William Rees Jeffreys was described by Lloyd George in 1937 as ‘The greatest authority on roads in the United Kingdom and one of the greatest in the whole world’. He led the campaign to seal the nation’s roads so improving travel for road users and reducing roadside nuisance. He was a major force in developing the national road classification system.
Rees Jeffreys occupied many influential positions in promoting the interests of road users including Secretary of the Road Board, Secretary to the RAC, Chairman of the Roads Improvement Association and Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Automobile Engineers. He died in 1954.
Following his death his estate provided the endowment which has enabled the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund to offer financial support for more than fifty years to education, research and physical road transport related projects.