Wefan Gymraeg

Campaign to scrap Severn Bridge tolls reaches important milestone

The Welsh Liberal Democrats were the only party in the 2015 General Election to commit to scrapping the Severn Bridge tolls once the bridges come back into public ownership.

The campaign to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls has achieved an important milestone as the Welsh Government voted to scrap the tolls.

Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Cabinet Secretary, today voted to scrap the tolls.  For the first time, members of the Welsh Government also voted to completely scrap the tolls.

More than 80,000 vehicles use the two crossings each day, with the cost ranging from £6.60 for cars to £19.80 for lorries.

The Severn Crossings are currently managed by a private company. The concession will end when a revenue target collected from tolls is reached. Current forecasts are that the concession will end in 2018.

It is estimated that scrapping the tolls would provide the South Wales economy with a boost of around £107 million a year. This will help rebalance the economy and drive growth in what is traditionally a deprived region.

Welsh Lib Dem Economy and Infrastructure Spokesperson Cllr Bob Griffin said:

"These tolls are a genuine strain on businesses and are an unfair tax on commuters, costing the average commuter around £1,536 a year, with a clear call from businesses to scrap the tolls. 

“It was the Welsh Lib Dems who led the calls for the tolls to be scrapped back in 2014 and I am pleased we have used our influence to convince the Welsh Government to now back this position.”

Local campaigner Paul Halliday said:

“The Tories should stop playing with the idea of introducing tolls for commuters travelling in both directions and commit to scrapping this unfair tax once the books are balanced.

“This debate gives the campaign great momentum and the Welsh Liberal Democrats will work tirelessly in and out of Government to ensure that when The Severn Crossings come back into public ownership, the tolls are scrapped.”

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