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Tolls on Severn bridges scrapped

The tolls have been in place since the first bridge was opened by the Queen in 1966. Photo: ITV West Country

Motorists can travel for free for the first time in 52 years on the two Severn bridges as the tolls are scrapped from Monday.

Charges on the original Severn Crossing have been in place since 1966, when the first bridge was opened by the Queen.

The current fee for a car crossing from England into South Wales is £5.60, and regular commuters are expected to save more than £1,400 a year.

However, nearly a hundred staff members are at risk of redundancy.

It's been an emotional weekend and it's been a challenging weekend for staff that have worked here.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank staff for their continued commitment and Highways England are supporting them as best we can at this time.

– Hannah Milliner General Manager, Severn Bridges
This lorry was the first vehicle to cross for free. Credit: ITV News

The tolls were reduced on New Year's Day 2018 after the bridges were returned to public ownership.

The final driver to pay to cross over from England to Wales on Sunday was Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns.