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Spaghetti Junction Story
C2963 or Gravelly Hill Interchange or Spaghetti Junction? The public's name is going to be the one that sticks as a little bit of Los Angeles arrives in Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1972 9 mins
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26,000 tons of steel and 160,000 yards of concrete take shape as final preparations are made to the construction of Spaghetti Junction at Gravelly Hill in Birmingham. A mammoth road project linking the M6 with the city that will go on to define Birmingham for a whole generation. The police at Perry Barr are standing by with all the latest in closed circuit cameras and even a computer to help keep the traffic flowing in anticipation of the chaos predicted by many forecasters.
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