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Army Manoeuvres in Hertfordshire

From the Hemel Hempstead Gazette

20th September 1913



Hemel Hempstead

The Troops Marching through Hemel Hempstead

Warning to Motorists

It is announced by the War Office that in order to prevent the operations of the troops being unduly interfered with, the powers granted by the Military Manoeuvres Act to close, at short notice to all wheeled traffic. any public roads within the Manoeuvre Area will be put in force in so far as regards the roads in the immediate vicinity of the troop's. The ordinary traffic of the district will be interfered with as little as possible, but the provisions of the Act will be rigidly enforced as regards motors and other vehicular traffic conveying spectators. Persons desirous of seeing the Manoeuvres are advised, therefore. to come either on foot, on horseback, or on bicycles, for in motor cars or carriages they will be unable to get near the operations.

It is also notified for the information of motorists that the Uxbridge-Amersham-Great Missenden-Wendover road and the Watford-Hemel Hempstead-Leighton Buzzard road will be occupied by troops on Saturday, 20th, and Sunday, 21st September. In several places water will be obtained from mains on the main road, and there will be a considerable traffic of water carts, supply waggons, etc., on the roads on the above dates, that motorists will find difficulty in getting through. It is probable that Watling-street between Fenny Stratford and Towcester as well as parts of the roads mentioned above will be thronged with troops and transport throughout the Army Exercise (22nd and 26th September), and motorists are notified that great delays in getting through are likely to occur, and they are advised to use roads further to the East.

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