Catalogue description Transport Ministries: Highways Special Roads (HS Series) Files

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Details of MT 121
Reference: MT 121
Title: Transport Ministries: Highways Special Roads (HS Series) Files

This series consists of the registered files of the Highways Special Roads Division of the Ministry of Transport and its successors. The files concern policy on legislation, the conservation and operation of trunk roads and motorways. Many relate to specific schemes such as the Severn Bridge.

The subjects covered include: motorway service areas and maintenance compounds, lighting, telephones, ferries, rates and charges on toll roads and bridges, and the highways programme. The series also includes the minutes and papers of the Advisory Committee on the Landscape Treatment of Trunk Roads.

Date: 1942-1978
Separated material:

Some files from this series have been re-registered in the CU series in MT 138

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: HS Series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Department of the Environment, General Planning Highways Division, 1970-1975

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Highways Administration Division, 1953-1959

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Special Roads Division, 1958-1959

Ministry of Transport, General Planning Highways Division, 1965-1970

Ministry of Transport, Special Roads A Division, 1965-1968

Ministry of Transport, Special Roads Division, 1959-1965

Physical description: 586 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1986 Department of Transport

Administrative / biographical background:

The Highways Special Roads Division was set up in 1958 as part of the Highways Administration group. Some of its functions were previously the responsibility of the Highways Trunk Roads Division. It was created because of the increase in work caused by the construction of a new and expanding motorway system and resulting legislation programme arising from the Special Roads Act 1949. Its functions covered all aspects of policy on legislation, construction and operation of motorways and trunk roads including ancillary services and work instructions.

In 1965 the Division was renamed Special Roads A Division and in 1968 became part of the Highways General Division.

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