• Short Summary

    THE FIRST OF EIGHT NEW EXPRESSWAYS DESIGNED TO EASE TOKYO'S FRIGHTENING TRAFFIC PROBLEM WAS OPENED ON SATURDAY AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY IN THE JAPANESE CAPITAL.

  • Description

    THE FIRST OF EIGHT NEW EXPRESSWAYS DESIGNED TO EASE TOKYO'S FRIGHTENING TRAFFIC PROBLEM WAS OPENED ON SATURDAY AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY IN THE JAPANESE CAPITAL. BUILT AT A COST OF 600-MILLION DOLLARS, (ABOUT GBP214-MILLION), IT TOOK WORKMEN, LABOURING ON A 24-HOUR A DAY BASIS, TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

    THE EXPRESSWAY LINKS THE CENTRE OF TOKYO WITH THE HANEDA AIRPORT, AND CUTS TRAVELLING TIME FOR THE JOURNEY BY TWO-THIRDS. THE CITY, WITH ITS 800-THOUSAND CARS, TRUCKS, MOTOR-CYCLES AND BICYCLES, IS FACED WITH A DAY AND NIGHT TRAFFIC PROBLEM. PREVIOUSLY, THE JOURNEY FROM HANEDA AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTRE TOOK AN HOUR THROUGH HEAVY TRAFFIC. NOW, WITH THE EXPRESSWAY, THE JOURNEY CAN BE COMPLETED IN 20-MINUTES.

    MOST OF THE COSTS INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD LINK WERE AMASSED FOLLOWING A HUGE COMPENSATION PAY-OUT TO PROPERTY OWNERS WHO HAD THEIR LAND AND BUILDINGS CONFISCATED. HOWEVER, LOCAL OFFICIALS HOPE A TOLL CHARGE ON THE 9 MILE LONG ROAD, (ABOUT 13 KMS, WILL HELP OFF-SET THE VAST EXPENDITURE. THE TOLL CHARGES ARE 2-SHILLINGS FOR CARS AND 4-SHILLINGS FOR BUSES AND LORRIES.

    IT IS HOPE TO HAVE THE SEVEN OTHER EXPRESSWAYS COMPLETED WELL BEFORE THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO NEXT YEAR. TO ENSURE THAT THIS IS SO, THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES HAVE SET A DEADLINE FOR THE COMPLETION OF ALL CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR AUGUST 1964.

    WHILE TRAFFIC EXPERTS SAY THE EXPRESSWAY NETWORK WILL CERTAINLY COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN TRAFFIC DURING THE 1964 OLYMPIAD, THEY FEAR THAT THE EXPRESSWAYS WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME AS CROWDED AS ANY OTHER ROADS IN THE JAPANESE CAPITAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVALWEDPSRGVK303PAE7MBSCRDO
    Media URN:
    VLVALWEDPSRGVK303PAE7MBSCRDO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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