Constructing the M6 over the Lune Gorge, Preston

21 September, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:30

Construction of the bridge that will carry the M6 over the Lune Gorge.
Construction of the bridge that will carry the M6 over the Lune Gorge.

About this event

Listen first hand to an experienced engineer's account of road building in the 1960's focusing on what was perhaps Britain's most challenging highway engineering project of that era.

It is difficult to recall just how different civil engineering and British society were back in the '60's. The railways and rolling stock were antiquated and worn out. The UK was paying off a huge lend-lease debt to the United States and was scared of another war - with USSR. The arterial road network was grossly inadequate for the new generation of affordable mass-produced motor cars.

In 1967, John Laing Construction won part of the M6 as it approached Scotland, up through the Lune gorge. I reported to the Project Manager "somewhere in the wilds North of Tebay", which turned out to be a former school (now a restaurant).

This light hearted talk is an account of the next 3 years as we struggled to build the many bridges through the gorge, using 7 figure logs & brick sized mobile phones, feeding slow, huge, office based computers with punched cards.

Speaker: Mac Steels

Refreshments will be served from 1800 for a meeting start of 18:30.

Organised by Lancashire Branch, this will be a joint event with NW Historic Engineering Group (HEG) and the NW Charted Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)


For more information, please contact:

Kenton Chong

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