In the world's largest country, the Soviet Union, transportation plays a vital role in communications and the economy.
1. GVs Machinery at road construction exhibition being demonstrated. (8 SHOTS) 0.40
2. GVs Soviet landscape. (3 SHOTS) 0.51
3. GVs Various vehicles, including asphalt spreader and plant vehicles. (5 SHOTS) 1.11
4. GV Roads in Soviet Union. (2 SHOTS) 1.23
5. GV Petrol station. 1.29
6. GV Truck travelling down motorway. (2 SHOTS) 1.47
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Background: VARIOUS, USSR
In the world's largest country, the Soviet Union, transportation plays a vital role in communications and the economy. The various means of commuting are being expanded under a single national plan, which the authorities say helps to use and develop them rationally. While the railways are considered the most important element in the Soviet transport system -- automobiles have an increasingly significant role. They are now the principal carriers of goods and people within individual regions. With transportation facilities being established on a large scale to meet this demand, an international exhibition of road construction machinery was recently held in Moscow. Two hundred companies from 15 foreign countries used the venue to display the latest machinery and equipment used in the building of roads, railways and underground mains. Included in the exhibition was the asphalt spreader which is highly rated by Soviet engineers, and has been used extensively in the current programme of roadway construction. There are now 14 high-quality trunk highways linking Moscow with the country's major cities. Of the one-point-five million kilometres (931,000 miles) of roadways throughout the Soviet Union, approximately one million kilometres (621,000 miles) have been sealed.