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This is a small road bridge (more of a farm track really) over the main Cardiff to Newport main line. The entire area between these two cities is generally flat drained marshland. It is near to Newport.
Railway type and traffic
The Cardiff to Newport line is split into two double lines - the southernmost pair are predominantly freight, the northernmost are passenger.
Passenger workings include First Great Western HST and 158s. At the time of writing, 2010, there are also two loco hauled diagrams on the Taunton to Cardiff circuit. Arriva Trains Wales Pacers, 150s, 158s, and the odd Arriva XC 170s also feature. There are also plenty of excursions for events at the Millennium Stadium.
Freight includes steel trains for Cardiff Maritime (steelworks), containers for Wentlooge Freightliner Terminal as well as stuff for Margam and other places further out west. Locos include classes 60, 66 (DB Schenker and FL), 67.
This is a tiny country lane, which seems to go nowhere. However there is a surprising amount of tractors and other farm traffic along the road.
It seems to be quite safe, with plenty of opportunity to turn your vehicle along the lane. Nothing in the way of lighting, so not worth hanging around after dark!
From the M4, Junction 28:
Exit onto A48, signed Newport and Docks, and at the Ebbw Bridge Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B4239, which goes into the woods. Continuing along to the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto B4239/Lighthouse Road. Follow this road for 1/2 a mile and once out of the residential area, and after a right hand bend, turn left onto Heol Pont-y-cwcw.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Duffryn, Heol Pont-y-cwcw map co-ordinates
There is space for one vehicle just over the bridge, or space for one or two vehicles shortly after you turn in from Lighthouse Road.
There is an Asda store nearby. Turn left at the end of Heol Pont-y-cwcw and then next right onto Morgan Way. Continue to the end of Morgan way and across the road is a footpath entrance to the Asda car park.
Newport would have options.
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It is a blissfully quiet spot, with only occasional farm traffic using the bridge. There were no issues with the sun, and photographing and videoing was refreshingly easy in both directions!
General views - All photographs © Tony Rispoli unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking north
Fig 4 - Looking north
Fig 5 - Looking north
Fig 6 - Looking south
Fig 7 - Looking south
Fig 8 - Looking south
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