Overview

Private Acts

For centuries petitioning of Parliament for a Private Act was necessary before work could start on the building of a road or railway.

Parliamentary roads

Roads were first considered by Parliament more than 700 years ago.

Turnpikes and tolls

Road tolls, or turnpikes, were vital to ensure roads were kept in good condition. Parliament passed the necessary legislation.

Fire and steam

Parliament has been synonymous with railways since the early days of fire and steam.

Full steam ahead

Parliamentary activity on railway legislation heated up.

Quicker communications

Faster transport also meant quicker communications. Parliament responded by creating moving Post Offices.

Also within Living Heritage

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When did Parliament first consider a petition to levy road tolls? Key dates on the road to a modern transport infrastructure