proposals for major reconstruction of the a66, planned over the complete length within the lake district national park, have aroused strong opposition from some quarters. a 'before' survey was carried out during the summer of 1973 to attempt to obtain some insight into the attitude of the public towards roads in general in the lake district, and to assess the likely attitude to the proposed reconstruction.it consisted of questionnaire surveys conducted with motorists, parkers, walkers and residents, and photographic, speedflow and noise surveys. the 'before' survey suggested that visitors reacted strongly against road improvements in general in the lake district, while residents favoured them. an 'after' survey will be carried out in 1976, but in the meantime further surveys using cine films and still photographs are being carried out to assess the visual impact of roads and traffic on the countryside. (a)

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