6 January 2015


Happy new year, everyone! I'd love to be able to write you a fascinating preview of what 2015 holds for CBRD, but one of the exciting things about this website is that even I have no idea what's coming up because I don't plan ahead and just add things as the ideas come to me.

The one thing I can say with some certainty is that there's a lengthy new article about the development of variable message signs in the pipeline. The UK was a world leader with this technology in the 1960s and the range of ideas and prototypes we went through to produce complex electronic matrix signals in 1969 is astonishing. I'm also hoping to add some more routes to the Motorway Database — I have my sights set on the A303 and A30, which will be a major addition.

For now, I've brought back something that was binned in the clear-up when I relaunched the website last year, and whose return has been requested more than anything else. The Motorway Chronology Maps are back at last — now sitting in their new home as part of the Motorway Database (they used to be in "Histories"). Hooray!

Now, you'll have to excuse me if that's all there is in this update, but I do have an awful lot of writing to do on the subject of electronic message signs...

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