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Government urged to keep Severn toll promise

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is chasing up the Government on its pre-election promises to scrap all charges on the Severn Bridges.

Currently it costs £13.40 for a van to cross into Wales using the Severn Bridge toll.

The administration of the two bridges at the Severn Crossing is due to revert to central government control at the end of this year or in early 2018, when toll charging will automatically end. Although a new charging system is currently planned, the Conversatives had said prior to the election that it would remove all tolls. Currently it costs £13.40 for a van to cross into Wales.

Ian Gallagher, FTA head of policy for Wales and the South West, said: “This unnecessarily high cost of doing business in Wales has been recognised as a barrier to inward investment by our members and their customers, and puts Welsh freight operators at a disadvantage when tendering for business in England. At a time when business needs as much encouragement to grow as possible, it is key that central government delivers on its promise, to help the logistics industry to keep Britain trading.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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