Commuters will no longer have to pay the £5.60 daily toll when travelling into Wales

 

The toll charge on the Severn Bridge is to be scrapped in December 2018, meaning commuters up and down the country could make huge savings.

Just one week before Christmas, the Severn crossing toll charge will be scrapped and no longer will commuters have to pay the current £5.60 daily charge when travelling west into Wales.

Commuters have been paying a toll charge on the Severn Bridge since it was first introduced back in 1966, with regular commuters now expected to save around £1,400 a year as the bridge changes into one that’s free to travel over for everyone.

Commuters will no longer have to pay the £5.60 daily toll when travelling into Wales

Scrapped from December 2018: The Severn Bridge toll. © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The toll charge is currently only payable by motorists who are travelling west into Wales, those travelling the other way don’t have to pay.

It’s estimated that lorry drivers are having to fork out up to £16.70 a day to cross the bridge.

Details about the December toll scrappage were announced by Wales secretary Alun Cairns, who said: “Wales will be more open for business than ever after the Conservatives deliver on this commitment,” also adding: “Scrapping tolls before the festive period is an early Christmas present for hard-working commuters who will be £1,400 per year better off.”

Removing the toll for around 25million annual journeys sends a positive message that the two nations are both open for business.

“Toll free, free flow journeys between both communities will drive further economic benefits to all areas surrounding the crossings and the key economic centres in Cardiff, Bath, Bristol, Newport and across to Swansea and West Wales.” said Theresa May.

 

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