1. ITV Report

Severn Bridge tolls to be scrapped next year

The Severn Crossing tolls will be abolished next year, the government has announced.

The announcement comes as families prepare to take to the roads for the great summer getaway. Credit: PA

It means all vehicles using the bridges in and out of Wales can travel for free.

At the moment, these are the rates:

cars up to 9 seats
small buses and goods vehicles
large buses and lorries
The bridges are used by more than 25 million vehicles each year. Credit: PA

This new decision comes 12 months earlier than expected.

Tens of millions of motorists a year will benefit from the end of tolls on the Severn bridges, saving them money and cutting journey times. People who use the crossing every day will save a minimum of £115 a month.

Abolishing the crossing fee will also drive economic growth for businesses in Wales and the South West and further strengthen the bond between our two great countries.

– Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary