• Short Summary

    Minister of Transport, Harold Watkinson, inspects new London - Birmingham motorway.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Motorway open soon".

    London to Birmingham motorway (St. Albans Bypass, M1).

    G/V cars and lorries moving at speed along the new motorway. G/V new flyover bridges on the motorway. G/V along the motorway. G/V highest bridge on the motorway, pan to sixteen foot thick retaining wall. G/V six viaduct bridges built to span the flood area of River Ouse.

    C/U Harold Watkinson, Minister of Transport, talking to workers. C/U one of the workers. C/U Watkinson talking to workers. G/V road levelling machine in action. C/U Watkinson watching the machine. M/S polythene protective being laid on the road. C/U polythene rolling off the machine. G/V concrete laying machine. C/U cement being tipped into hopper. C/U machine moving towards camera, hopper starting to move across the road. C/U hopper as concrete runs out onto road. L/S asphalt being laid. Various shots asphalt laying machine. C/U Watkinson taking a photograph. C/U steam roller moving away from camera.

    G/V people grouped around Watkinson's car. C/U Watkinson getting into car. Crowd. M/S car moving off down the road. Point of view shot through windscreen of car as it moves at high speed along the motorway, it goes under one of the bridges.

    Note: press release and letter from Ministry of Transport on file.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:03:00 / 01:21:17:00

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