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Just below the orange arrow in the middle of the screen above, you can see what looks like some sort of old access to or from the M11 to near Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire. It looks as though it comes arrow-straight off the motorway formation and down to the road that links Little Shelford, Newton and Harston, emerging onto that road next to a bridge under the M11. There's no junction there, nor has there ever been one in the 20 years that I can recall the area well.
I thought perhaps it was just a field access that happened to look as though it might once have led on to or off from the main motorway carriageway... but when I got there, this is what I saw.
It's totally overgrown now, and blocked by a fence, but clearly there was once some kind of paved route there, edged with kerbing where it comes out onto the country road. It obviously hasn't been used, or indeed usable, for many many years. But the OS map suggests that it once led in paved form much further than the tiny overgrown stub that's left in 2019.
Could it have been a temporary terminus for contractors while the road was being built? Or a works entrance/exit to and from the motorway in its earliest years, swiftly abandoned? I recall reading that this stretch of M11 opened in very early 1980, so I guess if it was out of use from the very early to mid-80s, it would have had enough time to become totally impassable with vegetation and tree growth and look like it does now.
I'll probably never know... but does anyone here know or recall what use this might have served?
And also, it would be odd to have a field access there... when there's actually one giving access to those fields already, just to the west of the mystery paved access I'm talking about...
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You can see what was there before the M11 existed on SABRE Maps using the OS 6 inch layer. The M11 runs up a field boundary before curving off to the north east; the triangular area of woodland between this track and the motorway exists because the motorway curves away from the field boundary and the narrow wedge of farmland would have been severed from the rest of the field. It looks, from the modern 1:50000, like that wedge has actually been built up, so possibly it was used to dispose of earth excavated from elsewhere and not required for embankments before being landscaped.
The line of your track was a field boundary, right back to the 19th century and possibly before. When the motorway was built it ran along the north-south boundary but severed access between fields on either side. My guess is that the track was provided to maintain access to fields further south from Shelford Road. You must remember that a map doesn't tell you who owns or farms any given field or how they are connected for day to day use; it may be that some of the fields further south used to be connected to the ones to the east, and were severed from them by the motorway. The highway authority would have had to provide equivalent access. Since that time evidently the track has become disused, perhaps because ownership or the use of the fields has changed, making it redundant. But just because it's not used now doesn't mean it was never used to reach those fields.
What's clear from Streetview and from the 1:50000 is that the track doesn't, and never has, joined the M11. Old-maps.co.uk has 1:50000 coverage from ca.1984 which clearly shows that, even then, the track was outside the boundary of the M11.
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The field containing the labels 45 / Well Head on your StreetMap was split in two by the M11. The east half was accessed by a track from Little Shelford but the west half needed a new access, which was provided by the track in question.