M48 Severn Bridge closure: What alternative routes can you take?

Traffic moving across the Severn Bridge
The Severn Bridge will be closed while repair works are carried out (Picture: Matt Cardy via Getty Images)

The M48 Severn Bridge will close on the last weekend of June so workers can carry out a safety inspection – but a major fire on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge nearly threatened to cancel the plans.

National Highways has told people planning on using the bridge – which connects southwest England to south Wales along the M48 – to change their plans.

But where can you divert your journey and how long is the bridge closed?

When will the Severn Bridge close and reopen?

The bridge will be closed from 7pm on Friday, June 24 to 6am on Monday, June 27.

Locals, commuters, and holidaymakers can keep an eye on the official 2SevernBridges Twitter account for updates on the bridge.

Car drives along the Severn Bridge
The Severn Bridge is undergoing months of works (Picture: Matthew Horwood via Getty Images)

What alternative routes can you take?

There are not many alternatives for those heading to and from southeast Wales. Instead, drivers will need to go along the M4 to the Prince of Wales Bridge, which has now reopened.

For those that can catch the bus, the T7 route will be operating on a temporary timetable which follows the same route.

If neither of those are an option, you could look at taking the train to your destination – although train strikes may get in the way of that, too.

Otherwise, it maybe be best to postpone your plans until the bridge reopens on Monday.

Far away shot of the Severn Bridge
Events may be disrupted by the closures (Picture: Alan Crowhurst via Getty Images)

Why is the Severn Bridge being closed?

Routine ‘essential cable checks’ are being given as the main reason for the closure.

Engineers want to ‘understand the current condition’ of the suspension cables which keep the bridge intact.

Chris Pope, Project Manager for National Highways, said: ‘The inspections are vital to allow us to understand the current condition of the suspension cables and confirm that the measures that we implemented over the last 15 years have been effective in ensuring the long-term viability of the bridge and the safety of its users.

‘We have been working in conjunction with our contractor Amey, and the weekend closures have been planned to avoid any major events both sides of the bridge.

‘Agreed diversion routes are in place and we are not envisaging a major impact on our road users.’

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