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Catering supplies JLP01_08_053299 Featured M1 Motorway Image

Catering supplies JLP01_08_053299

NEWPORT PAGNELL, MILTON KEYNES. A man and woman loading a van with crates of food and drink from the canteen at the headquarters of the London to Yorkshire Motorway project, for staff working on Section B of the project.
The first 53 miles of the M1, the London to Yorkshire Motorway, opened in November 1959 and spanned from Berrygrove in Hertfordshire (Junction 5) to Crick in Northamptonshire (Junction 18). Work on this section was coordinated from the project headquarters in Newport Pagnell

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

Widening the M1 JLP01_10_10855 Featured M1 Motorway Image

Widening the M1 JLP01_10_10855

HERTFORDSHIRE. Slipform paving machines laying a road surface during widening works on the M1, showing concrete being tipped into the machine in the foreground.
Starting in 1981, widening work was carried out on the M1 between Junctions 5 (South Watford) and Junction 8 (Hemel Hempstead). The aim was to convert the
existing two-lane carriageways from Junctions 5 - 7 and three lane carriageways from Junctions 7 - 8 into three lanes southbound, three lanes northbound from Junctions
5 - 6, and four lanes northbound from Junctions 6 - 8

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

Inauguration ceremony JLP01_08_051269 Featured M1 Motorway Image

Inauguration ceremony JLP01_08_051269

M1, Junction 10, Slip End, Central Bedfordshire. Harold Watkinson, the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, setting a seal into the concrete inauguration slab for the first section of the London to Yorkshire Motorway at Slip End near Luton.
Sir Owen Williams, the Consulting Engineer, is stood next to Harold Watkinson. At the inauguration ceremony, Harold Watkinson also set off a klaxon horn as a signal to the drivers of the excavating machines to begin work. The ceremony was attended by Sir John William Laing and Sir John Maurice Laing. Among the guests were representatives of the five counties which the road will pass through

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection