SH5470 : North Wales Expressway, Pont Britannia

taken 2 years ago, near to Vaynol Hall, Gwynedd, Great Britain

North Wales Expressway, Pont Britannia
North Wales Expressway, Pont Britannia
Britannia Bridge (Welsh: Pont Britannia) crosses the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. It was originally designed and built in 1850 by Robert Stephenson as a tubular bridge of wrought iron rectangular box-section spans for carrying rail traffic; to connect London with the port of Holyhead and facilitate a sea link to Dublin, Ireland.

Following a disastrous fire in May 1970 the bridge was rebuilt, initially as a single-tier steel truss arch bridge, carrying rail traffic. An upper tier was added later and opened in 1980 to accommodate road traffic on a single-carriageway section of the A55 (North Wales Expressway).
The North Wales Expressway (A55)
The A55, also known as the North Wales Expressway (Gwibffordd Gogledd Cymru), is the major road in North Wales running for 88 miles between Chester and Holyhead via Conwy and Bangor.

The A55 is a very high quality road, much of it rebuilt since the 1970s in response to traffic problems in Colwyn Bay, Colwyn and Llandudno caused by traffic having to pass through town centres on totally unsuitable streets, (especially in Conwy where lorries often scraped their paintwork as they passed through 12th century arches in the town's walls), leading to the construction of an east-west expressway bypassing the urban centres. It is a dual carriageway primary route for its entire length with the exception of the point where it crosses the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Strait. All of its junctions are grade separated except for two roundabouts; one east of Penmaenmawr and one in Llanfairfechan. The road originally ran from Chester to Bangor but was extended parallel to the A5 across Anglesey right into Holyhead Docks in 2001.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 24 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Roads, Road transport 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 542 708 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:12.8954N 4:11.0785W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 542 708
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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