numbering. If you’re between the A6 and the A5 numbers will be A5**, if between the A1 and A6 we have the A6**. So allowing the Carlisle Northern Development Route to be called the A689 is probably a no-no for the purist. If you want to find out more about this rather unusual topic take a look at http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/
Here’s a thought; could the map be the basis of a redistricting exercise for Rotary with roads as the defining boundary feature rather than political or geographical boundaries. Adding in some of the key east-west and north-south routes might result in some interesting areas……