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Severn Bridge, Bristol

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The Severn Bridge (Welsh: Pont Hafren) is a motorway suspension bridge operated by Highways England that spans the River Severn and River Wye between Aust, South Gloucestershire in England, and Chepstow, Monmouthshire in South East Wales, via Beachley, Gloucestershire, which is a peninsula between the two rivers. It is the original Severn road crossing between England and Wales, and took three-and-a-half years to construct at a cost of £8 million. It replaced the Aust Ferry.

The bridge was opened on 8 September 1966, by Queen Elizabeth II, who suggested that it marked the dawn of a new economic era for South Wales. For thirty years, the bridge carried the M4 motorway. The bridge was granted Grade I listed status on 26 November 1999.
Following the completion of the Second Severn Crossing, now styled the Prince of Wales Bridge, the section of motorway from Olveston in England to Magor in Wales was designated the M48.
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  • There are 2 major bridges over the River Severn to the North West of Bristol. The Severn Bridge is the older of the two, having been opened in September 1966 by the Queen of England. The bridge...  more »
  • Wrap up warm and take a walk down.. there's a little board explaining the cliff and you can walk under the bridge onto a pebble beach.. be careful of the tides though  more »

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