Remember the city before the motorway was built?

These aerial pictures clearly show the line of the motorway snaking around Tipner and heading towards Mile End.
These aerial pictures clearly show the line of the motorway snaking around Tipner and heading towards Mile End.
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THIS WEEK IN 1980: The expansion of Waterlooville

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It’s 1972 and work is under way to give Portsmouth its third road link to the mainland

Today we all take the M275 for granted, but building a motorway into the heart of any city, especially sea-locked Portsmouth, was tricky and controversial.

These marvellous aerial pictures were taken for the city council.

They clearly show the line of the motorway snaking around Tipner and heading south towards Mile End.

Where the Rudmore flyover and roundabout are today, rows of terraced houses had been demolished.

The few that remain on the left are now in Whale Island Way.

Acres of wasteland, which once housed families, can be seen at the bottom of the horizontal photograph with the old St John the Baptist church (now flats) standing alone.

Small boats can be seen on the foreshore close to the old Rudmore gas holders and ramrod straight Twyford Avenue sticks out in both shots.

To the north, past the densely populated streets of Stamshaw, can be seen the Tipner greyhound stadium.

You can also make out the naval firing ranges at Tipner, the torpedo testing lake at Horsea Island and an old submarine waiting to be broken up at Pounds’ yard.

The motorway bridge across Tipner Lake has yet to be build and there’s no sign of the IBM headquarters at North Harbour or Port Solent let alone a Tesco superstore.

The route of the M27 can be seen curling away through Paulsgrove in the top left hand corner of the vertical picture.