Ever since the Romans built Stane Street from London to Chichester and pedlars used the high ridge-line tracks across the South Downs, Sussex has needed strategic transportation to aid commerce and its ever-growing population. There were fifty-two active Turnpike Trusts in Sussex at their zenith in the early 1840s, most closing due to the short-lived canal mania that in turn lost its commerce to the railways. The London to Brighton railway line is just as well-known as the road that links the two cities, the annual London-Brighton Veteran Car Run being the longest-running motoring event in the world.
Sussex claims to fame include Brighton’s Volk’s Railway – Britain’s oldest electric railway and still operating – Eastbourne can boast to having been the first and oldest municipally-owned motor bus operator in the world; Bexhill is the home of British motor racing; and Gatwick – London’s second airport and now the busiest single runway airport in the world, had much more humble beginnings.
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• Author - Colin Tyson
• 96 pages
• 180 Illustrations
• Size - 234 x 165 mm
• ISBN - 9781445680613
• Publication Date - 15 Nov 2018