The Severn Crossing :: Shared Description

Severn Crossing is a term used to refer to the two motorway crossings over the River Severn estuary between England and Wales. The two crossings are:

The Severn Bridge (Welsh: Pont Hafren)
The Second Severn Crossing (Welsh: Ail Groesfan Hafren)

The first motorway suspension bridge was inaugurated on 8 September 1966, and the newer cable-stayed bridge, a few miles to the south, was inaugurated on 5 June 1996. The Second Severn Crossing marks the upper limit of the Severn Estuary. From 1966 to 1996, the bridge carried the M4 motorway. On completion of the Second Severn crossing the motorway from Aust on the English side to Chepstow was renamed the M48.

The two Severn crossings are regarded as the main crossing points from England into South Wales. Prior to 1966 road traffic between the southern counties of Wales and the southern counties of England either had to travel via Gloucester or take the Aust Ferry, which ran roughly along the line of the Severn Bridge, from Old Passage near Aust to Beachley. The ferry ramps at Old Passage and Beachley are still visible.

Tolls are collected on both crossings from vehicles travelling in a westward direction only. As of January 2012, the toll for small vehicles is £6.20. The Old Severn Bridge is Grade I listed.
by N Chadwick
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ST5491 : Severn Bridge, eastbound by N Chadwick
ST5690 : Severn Road Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5285 : M4 on the Second Severn Crossing by N Chadwick
ST5590 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5186 : The Second Severn Crossing by N Chadwick
ST5086 : M4 eastbound crossing the Severn Bridge by Julian P Guffogg
ST5590 : Building the Severn Bridge  1963 by Alan Murray-Rust
ST5689 : M48 motorway and the Severn Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5590 : Path at Beachley Point by Mat Fascione
ST5490 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5590 : Severn Bridge crossing the River Severn by Mat Fascione
ST5590 : The Severn Bridge by N Chadwick
ST5186 : M4 eastbound over the Severn Bridge by Julian P Guffogg
ST5186 : Severn Bridge from Black Rock by Eirian Evans
ST5186 : Severn Crossing by PAUL FARMER
ST5491 : M48 approaching the Severn Bridge by N Chadwick
ST5590 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Road Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5393 : St. Mary's Church, Chepstow by Hamish Griffin
ST5490 : Severn Bridge by N Chadwick
ST5689 : Severn Bridge toll booths on the M48 motorway by Mat Fascione
ST5393 : St. Mary's Church, Chepstow by Hamish Griffin
ST5590 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Road Bridge by Mat Fascione
ST5590 : West Pylon, The Severn Bridge by N Chadwick
ST5690 : Below the eastern pylon, Severn Bridge by N Chadwick
ST5690 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Bridge by Mat Fascione

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Created: Mon, 23 Sep 2013, Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013

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