FTA calls on Government to keep Severn toll promise

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The Freight Transport Association is calling for clear commitment from the Government to scrap any future charge on the Severn Crossings. GOOGLESTREETVIEW

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling on the Government to guarantee its pre-election promise to remove all charges on the Severn Bridges.

According to the trade body, the two structures spanning the Severn estuary on the M4 and M48 motorways have the highest toll charges on the entire UK road network. This represents a massive burden on transport businesses who have seen year-on-year price increases, costing the sector millions of pounds.

The FTA said a clear commitment from the Government to scrap any future charges is essential to provide certainty for business and deliver economic benefit to the whole area. Ian Gallagher, FTA Head of Policy for Wales and the South West, said: “Removal of tolls on the Severn Bridges has been a key FTA priority for many years, so the election commitment by all parties to end the charges was welcome. We are now looking for a firm guarantee from the Government to deliver on that.”