During the 18th and 19th centuries, the improved turnpike roads made possible new and faster types of road transport.
By changing horses at regular intervals at inns along the route, stage coaches could carry passengers and mail at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Therefore, a six mile journey would have taken 36 minutes.
If you compare this with today you would expect the journey to be a lot quicker. However, consider the volume of traffic we often battle against, particularly in rush hour!