SH5471 : Pont Britannia

taken 4 years ago, near to Vaynol Hall, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Pont Britannia
Pont Britannia
Morning light on Pont Britannia. Through the right hand arch can be seen Plas Newydd.
Pont Britannia
Opened on 5 March 1850, the original Britannia Bridge (Pont Britannia in Welsh) was designed by Robert Stephenson as a railway bridge, consisting of parallel wrought iron tubes supported by the stone towers.

On 23 May 1970, a fire broke out in the tube at the mainland end, spreading across the whole bridge and making the tubes unsafe. It was subsequently rebuilt in its current form, as a two-decked arched bridge, retaining the original piers. The lower deck, carrying the railway (now single track), was opened on 30 January 1972, although the upper deck, carrying a wide single carriageway A55, did not open until 1980.

Grade II listed (and retaining the status, despite the rebuilding, because of the bridge piers) - see LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 6 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Menai Strait 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 541 710 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:12.9683N 4:11.1325W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 554 721
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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