• Short Summary

    THE MONT BLANC TUNNEL WAS OPENED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME.?

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN..FROM ALPS TO CARS QUEUING AT ITALIAN ENTRANCE
    0.06

    2.
    LV CARS INTO CUSTOMS AREA
    0.10

    3.
    SV DITTO
    0.16

    4.
    SV & CU..CUSTOMS OFFICER CHECKS PAPERS
    0.24

    5.
    GV PAN..OVER CARS MOVING INTO TOLL AREA
    0.38

    6.
    CU SIGN "PAY TOLL"
    0.42

    7.
    CU MAN PAYS TOLL
    0.48

    8.
    SV CAR OFF TOWARDS TUNNEL
    0.56

    9.
    TRAVEL SHOT.. THROUGH TUNNEL AND COMING OUT ON FRENCH SIDE
    1.20

    10.
    CU SIGN "TUNNEL ROUTE SOUS LE MONT BLANC"
    1.25

    11.
    GV PAN..OVER CARS WAITING TO PAY TOLL MONEY TO WOMAN GIVING CHANGE TO DRIVER
    1.40

    12.
    GV CAR QUEUEING AT ENTRANCE OF TUNNEL
    1.44

    13.
    TRAVEL SHOT..THROUGH TUNNEL RETURNING TO ITALY
    1.56



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE MONT BLANC TUNNEL WAS OPENED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME. MOTORISTS WAITED FOR HOURS TO USE THE TUNNEL ON ITS FIRST DAY AND LONG QUEUES SOON BUILT UP.

    THE TUNNEL IS MORE THAN SEVEN MILES LONG (11.6 KILOMETRES) AND IS THE LONGEST ROAD TUNNEL IN THE WORLD. IT WAS OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED FOUR DAYS AGO BY PRESIDENT DE GAULLE, OF FRANCE, AND PRESIDENT SARAGAT, OF ITALY.

    BUILT AT A COST OF GBP20 MILLION, THE TUNNEL REDUCES THE OLD SURFACE ROUTE BETWEEN PARIS AND ROME BY 137 MILES (220 KILOMETRES). IT COSTS FAMILY CARS ABOUT GBP2 A JOURNEY TO USE THE TUNNEL AND IT WILL SOON BE OPEN TO COMMERCIAL LORRIES AT A CHARGE OF GBP15.

    DRILLING UNDER THE GRANITE MASS OF EUROPE'S HIGH - MOUNTAIN BEGAN SIX YEARS AGO, IN JANUARY 1959. ITALIAN DRILLERS BIT INTO THE MOUNTAIN NEAR THE RESORT OF COURMAYEUR, IN THE AOSTA VALLEY, AS FRENCH WORKMEN BEGAN THEIR END OF THE TUNNEL NEAR CHAMONIX.

    THE LONG AND ARDUOUS WORK WAS HAMPERED BY SUDDEN ROCKFALLS AND FLOODING. IT COST 23 LIVES. BUT FOR THE ENGINEERS WHO BUILT THE TUNNEL IT WAS A TRIUMPH. THE TWO TUNNELS LINKED UP PERFECTLY.

    THE TUNNEL HAS BEEN OPENED IN TIME TO CATCH MUCH OF THIS YEAR'S HOLIDAY TRAFFIC. IT WILL BE ABLE TO CATER FOR 450 VEHICLES AN HOUR IN EACH DIRECTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA81TWVW96UISPNTPOU82UKCA0Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA81TWVW96UISPNTPOU82UKCA0Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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