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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

Bailey Bridge JLP01_08_051434 Featured M1 Motorway Image

Bailey Bridge JLP01_08_051434

M1 Motorway, M1, Gayhurst, Milton Keynes. A Bailey bridge being erected across the main channel of the River Great Ouse near Newport Pagnell, during the construction of the London to Yorkshire Motorway (the M1).
The caption beneath the corresponding album print states The Bailey Bridge being launched is a Double-double, effective span 100'0, over the Main Ouse channel. 220,000 c/y's of excavated material will be transported over this bridge by Euclids, saving a six mile haul by road. In addition it also makes it possible to travel the full length of B3 Section on the line of the motorway

© 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