The Severn Bridge at 50: A High Wire Act

Landmark film BBC1/BBC2

Groundbreaking in concept, epitome of British 1960’s engineering prowess, the iconic Severn Bridge made Britain world leaders in bridge design. Typical of the time though, little thought was given to how it would be maintained. Battling the elements, today’s specialist maintenance teams have to be every bit as inventive as the visionary engineers who built it, for to keep it safe every inch has to be in touching distance, not easy when suspended above the river with the highest tidal range in Britain.