ATV Today: 13.10.1975: Lincoln Traffic Problems


Bev Smith reports on the chaotic traffic conditions in the city of Lincoln caused by narrow streets and multiple railway crossings.





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Colour / Sound



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We see a high angle shot of the city, a view of Lincoln Cathedral, the Jew's House on Steep Hill and Newport Arch and several shots of heavy traffic passing through the city. Bev Smith piece to camera. High Street in Lincoln is crossed in two places by railway lines (these crossings are shown). One is the main line into the central station and the other into St Mark's. 125 trains a day use these crossings causing traffic chaos. Interview with local solicitor, Gilbert Blades, Chairman of an action committee that has been formed to tackle the traffic problem which disturb the quality of life of the people of Lincoln. Interview with Lincolnshire County Council's chief surveyor, Gerry Affleck about the problems; the Dean of Lincoln who talks about the danger to the 900 year old Cathedral and also the Chapter Office which is regularly hit by vehicles on Priory Gate. Finally Bev talks to the Chief Superintendent about the dangers of the congested traffic conditions.


Camera: John Varnish
Director: John Oxley


Part of the establishing shot of the cathedral has been removed to the singing vicars story of 24 December 1975. Credits information is from the trims.