Travel back in time: 3 British Pathe News videos of first Dartford Tunnel being built in 1950s then used in 1963 - when there were NO QUEUES!

News Shopper: A car using the Dartford Tunnel in a British Pathe video dated 1963 A car using the Dartford Tunnel in a British Pathe video dated 1963

Grumbles about the queues and tolls are an everyday part of the Dartford Crossing experience for tens of thousands of motorists.

But there was a time half a century ago when travelling across the Thames between Kent and Essex by car or lorry was new and exciting - and when there were no delays!

These fascinating videos from the superb British Pathe archive will take you back to that time, and even beyond to when the crossing was still being built.

This first video dated 1957 shows the construction site on the Dartford side of the river, with VIPs going underground for an inauguration ceremony performed by George Nugent, joint parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport.

The next film from a year later shows men working on the first tunnel, with excavation taking place.

Finally, after some footage from the opening of a new 33-mile stretch of the M6 in Cheshire and Staffordshire, the entrance to the new Dartford Tunnel can be seen in 1963, with various shots of the toll gates and officers who will operate them.

A man in a car pays 2/6d at the toll gate, and then a car travels through the tunnel. Other than the cost, does it look familiar?

12 historic photos from the sky show how Lewisham and Greenwich have changed

News Shopper:

7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

These dozen historic pictures of Lewisham and Greenwich from the sky give a glimpse into how much the boroughs have changed over the years.

12 fascinating old aerial photos of Bexley - did you guess the correct locations?

News Shopper: Picture 1 - where you think this old aerial image is showing?

3:30pm Monday 9th June 2014

Here are 12 more fascinating aerial photographs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, this time showing various locations around the Bexley borough. And now with the answers to where they show.

3 videos of when Dartford Tunnel was new - and there were NO QUEUES!

News Shopper: A car using the Dartford Tunnel in a British Pathe video dated 1963

6:30am Friday 30th May 2014

Grumbles about the queues and tolls are an everyday part of the Dartford Crossing experience for tens of thousands of motorists.

VIDEO: How Bromley went to the polls on local elections day - back in 1947

News Shopper: Bromley local elections in 1947. Still taken from British Pathe archive film

1:31pm Friday 23rd May 2014

This fascinating short video called Britain's Little Election Week shows how Bromley residents went to the polls 67 years ago.

12 stunning aerial pictures of Bromley borough in 1920s, 30s and 40s

News Shopper: Church House Gardens and the town centre, Bromley, 1929. Photo from English Heritage

2:23pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

Check out this selection of 12 stunning vintage aerial photographs showing Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham, Chislehurst, Penge and St Paul’s Cray.

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