I've never been quite sure if a motorway feels like an invasion or an escape route for people who live near one.
I rather suspect it depends how old you are. Tom is obviously young enough to still see the open road as an exciting path towards new adventure, turning his Oldton photos into some kind of digital road movie. No doubt a lot of the young people were quick to abandon the town.
Notice here how on one side of the road there are still some signs of nature, evidence of life.
On the other there is nothing, blank space; that place where people go when they leave Oldton.