Stretching for 181 miles the A5 begins at Marble Arch in London and ends at Admiralty Arch in Holyhead, Wales. The road was left largely unchanged from it's original Roman route until the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland in 1800. Demand for improved connectivity between the two capitals at this time prompted Thomas Telford's redesign of the passage, developing social and economic links with Dublin, via the ferry port at Holyhead. Motorway, rail and aviation are now more efficient methods of transport and these photographs function as a document of the ancient thoroughfare, it's evolving identity and contemporary uses.

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