• Short Summary

    Good shots of progress on London to Yorkshire motorway - the M1.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Britain's 'Autobahn'".

    Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Progress on London to Yorkshire motorway M1.

    General air view of the new road under construction. GV Machines and men at work. CU Earth which has been scraped up by the scraping machines. SV Machines in action. CU Scraping up earth. CU Earth which has been scraped up by the machine in the compartment in which the earth is carried with a great clod of earth being pushed up over the back wall of the compartment, clod of earth breaks in two and half of it falls to the ground. CU Wheel of one of the scraping machines stuck in the mud and spinning round. CU Bottom of wheel spinning round in the mud. CU Bulldozer coming up behind the scraper, gives it a push and frees it from the mud. CU Tracks of bulldozer in the mud. CU Scraper coming towards camera.

    GV Lorry going towards a cutting which is shored up with wood so that it will not collapse. SV Cutting with shoring and showing the railway line which runs above. GV Tree felling. CU Man chopping tree which is on the ground. CU Man with an electric saw cutting through branches of trees that have been felled. CU Saw cutting through branch.

    GV Men working on the road with picks and shovels. CU Front of concrete laying machine (first stretch of actual road). CU Concrete being mixed by machine. CU Back of machine. SV Men shovelling earth into wheelbarrow directed by the foreman. CU Man laying brick at side of road. CU Indian man looking over a brick along to where the other man has laid his brick aligning edge. GV Road stretching away and Land Rover coming up road towards and passed the camera.


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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:50:00 / 01:29:14:00

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