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Severn crossing tolls will end in mid December

There have been tolls to cross the Severn on the M4 for 52 years Credit: PA

The tolls on the two Severn motorway crossings will be scrapped on December 17th.

Charges on the M48 Severn Bridge and M4 Prince of Wales Bridge were scheduled to be axed by 31 December, but Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has told the Conservative Party conference this morning the exact date.

The tolls, currently £5.60 for a car or £16.70 for a HGV, have been in place since the original Severn bridge was opened in 1966.

Regular commuters are expected to save over £1,400 a year in toll charges, which ministers say could "transform the economic opportunities on both sides of the Severn".

This is just the start of my plan to pursue yet more growth for a stronger and a better-connected Wales. Scrapping the Severn tolls is an example of the Conservatives ensuring that all four nations of the UK thrive after Brexit, in doing so, transforming the joint economic prospects of south Wales and the West of England.

– Welsh Secretry Alun Cairns MP