Twyford Down was the scene of a lengthy environmental battle in 1993-5. The planners proposed a motorway that would cut through three sites of special scientific interest, a national park, green belt land and protected land, and despite massive opposition the scheme was pushed through.
Many 'eco-warriors' set up camp on the proposed route, living up trees and generally making the clearing of the land a long and complicated affair.
After lengthy evictions, the site was finally cleared and construction started.
A huge protest went ahead in the summer of 1995, and thousands of people assembled to march down the unopened motorway as a protest against the horrendous environmental impact of the road.
It was an incredibly hot day, and I was moved and touched by the huge mass of people who had turned up to demonstrate their opposition to this unnecessary scheme.
This picture is of the unfinished structure of a bridge. The new road saved drivers 12 minutes in their journey time.
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