"New Ways" - road propaganda booklet issued by the British Roads Campaign Council, c1960 : High Street, Worcester
From a Roads campaign booklet assessing the need for new roads in the UK, and a section on Worcester, an image showing congestion along with traffic and pedestrians mixing in the heart of the city. At this date, as the road sign shows, all the city's major trunk roads and their attendant traffic, still navigated the inner city streets and so the mix of local and long distance traffic was quite staggering.
This image is of the city's main High Street that at the time still carried the designation of the A38, one of the country's main north - south trunk roads between the West Midlands and West Country and later to be largely duplicated as the M5 that woudl provide a bypass to Worcester. A fine collection of vehicles (no doubt pumping out lots of lead laded fumes) mix along the narrow street with cyclists and pedestrians and a great selection of shop frontages and facades. One thing that strikes me are the number of specially made signs for both shops and retail brands that can be seen. Coming along the pavement strides a gentleman with a pipe firmly clenched between his teeth.