£7400,000 BRIDGE TO CONNECT SOUTH WALES WITH ENGLAND A PUBLIC inquiry
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opened in Bristol last Tuesday (September 24) into a proposal to build a road bridge over the River Severn from Beachley to Aust, at a point about 10 miles north of Bristol.
With a centre span of 3,000 ft. and Iwo side spans each of 1,000 ft., it will be the largest suspension bridge in Europe. The centre of the bridge will be 120 ft. above water-level at high tide. There will be two carriageways for traffic, each 22 ft. wide, two 9-ft. cycle tracks, and two 6-ft. paths.
Including the approach roads on both
sides of the Severn estuary. and a bridge over the mouth of the River-Wye, the new bridge will be about eight miles long, and will cost some £7,500,000. Approach roads have been planned to connect the main road from Gloucester to Bristol (A.38) on the east side of the estuary, with the main road from Gloucester to South Wales (A.48) on the west side.
As announced by the Minister of Transport last May, new roads are proposed to be built to ease communication between Newport and London; also between Bristol, Gloucester, and Birmingham.