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<googlemap lat="51.560051" lon="-2.660408"> 51.566987, -2.660923, Severn Tunnel </googlemap>
7,669 yards long. Opened to goods traffic on the 1st September 1886.
I approached a spot that gave a good view of the Severn Tunnel by climbing these steps buried in the undergrowth. These steps were fenced off two days after the next photo appeared on the front page of the Bristol Evening Post!
The Severn Tunnel. The embankments are artificially high here (and at Cross Hands Road) because it's where all the spoil from digging the tunnel was dumped. The embankments also provide the tunnel with protection from flooding.
A close up of the tunnel portal taken on 5.5.04. © Mark Lippiatt
The tunnel as viewed from the rear of a train. © Andy Mitchell.
The view fom the tunnel portal back towards Pilning. © Mark Lippiatt