US News Tory pledge to scrap tolls for motorists using Severn Crossings

18:10  16 may  2017
18:10  16 may  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Tolls for drivers crossing between Wales and England will be scrapped under a Conservative government, Theresa May has announced. The move will mean motorists making around 25 million journeys using the Severn Crossings every year will no longer be hit by fees of up to £20.

Tolls for drivers crossing between Wales and England will be scrapped under a Conservative government, Theresa May has announced. The move will mean motorists making around 25 million journeys using the Severn Crossings every year will no longer be hit by fees of up to £20.

The Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales over the Bristol Channel (Ben Birchall/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales over the Bristol Channel (Ben Birchall/PA)

Tolls for drivers crossing between Wales and England will be scrapped under a Conservative government, Theresa May has announced.

The move will mean motorists making around 25 million journeys using the Severn Crossings every year will no longer be hit by fees of up to £20.

Conservatives expect the change to boost the local economy by around £100 million annually.

The Prime Minister said abolishing the tolls would drive growth on both sides of the Severn.

She said: “I want to ensure that our economic progress is shared across the United Kingdom.

“By abolishing tolls for 25 million annual journeys between two nations, we will strengthen the links between communities.

“This will drive economic growth right across the country, helping key economic centres in Cardiff, Bath, Bristol and Newport.

“By significantly reducing the cost of doing business between Wales and England, the Conservatives continue to deliver on improving the economic prospects of ordinary working people

Theresa May © Provided by The Press Association Theresa May

“There is only one leader at this election who will put the economic prospects of all parts of the United Kingdom first.

Labour plans to scrap hospital parking charges

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Tolls for drivers crossing between Wales and England will be scrapped under a Conservative government, Theresa May has announced. The move will mean motorists making around 25 million journeys using the Severn Crossings every year will no longer be hit by fees of up to £20.

Tolls for drivers crossing between Wales and England will be scrapped under a Conservative government, Theresa May has announced. The move will mean motorists making around 25 million journeys using the Severn Crossings every year will no longer be hit by fees of up to £20.

“The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would risk the economy and destroy jobs.”

The reforms would be brought in when Highways England takes over responsibility for the bridges from Severn Crossings next year. It follows a consultation with commuters and local communities that closed in March.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said: “Scrapping the Severn Crossing tolls is an example of the Conservatives of taking the big decisions when they’re the right decisions, in doing so, transforming the joint economic prospects of South Wales and the South West of England.

“Drivers using this key artery between two nations, en route to London, will benefit from a £100m boost to the local area.

“Theresa May will ensure that economic prosperity is spread across the United Kingdom and this clear commitment will guarantee that links are strengthened and enhanced between the natural economic areas of South Wales and the South West of England.”

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