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Impact on towns and cities

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  Without adequate transport, urban areas could not expand. Canals cut the price of coal. Food and building materials like stone, sand, lime, and timber became more available. Waste like horse manure could be sent away. This made urbanisation (growth of towns and cities) possible and they expanded. Street plan, King's Cross, London, circa 1830
King's Cross around 1830