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Severn Bridge is 50 years old

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Severn Bridge is 50 years old

Short ( 30 min ) documentary on BBC2 tonight at 19:00 about the Severn Bridge

 

http://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail/2461492/121114887/the-severn-bridge-at-50-a-high-wire-act

 

I remember sitting on the river bank, not far from where the Bridge supports were being built, and watching the barges taking materials across...

 

I also remember being on the banks of the Humber, ( north side ) when that was being built, too !..

 

Doesn`t seem "that" long ago.....  !

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Re: Severn Bridge is 50 years old

its on BBC I player Smiley  from 7/09/16

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I remember the original toll charge for the Severn Bridge, 2/6d I think it was with no queue just me and my little Austin A30. Now of course it's just one long line waiting to cross - followed by daylight robbery into the bargain. 

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Re: Severn Bridge is 50 years old

I preferred the ferry.

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Re: Severn Bridge is 50 years old

Really?

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My ancient kranky mother-in-law has the habit of saying "Are you sure?" if I say something she doesn't understand. I don't repeat what I've said. However I'll add I also prefer the Woolwich Ferry to the alternative London bridges and tunnels. The ferries give you time to think.

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Very interesting documentary points I remember, it was pioneering with its aerodynamic lightweight steel roadbed which has been copied worldwide but we copied American technology for the design of the main cables and the wires are rusting and will cause the bridge to fail eventually Roll eyes

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Well there is a big difference from crossing a relatively narrow river to crossing a rather wide estuary and although I have never used either from what I have read the Aust Ferry was a was rather hairy affair. I was just surprised you had a preference for it that's all.

 

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 This is where the old lady ended up anyway. Smiley

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Re: Severn Bridge is 50 years old

Well like the old London Bridge, maybe they could buy if from us.

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We used to drive to visit my brother stationed in RAF St Athan. If our oldest brother was driving we'd go via the Aust Ferry across the Severn. If my Dad was driving we'd go the long way around via Gloucester which seemed to add a couple of hours to the trip. The ferry was much more exciting.

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I can well imagine it was. Stuck in the back for the long drive around could never have been a pleasant experience especially if your parents were smoking or even worse, Mum was map reading! 

Now of course it's all sat navs and smartphones..... "I spy with my little eye" Roll eyes

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