• Short Summary

    TOKYO - THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN THE WORLD - IS SPEEDING UP ITS PROGRAMME OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT IN READINESS FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEING HELD IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER, 1964.

  • Description

    TOKYO - THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN THE WORLD - IS SPEEDING UP ITS PROGRAMME OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT IN READINESS FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEING HELD IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER, 1964. THE NEED IS URGENT - FOR TOKYO IS THE CITY THAT HEADS ALL THE STATISTICS. IT'S THE FIRST CITY IN HISTORY TO HAVE A POPULATION OF 10 MILLION AND THIS INCREASES AT A RATE OF 1,000 A DAY. ONLY 9 PER CENT OF TOKYO'S 795 SQUARE MILES IS ROADWAY COMPARED WITH 23 PER CENT IN LONDON, 25 PER CENT IN PARIS AND 35 PER CENT IN NEW YORK. THE RESULT - TOKYO HAS THE WORLD'S WORST TRAFFIC JAMS.

    NOW CRANES AND BULLDOZERS, PILE DRIVERS AND CONCRETE MIXERS ARE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT IN TOKYO'S TWISTING STREETS AND NARROW ALLEYS. MOTORWAYS, SUBWAYS AND UNDERGROUND CAR PARKS ARE BEING BUILT TO EASE THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. TO WIDER ROADS AND GET THE ALMOST PARALYSED TRAFFIC MOVING, THE ROAD BUILDERS HAVE HAD TO UPROOT TREES, DIG UP GAS AND WATER PIPES AND RE-LAY TELEPHONE LINES. THOUSANDS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AT GROUND LEVEL WEAR BLACKS AND YELLOW STRIPED OVERALLS AS A BOLD SIGNAL TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC.

    POLICE SAY THAT ABOUT 1,800 PROJECTS, EACH REQUIRING MORE THAN 20 DAYS WORK INVOLVING ROADS, ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN IN THE CITY. FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROJECTS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO- LEVEL SUBWAY LINES AND AN UNDERGROUND CAR PARK, ALL TRAFFIC WAS STOPPED FOR THREE MONTHS TO SPEED UP THE WORK.

    BY THE TIME THE OLYMPIC GAMES START, 90 PER CENT OF TOKYO'S ROADS ARE DUE TO BE PAVED COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT 82 PER CENT. NEW TRAFFIC SIGNS, BASED ON INTERNATIONAL SIGNS USED IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, WERE INTRODUCED IN TOKYO IN MAY FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF FOREIGN VISITORS.

    ACCORDING TO THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, THERE ARE 530,395 REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES IN TOKYO. BY OCTOBER NEXT YEAR THE FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO BE 976,000. THE NEW ROADS, BRIDGES, FLY-OVERS, UNDERPASSES, CAR PARKS ARE THEREFORE SORELY NEEDED... IT'S A ROAD-BUILDING BOOM THAT MANY JAPANESE HOPE WILL LAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4U0TMOLC141JB8W3K0WBNVJGY
    Media URN:
    VLVA4U0TMOLC141JB8W3K0WBNVJGY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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