Liberal Democrats pledge to scrap Severn Bridge tolls

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if the party is successful in the forthcoming General Election.

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Better to abolish Severn tolls than devolve them say Lib Dems

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has dismissed calls for the Severn tolls to be devolved to the Welsh Government, saying it would be better for Wales to abolish them altogether.

The First Minister has previously called for responsibility for the tolls and their income to be transferred and, in response to the Lib Dem pledge, the Welsh Government has said it should 'have a say'when the bridges return to public ownership.

But Kirsty Williams says no UK Government is likely to agree to such a move.

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Welsh Govt: 'Wales should have a say on tolls future'

The Welsh Government says it has 'made clear' to the UK Government that Wales should have a say on the future of the Severn Bridge tolls.

The Department of Transport and the Highway Agency is currently responsible for both crossings, including the level of the tolls.

However, we have made it clear to the UK Government that we should have a say on future of the tolls after the end of the current concession agreement with Severn River Crossing PLC.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Welsh Lib Dems: 'Shouldn't have to pay to enter Wales'

The Welsh Liberal Democrats say they are 'delighted' that the party has pledged to scrap Severn Bridge tolls.

We are the only party that will completely scrap the unfair Severn Bridge tolls.

This announcement will offer a huge boost to the Welsh economy and save the average commuter around £1,536 a year. It will help to build a strong economy and a fairer society.

These tolls shouldn’t be used as a money-maker by either the Welsh or UK Government. Tolls are extremely rare in the UK, so I see no reason why people should be forced to pay to enter Wales.

– Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats pledge to scrap Severn Bridge tolls

The party says it will scrap the tolls if successful in the next General Election Credit: Julia Bayne/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if the party is successful in the forthcoming General Election.

The commitment will be outlined in the party's ‘pre-manifesto’ in September.

The Severn Crossings are managed by a private concessionaire, which is due to end when enough revenue target is collected from tolls - predicted to be sometime in 2018.

Once the bridges are transferred into public ownership and debts are repaid, the Liberal Democrats say they will abolish the tolls.

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