Plaid Cymru would reduce Severn Bridge tolls to under £2 per car

06/04/2022

Plaid Cymru would reduce Severn Bridge tolls to under £2 per car

Reduction in tolls necessary to reduce impact on Welsh economy

 

Plaid Cymru has said that it would significantly reduce tolls on the Severn crossings.  Steffan Lewis, the party’s candidate for Islwyn, said that the party would initiate discussions immediately for a transfer of powers in order to reduce the tolls on the bridges.  Mr Lewis said that the tolls, currently £5.70 per car, £11.50 per van and £17.20 per lorry, have a considerable impact on Welsh businesses and the Welsh economy. 

 

The operation of the bridge is in the hands of a private company with the contract likely to end in 2017 at which point the bridge will be handed over to the Department for Transport in London.  Plaid Cymru argues that control, or shared control, over the bridge should be devolved to the Welsh government and that negotiations to this end should start immediately to ensure that the transfer is in place by 2017. 

 

Steffan Lewis said that a Plaid Cymru government would view it as essential that control, or at least shared control, over the operation of the bridge be devolved to the Welsh government at the earliest opportunity in order to ensure that action could be taken to significantly reduce the tolls.  He added that a Plaid government would use any money raised by the tolls for maintenance of the bridges and the upgrading of Welsh infrastructure and not for private profit. 

 

Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Islwyn, Steffan Lewis, said:

 

“Plaid Cymru is committed to significantly reducing the tolls on the Severn Bridges to under £2 per car.  We know that the high cost of the tolls is a serious matter of concern for the people of Wales because of the impact it has on Welsh businesses, particularly those in freight and logistics, and on people visiting Wales.  As the bridges are of such vital importance to Wales it is only right that control, or at least shared control, over them is in the hands of the Welsh people.

 

“A Plaid Cymru government would immediately initiate discussions to bring about the devolution of control, or shared control, over the bridges to the Wales.  With control over the bridges, we would significantly reduce the cost of the tolls to under £2 a car. We would also introduce new collection techniques so that people crossing the bridge would have an alternative to paying by cash.  Any profit that is made will be used to maintain the bridges and upgrade Welsh infrastructure.”