This title was first published in 2003. The history of roads in Great Britain has not been one of steady development, but rather, one that has waxed and waned in response to social, military and economic needs, and also as to whether there have been alternative methods of transport available. Paralleling this, the technical aspects of road construction - with the one great exception of Roman roads - can be seen as a fitful progression of improvement followed by neglect as the roadmaker has responded, albeit tardily on occasion, to the needs of the road user. This text describes the technical development of British roads in relation to the needs of the time, and thereby touches upon its relation to the history of the country more generally.
1. Introduction. 2. Prehistoric Trackways. 3. Roman Roads. 4. The Years of Neglect. 5. Scotland's Military Roads. 6. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Roads. 7. The Coming of the Motor Car. 8. Motorways. 9. Conclusion.