Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper says revenue from the Severn Bridge tolls could be used to build a third crossing over the river. During a debate in the Commons on the future of the tolls, he said a new bridge near Gloucester was needed to ease bottlenecks on the Over bridge.
Newport East MP Jessica Morden has called for 'openness' from the Treasury about what it intends to do with the Severn tolls when the bridges revert to public ownership in 2018.
The Labour MP is leading a debate in the House of Commons calling for ministers to say whether or not they will reduce the tolls or keep them in place.
VAT could no longer be payable on the Severn Bridge tolls once the crossings revert to public ownership in 2018.
Monmouth MP David Davies says he's been given written confirmation from the Transport Minister.
In his letter, the Minister states that once the concession ends - expected to be in 2018 - it would be legally possible to reduce tolls on both the M48 Severn Bridge and M4 Second Severn Crossing.
However, the future management and tolling arrangements of the crossings remains unclear as the UK Government has yet to announce what action will be taken after the current concession ends.
Mr Davies said, “We must now demand a clear plan for the post concession period with a significant reduction in the tolls,” he added.
The future of tolls on the Severn Crossings is being discussed in Westminster today.
The Welsh Affairs Select Committee heard evidence from Transport Minister Stephen Hammond on the UK Government's plans for the bridges when they transfer to public ownership.
The future of tolls on the Severn bridge will take a step forward today when Transport minister Stephen Hammond gives evidence to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.
The committee will ask Mr Hammond to provide an update on the Government's plans for the crossings and the level of tolls when the bridges revert to public ownership. Uncertainties surrounding the future ownership of the severn bridges will also be explored by the committee.
Politicians who want the Welsh Government to take control of the Severn crossings and their millions of pounds of toll income have been challenged by a leading businessman.
It is estimated the bridges will come into public ownership in 2018.
A leading accountant based in Bristol is warning that the money belongs to the whole of the UK.
Jonathan Williams, a Bristol business leader and a partner with Bishop Fleming Accountants, says any future revenue from the Severn bridge tolls should not automatically go to Wales.
Businesses in Bristol are up in arms at the prospect of devolving the Severn bridges along with the revenue from the tolls direct to the Welsh Government.
First Minster Carwyn Jones has recently hinted he would be interested in taking control of the structures around 2018.
One leading businessman in the South West of England says they are a UK-wide asset and not just a Welsh asset.