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Last Updated: Monday, 16 January 2006, 20:20 GMT
Old and young open new link road
1925 Austin Clifton Tourer travelling on part of the new link road
The 1925 Austin Clifton Tourer was the first vehicle on part of the road
A new 2.5m relief road aimed at cutting traffic congestion in Weymouth, Dorset, has opened.

After a ribbon was cut by three-year-old Robyn Mackenzie, a 1925 Austin Clifton Tourer was the first vehicle along part of the new road.

It connects the village of Chickerell to the north east of Weymouth.

The road had been due to open in December but bad weather delayed the testing of traffic lights.

I've watched the road take shape over the past few months, and I thought it would be great if my old Austin Clifton was one of the first cars to use it
Carl Grahame

Robyn, who lives in Weymouth, was invited to take part in the opening after her mother, Chloe, contacted the county council.

The youngster had become fascinated by the development of the road as she passed it each day on her way to the nearby Little Rascals Nursery.

Owner of the vintage car Carl Grahame, who is chairman of the local Transport of Yesteryear Club, also asked to be involved and his 81-year-old vehicle was the first to travel the route, between the B3157 and the A354.

He said: "I've watched the road take shape over the past few months, and I thought it would be great if my old Austin Clifton was one of the first cars to use it."

Council chiefs hope the road will reduce traffic on residential roads in the area and improve access to the Granby industrial estate.




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