Severn Bridge toll charge is abolished

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Tolls to cross the Severn bridges into Wales have officially been scrapped after 52 years.

The toll was abolished this morning (Monday December 17) and the removal of the fee, which was £5.60 for a car, on the M4 and M48 bridges between south-west England and Wales may save commuters up to £1,400 a year.

The removal of the tolls will also provide an estimated annual boost of over £100m for the Welsh economy.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “The end of the tolls is a major milestone for the economies of south Wales and south west of England, and will remove historic barriers between communities. Scrapping the tolls means an end to generations of people paying to simply cross the border, and delivering this has been one of my key aims as Welsh Secretary.”

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling added: “We made a commitment in the manifesto to deliver free crossings over the Severn and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.

“This move will put £1,400 a year in the pockets of thousands of hard-working motorists and help transform the economy in the South West and South Wales creating new opportunities and helping drive future growth.”