Construction of the M1 motorway

Construction of the M1 motorway
Photograph taken 18 September 1958 © Historic England Archive. John Laing Collection ref: JLP01/08/054220

The M1 motorway was the first long-distance motorway to be built in Britain and the first motorway to consist of three lanes. The first phase, a 73 mile stretch, was built mainly by John Laing and Son Ltd and ran from St Albans in Hertfordshire to Crick in Northamptonshire. The photograph shows a motorway junction being built. This photograph comes from the John Laing Company Archive.



1950s (1950 - 1959)


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