Road shows the way to meet demand from cars
The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
PHOTOS have been found revealing the creation of the A355 road as we now know it.
Buckinghamshire County Council released the archive photos as part of its 125-year anniversary promotion on Facebook.
The pictures show how the county met the challenge of increasing number of cars on the roads in the 30s by updating the road.
Under the Local Government Act, 1929, Bucks County Council became responsible for all public highways in rural districts, and this included what we now know as the A355.
It took the total mileage of county roads to 1,627.
The county records describe how in the late 19th and early 20th centuries roads like these were made of local gravel and field flints, augmented by granite from quarries in Leicestershire.
Later, roads, like the one from Slough to Beaconsfield pictured, that carried heavier traffic were usually covered with a layer of tar to prevent disintegration.
The A355 in the 1920s County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UU. Phone: 01296 382587 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org