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Severn Bridges toll prices to be halved

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As announced in George Osborne’s budget statement earlier this month, plans to cut the prices of tolls on the Severn Crossings by half have been described as “a step in the right direction” by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Mr Osborne stated that he had “listened to the concerns of Conservative MPs in Wales” and has decided to decrease toll prices. The current £6.60 charge for cars, which was already due to be cut to £5.40 in 2017, is now expected to drop as low as £3.30 from 2018.

Other current prices to cross the bridges include £13.20 for vans and a whopping £19.80 for coaches and lorries.

Being the most expensive tolls in the UK the plans have been welcomed by most with Monmouth Conservative MP David Davies saying he is “absolutely delighted” by the Chancellors announcement. However the Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams has called the cuts “pathetic” and that “The Chancellor is cynically acting as if he is doing commuters a favour, but the fact is that he wants to keep this unfair tax on entering Wales”.

The bridges are currently administered by Severn River Crossing PLC but plans to revert them back to public ownership are to take place in 2018.

 

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