If elected on 8 June, Theresa May’s Conservatives will scrap tolls for all vehicles using the Severn bridges as part of the key artery and link between South Wales and the South West of England. For the past 50 years tolls have been levied on vehicles using the crossings, but a future Conservative government will scrap fees of up to £20 for the 25 million vehicles that use the crossing annually.
The decision will bind together two economic areas in Wales and England, supporting the Union, whilst sharing prosperity right across the United Kingdom. It will happen next year when Highways England takes over responsibility for the bridges from Severn Crossings plc.
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said:
“I want to ensure that prosperity is shared across the United Kingdom. By abolishing tolls for 25million annual journeys between two nations, the Conservatives are sending a positive, open for business message. Strengthened links between both communities will drive further economic benefits to all areas surrounding the crossings and the 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 working people. With this major step we are encouraging a close bond between two nations as part of the United Kingdom, whilst driving economic growth right across the country.
“There is only one leader at this election who will put the economic prospects of all parts of the United Kingdom first. The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal for commuters under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would trash the economy and destroy jobs.”
Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.”