M6 Motorway, M6, Madeley, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. A view of the construction of the Birmingham to Preston Motorway (M6), looking north-west at Walton's Wood near Madeley Heath, on Section D of the motorway, showing a Laing excavator at work in the foreground.
The work on the Birmingham to Preston Motorway (M6), between junctions J13 to J16 started in June 1960 and was carried out by John Laing Construction Ltd. This section at Walton's Wood presented geological problems for the construction team with an embankment failing when severe slipping occurred in 1961. By October 1963, remedial works on the embankment were completed. This photograph was published in June 1963 in Laing's monthly newsletter Team Spirit
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Keywords: 1960s, civil engineering, construction, excavation, machinery, motorway, road