Lib Dems will scrap Severn Bridge tolls

2014 Awst 18 9:48 AM

Severn bridge tolls launchThe Liberal Democrats have announced today that the party would scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if in Government after the next election.

The Severn Crossings are currently managed by a private company. The concession will end when a revenue target collected from tolls is reached. Current forecasts are that the concession will end in 2018. Once the tolls are transferred into public ownership and debts are repaid, the Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the tolls completely.

The Severn Bridge tolls are the most expensive in the UK. It now costs £6.40 for a car to cross the bridge, £12.80 for a van, and £19.20 for a coach or lorry.

The pledge will form part of the Liberal Democrats' manifesto next year. Click here to sign the petition and back the campaign.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are delighted that we have secured this commitment. 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."

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central and a member of the party's Manifesto Working Group, said:

"These tolls are a genuine strain on local businesses in my constituency. 

"By scrapping the tolls, the Liberal Democrats would be boosting the South Wales economy by around £107 million a year. This will help rebalance the economy and drive growth in what is traditionally a deprived region.

"In the forthcoming General Election, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to scrap these unfair tolls."

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