Driving back in time: 2016 vs 1945 (Find out how long your journey would’ve taken!)

If you’ve ever driven, or more specifically ever driven down a motorway and you don’t have cruise control, you will know just how boring a 60 mile stretch can be.

I had this exact same feeling and irritation on a recent cross-country trip to Bath. Simmering in my frustration it then occurred to me that I was having a real 21st Century problem. I could have EASILY taken the train, but the journey was actually shorter and cheaper by car. I had travelled across the country in just over 3 hours, and on reflection that is pretty incredible.

Travel is something we can all relate to, and if you are like me, you probably take our modern day transport links for granted. So a few days ago, when someone sent me a link to Map Time Travel, I knew I had to share it with you.

Maps Time Travel compares your present day journey against the same journey in 1945 – and the results are pretty surprising!

Turns out if I’d done the same trip to Bath 71 years ago it would have taken me twice as long AND cost me almost triple the amount in fuel.

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At the turn of the twentieth century railways dominated land transport. Motor vehicles had yet to seriously threaten the railways, except for local traffic, while aviation was at its early stages. Consequently, during the Second World War (1939 to 1945), the majority of Europe built their plans for mobilising and supporting their armies primarily around railways, not roads. And as a result of rationing the cost of petrol in 1945 would have been 40% more expensive than today when taking inflation into account.

Not a traffic jam in sight! London’s South Bank in 1951 Source: BBC

DID YOU KNOW

There are approximately 10 times the amount of registered vehicles on the road today as there was in the 1940’s.

All history lovers enjoy looking back in time and making comparisons between the past and present –  so anything to do with time travel is about as good as it gets. I loved playing around with Maps Time Travel, just take a look how long it would’ve taken wartime Britons to travel from Lands’ end to John O’Groats!!

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