• Short Summary

    FOUR YEARS AND ONE WEEK AFTER TUNNELING BEGAN UNDER THE SCHELDE RIVER, KING BAUDOUIN AND QUEEN FABIOLA TODAY (SATURDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED THE 690-METRE (756-YARD) "J.

  • Description

    FOUR YEARS AND ONE WEEK AFTER TUNNELING BEGAN UNDER THE SCHELDE RIVER, KING BAUDOUIN AND QUEEN FABIOLA TODAY (SATURDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED THE 690-METRE (756-YARD) "J.F. KENNEDY" TUNNEL AT ANTWERP.

    THE TUNNEL, WHICH IS MADE UP OF FIVE PREFABRICATED ZECTIONS - EACH WEIGHING 47,000 TONS - IS DIVIDED INTO 4 SEPARATE COMPARTMENTS: TWO FOR THREE-LANE TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION; ONE FOR CYCLISTS AND MOTORCYCLISTS; AND ONE FOR RAILWAY TRAFFIC. IT IS 47.85 METRES (52 YARDS) WIDE AND 10 METRES (11 YARDS) HIGH.

    THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL - VIA THE E-3 AUTOROUTE THROUGH BELGIUM - NOW GIVES THE MOST DIRECT STRAIGHT THROUGH ROAD LINK FROM STOCKHOLM TO LISBON.

    AFTER HEARING AN INAUGURAL SPEECH FROM MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS DE SAEGER, KING BAUDOUIN CUT THE TAPE AND OFFICIALLY OPENED THE TUNNEL. THEN, ACCOMPANIED BY QUEEN FABIOLA, THE MONARCH DROVE THROUGH THE TUNNEL - FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY OFFICIAL CARS AND A NUMBER OF PRIVATE VEHICLES WHICH WERE PERMITTED THROUGH ON THE FIRST DAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MXJL1YAJ8KASSC3BCD1B56VP
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MXJL1YAJ8KASSC3BCD1B56VP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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