Toll for the Severn Bridge to be ditched at the end of next year
Regular users will save around £1,400 a year in fees
The toll for the Severn Bridge is to be ditched at the end of next year, meaning regular users could save around £1,400 a year.
The Severn Bridge links England to Wales and currently, motorists travelling from England into Wales have to pay a toll, with the price depending on what type of vehicle is being driven.
According to the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, scrappage of the fee will not only save motorists around £1,400 a year, it should also boost South Wales’ economy by £100m a year.
Both bridges, one located on the M4 and the other on the M48, are used by around 25 million motorists each year. To ensure maintenance work can be carried out, the bridge requires a budget of around £7m.
The fees were discussed back in January this year, with plans to reduce the cost to £3 and the transferral of the bridge into public ownership by 2018.
Currently, drivers of a car have to pay £6.70 to cross the bridge into Wales, whereas small buses and van drivers have to fork out £13.40, with coaches and lorries paying £20. Crossing from the other direction doesn’t currently cost motorists anything.
“The decision to abolish the Severn tolls next year sends a powerful message to businesses, commuters and tourists alike that the UK Government is committed to strengthening the Welsh economy,” said Cairns.
According to transport secretary Chris Grayling, thousands of motorists will not only save money when the toll fees are scrapped but will also benefit from quicker journey times.
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