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Read the text. For questions 17 – 24, use the word on the right to form a word that fits in the gap. For each question, write your answer in the gap.
The Need for Speed Keyword List Nowadays we take motorways for granted, but as an invention they are only around 100 years old. Italy was the first country to build one after an engineer, Puricelli, proposed a fast road with a of 55 kilometres, connecting the cities of Milan and Varese. was completed around 1925, and the new road started a trend for motorways and later across Europe.
Germany’s Autobahn network was begun in the 1930s and is known for two things: it is among the world’s longest, and the speed limit is ! Only the USA and China have longer networks, and those countries are larger than Germany. And while it sounds dangerous to have no speed limit, German are sensible and accidents are rare.
The UK was slow to develop its motorways, with the M1 from London to Leeds only appearing in 1959. In the early days it was rather , and in 1972 thick fog led to a crash involving 200 vehicles. Though lighting has now improved, the network remains compared to those in mainland Europe.