ST5086 : M4 on the Second Severn Crossing

taken 4 years ago, near to Sudbrook, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, Great Britain

M4 on the Second Severn Crossing
M4 on the Second Severn Crossing
M4 Motorway
The M4 is 190 miles long and runs from London to South Wales. Major centres close to the motorway include Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea. The motorway was constructed between 1961 and 1996. The M4 originally crossed the first Severn Road Bridge. It has now been diverted to use the Second Severn Crossing and the motorway over the older bridge has been renumbered as M48.
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The Severn Crossing
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.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5020 8695 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.7520N 2:43.2043W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5027 8691
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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