Severn tolls to be scrapped before Christmas

Severn tolls to be scrapped before Christmas

Tolls on the Severn Crossings will be abolished on Monday 17 December, the Government has announced.
 
HGVs currently pay £16.70 to cross the River Severn from England into Wales.
 
The Government said the move will give an estimated £100m annual boost to the Welsh economy. 
 
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “It has long been my ambition to see the tolls abolished, doing away with a barrier that has hindered Wales’ economic prosperity for more than half a century.
 
“Today marks an important leap forward in Wales’ economic potential, increasing our appeal to external investors but also ensuring businesses, commuters and tourists on both sides of the border are no longer hampered by a fee restricting them from carrying out their everyday lives.
 
“Removing the tolls will cement the already strong ties between the economies and communities of South Wales and the South West of England, creating a growth corridor for prosperity to flourish from Cardiff, through Newport to Bristol and beyond."
 
Hauliers welcomed the move but also questioned what impact it might have on the road network.
 
Road Haulage Association Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said: “Removing the tolls will be a tremendous boost to businesses who use these major routes.
 
“However, the increase in traffic will inevitably put more strain on the road network. If the infrastructure can’t cope then the benefits will be offset by the increase in congestion.”