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In 1802 Thomas Telford was asked by the Lords of the Treasury to conduct a survey into the interior of the Highlands. Telford gave his report the following year. It started a system of legislation which opened up the Highlands and improved communications with other parts of the country.

The main points of the report were making communication better through improved roads and bridges, the construction of the Caledonian Canal, promoting fisheries on the east and west coasts, causes of emigration and how to prevent it, and improving interaction between Britain and northern parts of Ireland.

The result was the construction of the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness and the completion of 920 miles of road and 120 bridges throughout the Highlands in 20 years.

Appendix to the Twenty-First Report of the Commissioners for Roads and Bridges in the Highlands of Scotland.
'Map showing the Present Roads between Inverness and Nairn with the Proposed New Line from Newtown of Petty to the Confines of the County of Nairn at Delness'

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Commission for the Repair of Highland Roads & Bridges, 21st Report, 1835, Map

1830s

Thomas Telford; Treasury; roads; bridges; transport; zoomable images

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In 1802 Thomas Telford was asked by the Lords of the Treasury to conduct a survey into the interior of the Highlands. Telford gave his report the following year. It started a system of legislation which opened up the Highlands and improved communications with other parts of the country.<br /> <br /> The main points of the report were making communication better through improved roads and bridges, the construction of the Caledonian Canal, promoting fisheries on the east and west coasts, causes of emigration and how to prevent it, and improving interaction between Britain and northern parts of Ireland.<br /> <br /> The result was the construction of the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness and the completion of 920 miles of road and 120 bridges throughout the Highlands in 20 years.<br /> <br /> Appendix to the Twenty-First Report of the Commissioners for Roads and Bridges in the Highlands of Scotland.<br /> 'Map showing the Present Roads between Inverness and Nairn with the Proposed New Line from Newtown of Petty to the Confines of the County of Nairn at Delness'