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Briton Ferry is located on the Port Talbot - Swansea / District line one mile south of Briton Ferry station and the location is split between two adjacent bridges off Briton Ferry roundabout which provide great photographic opportunities in either direction.
Railway type and traffic
Double main line track with Briton Ferry Yard and the spur to Baglan Bay on the westerly (down) side. FGW and Arriva trains operate a very regular passenger service between Cardiff and Swansea. DB Schenker provide Class 60 traction for its oil and steel workings to Robestone and Trostre respectively and Class 66 for its coal workings to the Swansea Valleys. Freightliner have an irregular Class 66 working into Baglan Bay with gas tanks.
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Built up with Industrial, commercial and residential properties and motorway complex with a stunning backdrop to either way to the Swansea Valleys and Corus Steelworks.
Briton Ferry can be accessed from the M4 at Junctions 41 or 42 by taking the A48 to the roundabout at Briton Ferry. Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Briton Ferry map co-ordinates
For security and ease in a premium area it is suggested that parking is made on the southerly bridge.
McDonalds drive through and ‘restaurant’ is located on the opposite corner of location to the Briton Ferry roundabout.
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Briton Ferry general view map
Briton Ferry close up map
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The southerly and northerly bridges provide photographic opportunity for traffic originating from Port Talbot and Swansea / Briton Ferry Yard respectively. The lighting in both directions is better from midday onwards.
Extra Video notes
Both these locations are busy road bridges as well as being in close proximity to the A48 and M4 so road noise can be very obtrusive.
Links to photographs at this location
47289 - Briton Ferry - 03/05/93
47489 - Briton Ferry - 20/07/89
47837 - Briton Ferry - 04/05/91
General views - All photographs © Martin Bray unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
37886 photographed from the A48 (northerly bridge) whilst working a Fishguard - Rhymney train on 30th August 2003.
Fig 2 - Looking south
67008 photographed from the southerly bridge whilst working the penultimate Margam Depot - Swansea, South Wales TPO empty coaching stock on 25th July 2003.
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