This bridge is one of the major suspension bridges in the United Kingdom. The bridge also includes a cable-stayed portion over River Wye.
HistoricBridges.org currently only has a few on-bridge photos for this bridge.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Grade I
List Entry Number: 1119760
Bridge and Aust Viaduct, First Severn Crossing, M48 Motorway Beachley,
Motorway bridge over River Severn and its eastern
approach viaduct. 1961-1966. Freeman Fox and Partners in association
with Mott, Hay and Anderson, consulting architect Sir Percy Thomas.
Bridge has steel cables, deck and towers, concrete substructure and
foundation (cable anchorages and piers for towers); viaduct structure
steel with concrete deck slab. Suspension bridge (spans 305m - 987.5m -
305m) with aerodynamically shaped deck and inclined hangers; first
bridge in the world to be built with these features. Viaduct 156.5m
long, has three spans consisting of two box girders acting compositely
with concrete slab. Part of the First Severn Crossing for the M48
(formerly M4), consisting of Aust Viaduct, Severn Bridge and Wye Viaduct
(qv). Strengthened and refurbished 1985-91 without seriously changing
appearance. Bridge recently repainted white to reduce thermal stress
(not original colour, but successful).
This is the first bridge
in the world to use the revolutionary concept of the streamlined deck
and inclined hangers, and was an early example of a fully welded steel
deck. It was by far the longest span in England when it was built.
Motorway bridge over Wye estuary, and viaduct over
Beachley peninsula. 1966 by Freeman Fox and Partners in association with
Mott Hay and Anderson; Sir Percy Thomas consulting architect.
Streamlined all-welded steel deck, steel pylons, concrete piers and
foundations, steel cables. Overall length of 543 metres.
Bridge is a 408 metres cable-stayed bridge crossing the River Wye. Two
pylons in central reservation, originally one cable each side of each
pylon. Strengthened in 1987 (Flint and Neill): pylons increased in
height and cable arrangement changed, doubling the number of cables.
This has changed the appearance of the cable stayed bridge, but the
general character has been maintained.
The Beachley Viaduct, 744
metres long with streamlined all-welded steel deck supported on concrete
Both these bridges form part of a group with the Severn
Bridge and has similar but not identical aerodynamically shaped deck of
similar historical value. It includes probably the first post-war
cable-stayed bridge in England (and Wales). With the Severn Bridge it
was the first bridge in the world to have an aerodynamically shaped
deck. It is also one of the earliest bridges of its type anywhere to use
cables in only a single plane. The western end of the bridge is in
Photo Galleries and Videos: Severn Bridge (Pont Hafren)