Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Tamar Bridge and Saltash Tunnel. Devon and Cornwall.

I consider my you videos as a small extension of my photography, I have always wanted to picture the Tamar Bridges, as yet not had the opportunity so recently passing over the road bridge I took the film from my dash cam recording the crossing and passing through the tunnel.

The Tamar Road Bridge crossers the River Tamar connecting Cornwall with Devon. The bridge is a partial toll bridge with only eastbound traffic charged. Originally opened in April 1962 and sits alongside the Royal Albert Bridge which carries the railway across the river. The bridge underwent extensive refurbishment from 1999 until 2001 having been found to be under strength due to new European legislation for goods vehicle requirements.

Shortly after passing over the bridge I passed through the Saltash Tunnel in Cornwall which can also be seen. Built to last 100 years and opened in 1988 it carries the A38 through a 410m tunnel. Although built to last 100 years within months of opening the tunnel the water which was saturating down through the hill had began to seep through the tunnel lining, the tunnel had to go an extensive refurbishment scheme to combat this.

This was filmed on the 27th March 2018. The background music featured is Cavern by Hovatoff.

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