The Aire gap again provided a transport route when in the 1960’s the M650 motorway was initially proposed to bypass Steeton and Eastburn. The proposal was only published in December 1973. It lasted almost exactly twelve months.
It was something easy to kill off during the Oil Crisis of the 1970s, and so it was slowly watered down, with a revised proposal in 1975 to a simple dual carriageway bypass. However, the Public Inquiry for this route ended up being abandoned due to disruption, and a mildly revised proposal then raised its head in 1978. It too was killed off by 1980. The A629 duel carriageway was finally opened to traffic in 1988, giving much needed relief to our villages.
The picture below shows the village long before the bypass was built.