• Short Summary

    The longest tunnel in Europe was opened on Friday (10 January) by West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Hamburg.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN FROM River Elbe TO tunnel entrance
    0.08

    2.
    GV ZOOM IN TO Chancellor Schmidt surrounded by crowd
    0.16

    3.
    SV INT Tunnel control room PAN FROM controller TO television monitors (2 shots)
    0.32

    4.
    CU PAN ACROSS Control panel
    0.38

    5.
    SV EXT Schmidt throws switch to official open tunnel
    0.50

    6.
    SV Traffic enters tunnel
    0.54

    7.
    TRAVEL SHOT THROUGH Tunnel (2 shots)
    1.09

    8.
    SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Crowds watch traffic emerge from tunnel
    1.15



    Initials BB/1605 JW/JB/BB/1618



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The longest tunnel in Europe was opened on Friday (10 January) by West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Hamburg.

    The two-mile (3,325-metre) tunnel under the River Elbe cost 87 million pounds sterling (208 million U.S. dollars), has a six-lane highway and is only just -- by 135 yards (metres) -- shorter than the longest tunnel in the world ... Japan's Kanmon tunnel. But, since the Kanmon tunnel carries only two lanes of traffic, the Hamburg tunnel has been dubbed "the biggest tunnel in the world".

    The tunnel by-passes Hamburg at a saving of about one hour's driving time and can take between 60,000 and 65,000 vehicles a day. It also completes the last section of the Stockholm-to-Paris motorway.

    Work on the project began in 1968 when it was hoped to complete the tunnel in early 1974. It was, in fact, opened to the public just before Christmas -- but only for pedestrians.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC9NULUMTW9SYYB894Y4FAW9SS
    Media URN:
    VLVAC9NULUMTW9SYYB894Y4FAW9SS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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