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Falling ice strikes again on Severn Crossing

The M4 Second Severn Crossing was closed to traffic yesterday on the advice of the police when falling ice from overhead gantries hit the main structure of the bridge, months after the same problem closed both Severn crossings.

One lane remained open in both directions on the M48 Severn Bridge and safety checks were carried out. The road surfaces on both bridges have been fully treated throughout the current period of weather but the issua will again raise questions about of whether engineers need to act to prevent the same happening again.

Both Severn Crossings were fully reopened to traffic at 2.25pm yesterday afternoon and the Highways Agency was planning to work with Traffic Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government and the police to monitor the situation on the Severn Crossings.

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