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Fretherne - Arwe   Railway Bridge

The Great Western Railway had reached Bristol and the South Wales extension to the lucrative Irish mail traffic had to cross the Severn at New Passage, Pilning.  In 1864 this meant passengers had to disembark on the English Side and entrain again at Portskewett making the hazardous crossing of the Severn at all states of tide.



The alternative was to travel by way of Gloucester giving rise to the comment GWR stood for the Great Way Round.

Four Southbound rail routes from Standish Junction to Awre for South Wales and one norhbound crossing at Priding Point for Westbury and Hereford. A new “shortcut” canal to help local River traffic


Map:  Arlingham PCC











Drawing: F.W. Rowbotham collection