SH5471 : Pont Britannia

taken 4 years ago, near to Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

Pont Britannia
Pont Britannia
The Pont Britannia viewed from the Marquess of Anglesey's Column at Llanfairpwll. In the background are the Carneddau.

In the bottom left hand corner of the photo an Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 train can be seen about to cross the bridge on a Holyhead - Birmingham International service.
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
Tuesday, 8 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Llanfairpwll  Menai Strait  Carneddau 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 540 710 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:12.9965N 4:11.2157W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 534 715
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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