AFTER more than 20 years of an annual toll increase at the beginning of each New Year, 2019 will be toll free.

These photos show the first Severn Bridge crossing under construction. On the left , the deckhangers, hung from the main cables, await deck sections.

The deck sections were assembled at Chepstow’s Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Works, and actually launched from the slipways at the yard, and towed to the site, where they were winched into position (photo right).

When it was opened in 1966, the Severn Bridge was the longest span suspension bridge in Britain at 3,240 feet.

Photographs from the collections of Chepstow Museum ©Monmouthshire Museums