Roads and railways
Whenever you travel along a road or a railway you are benefiting from something which was considered in, or initiated by, Parliament.
Members needed to be satisfied that a road or railway project was feasible, in both engineering and financial terms and it was needed by the area it was to serve. Also, that it did not unnecessarily interfere with private interests or public rights and that any harm to these was outweighed by the likely benefits.
Find out about the impact of the South Eastern Railway on the village of Marden, Kent, in our Connecting with Communities case study.
Explore a sample of records from the Parliamentary Archives relating to roads and railways
When did Parliament first consider a petition to levy road tolls? Key dates on the road to a modern transport infrastructure
Additional reference material for more in depth research on the history of transport legislation in Britain