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Severn View Services
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Severn Bridge - Aust Services Construction

From Bristol City Council's Booklet. toll plaza under construction.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 04, 2007 by AAndy
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M4 Aust Service Station-Area 1974

with the canteen behind looking East over the services car park

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 25, 2007 by AAndy
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M4 Severn Bridge from Aust service station (1974) Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 25, 2007 by AAndy
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M4 SSC (from M48) 1

The M4 Second Severn Crossing, taken from Severn View Services on the M48.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 21, 2007 by Gareth Thomas
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M4 SSC (from M48) 2

The M4 Second Severn Crossing, taken from Severn View Services on the M48.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 21, 2007 by Gareth Thomas
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M4 Severn View

The former Aust Services basks in the sunshine, as the reason for its later demise lurks in the distance. By the time the sun rose again, the M4 had transferred to the new bridge. Opened in September 1966, along with the first bridge, it closed circa 1999, after Pavilion finally admitted defeat.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by SteveA30
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Severn View MSA M4

The only structure that hasn't survived is this wonderful covered walkway, completely demolished now. If I had been rich then, I would have bought the whole site as a Road and Transport Heritage Centre, as a base for old vehicle runs. Sigh.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by SteveA30
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M4 Severn View.

On its last day as a stop on a major route, I had to wait awhile for people to leave to get this clear shot. On later post M4 visits, I was usually one of only 4 or 5 customers, hence its eventual move to a smaller building by the petrol sta. The entrance lobby had great news clippings on the tiled wall, of the opening day on the bridge, showing dozens of overheated cars in the toll queue. People drove from miles just to see the bridge and clogged up the toll booths solid, such was the excitement in those days. Compare that to the relative apathy that greeted the New Bridge opening in 1996.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by SteveA30
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Old M4

June 5 1996, last day of the M4 over the Severn Bridge. This view is from Severn View Services, also history , as the MSA is now private land. The present Services occupies smaller premises slightly inland.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 14, 2007 by SteveA30
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Old M4

View from the old Aust Services of the old M4. New M4 barely visible in the heat haze. Remember the telescope just by this spot?

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 14, 2007 by SteveA30
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M48 path

The way to the path over the toll booths.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 27, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 toll

The view over the toll booths.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 27, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48

Looking across to the old Services.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 27, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 MSA

The modern Severn View MSA, utilizing the former transport cafe section. Sept 8 2009

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 faded sign

You can just make out what it says. Not many observers now.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 old MSA

Aust Services, now a media company office.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 old access

The old entrance road to the original Aust services.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 plaque

Just about readable. Sept 8 1966. Taken Sept 8 2009. Happy 43rd birthday, bridge. No-one around though.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 engineers

Just readable list of engineers.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 deserted services

Shades of the past, when people picnicked on the grass, in the summer sun.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 path

Continuing the deserted walk to the bridge.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48 telescope

One of 2 telescopes still pointing forlornly at the bridge. How many thousands once peered though these? A very lonely spot now, full of memories for those of us who stopped here in M4 days.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 23, 2009 by SteveA30
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M48

One of the quietest motorways in Britain. Bridge visible.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 22, 2009 by SteveA30
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The Severn Bridge as viewed from the appropriately named Severn View services
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MSA

Pavilions attempt to keep Severn View Services active after the M4 moved on, to no avail in the end. It said Pavilion on the building and, Granada on this leaflet.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by SteveA30
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MSA Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by SteveA30
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Former Aust Services from Severn Bridge
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Former Aust Services, with bridge in background.
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Eerily empty, (it was a Sunday) recalling days of past glories. You can still make out 'coaches only' painted on the tarmac in front of the coach bays.
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A sad reminder of past glories. No coaches now...
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A venue for a vintage bus rally perhaps?
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Slip Road to Severn View Services
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Note the old concrete pillars behind the sign, presumably those which held the old sign for Aust services
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The Severn Bridge under construction.

 

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