• Short Summary

    Work starts on the London to Birmingham motorway - the M1.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Luton. Britain's New Motorway".

    Luton, Bedfordshire. Work starts on the London to Birmingham motorway - the M1.

    Looking down on part of the motorway construction site. SV Board reading "Ministry of Transport, London-Birmingham Motorway. Estimated cost £16,000,000." SV Minister of Transport, Mr. Harold Watkinson arriving for the inauguration ceremony. SV Panning shot of same as officials arrive at platform. GV Crowds standing around the platform. SV Mr Watkinson laying bronze plaque in stone block which will eventually be fitted into new bridge. CU Plaque. SV Mr Watkinson about to press button to give the "Go" signal for work to commence. CU Button being pressed. CU Traffic signals. LV Bulldozer towing out large machine. GV Officials watching from the platform as bulldozers and other machines parade in front of them. CU Mr. Watkinson looking on and camera pans to the bulldozers going by. LV Bulldozers passing towing large machines. LV Bulldozer coming towards pushing earth in front of it. SV Tractor towing empty truck. CU Earth being loaded onto truck. SV Machine coming towards the camera. SV Panning shot of the driver. CU Loose earth pouring from beneath it. LV Mr. Watkinson boarding helicopter for flight over the site. SV People looking on. AS Helicopter taking off. AS Looking down on part of the site which runs behind line of houses. AS Helicopter in flight. AS Work going on either side of a roadway.


    Cataloguer's Note: Laing and Tarmac are among the companies shown taking part - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:58:00 / 01:29:26:00

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