Out of date?

Regarding your article on the opening of the M1, I don’t suppose I’ll be the only one to point out that the M1 was not the UK’s first motorway.


Regarding your article on the opening of the M1 (Back Page, 27 October) I don’t suppose I’ll be the only one to point out that the M1 was not the UK’s first motorway. That honour belongs to the M6 Preston by-pass.

Roger Flavell

Stoke-on-Trent



You really should do your research with regard to the Back Page article. The first stretch of motorway open was the Preston by-pass, the M6.

John Gildert

Preston, Lancs




Thank you for your letters and observations on this article. As you rightly say the Preston by-pass (later incorporated into the M6) was opened to traffic on 5 December 1958, nearly a year before the M1, which is generally recognised as the country’s first full-length motorway — editor.