Rare footage of Gathurst viaduct turns up on YouTube

It's carried countless millions over the Gathurst Viaduct in its 50 plus years of life. Here is a photo of the viaduct under construction
It's carried countless millions over the Gathurst Viaduct in its 50 plus years of life. Here is a photo of the viaduct under construction
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Rare footage has been uncovered of the colossal Gathurst viaduct over the M6.

Look At Life, a series of concise documentary programmes which were screened at Odeon and Gaumont cinemas in the 1960s, has been shared on YouTube.

And the first one, showing how transport has developed over the years, mentions the Gathurst viaduct, as a great example of the transport revolution.

Narrator, Tim Turner, said: “Britain is on the road to a transport revolution. A long drive, in which planners’ dreams are turned into concrete on such spectacular new routes such as the M6 motorway viaduct spanning road, river and canal at Gathurst in Lancashire.”

Work started on creating the viaduct in 1959 and was opened in the early 1960s.

It is the second largest bridge on the M6, spanning 800 feet long and is 87 feet above the normal river level.