Second Severn Crossing facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSecond Severn Crossing
The bridge as viewed from Severn Beach (England)
|Carries||M4 motorway (6 lanes)|
|Locale||South West England/South East Wales|
|Official name||Prince of Wales Bridge|
|Maintained by||Highways England|
|Design||Central span: Cable-stayed bridge
Approach viaducts: Segmental bridge
|Total length||5,128 metres (16,824 ft)|
|Width||34.6 metres (113.5 ft)|
|Height||137 metres (449 ft)|
|Longest span||456 metres (1,496 ft)|
|Clearance below||37 metres (121 ft)|
|Opened||5 June 1996|
The bridge carries the M4 motorway and is one of the main routes into South Wales. It was opened on 5 June 1996 to allow more traffic than the original Severn Bridge, which opened in 1966. Both bridges are still in use although the newer crossing is more direct and less likely to be closed in strong winds.
Images for kids
Looking west towards the Bristol Channel – the Second Severn Crossing is at the top and the original Severn Bridge is at the bottom.
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