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Severn Crossing tolls to be cut 'by up to 75%'

The tolls drivers pay to cross the Severn Bridge are to be cut by up to 75% by next year, the Transport Secretary has announced.

The Government is also looking at removing toll barriers Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Speaking ahead of his visit to Wales, Chris Grayling said the Government's proposals would see the prices paid for all vehicles halved when the crossings return to public ownership.

The Government is also looking at removing toll barriers and introducing free-flow tolling on the Severn Crossings.

The Government is determined to make the right decisions for Britain’s future and reducing the tolls on the Severn Crossings will cut costs for businesses helping boost jobs and trade in Wales and across the South West.

The future toll prices announced today will not only guarantee the future and safety of the crossings for generations to come but will also boost the economy whilst offering the best value for money for motorists and the taxpayer.

– Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary

Under the proposals:

  • Cars will pay £3.00 instead of £6.70.
  • Small buses or vans will pay £3.00, down from £13.40
  • Lorries and coaches will pay £10 instead of £20
  • Blue Badge holders and motorcycles will continue to be exempt from the tolls.
Cars will pay £3.00 instead of £6.70 in 2018. Credit: PA

The money raised will pay for the operation and maintenance of the crossings.

This is excellent news for people living and working in Wales who use the Severn Bridge, particularly van drivers who will pay over 75% less money.

These savings will make a huge difference to those who use the crossing regularly and it will provide a major boost to companies pitching for new business, who can now be much more competitive.

The Severn Crossing is a vital artery into Wales and reduced tolls demonstrate once again that Wales remains open for business.

– Alun Cairns, Welsh Secretary

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