The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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It's taking forty-five minutes to travel half a mile! The people of Tamworth want their bypass now!
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The Midlands Road Development Group, an organisation of industrialists and hauliers, are not happy with the speed of road building in Britain. The M42, announced in 1972, has failed to reach Tamworth, which is grinding to a halt due to the constant flow of heavy traffic. They try to explain to Peter Green what should be done and are joined by a local councillor and his placard wielding supporters desperate to save their historic town from death by traffic.
It was more than another ten years before the M42 (1989) and M40 motorways (1991) were fully opened and Tamworth's traffic problems were eased.