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Monday, 16 April 2012
THE END IN SIGHT?
The second Severn Bridge
The Highways Agency has done a deal with Severn Crossings PLC which means that they will rake at least another £33 million pounds worth of bridge tolls before the concession finally comes to an end in 2017. On the basis of current annual toll income this deal will allow the company to operate the bridges for an additional five months. Plaid is firmly opposed to any extension to the contract for the Severn Crossings with the private company and wants to see the contract ended at the earliest opportunity followed by a significant reduction or removal of tolls on the Severn Bridges. The high cost of the tolls is a matter of real concern for the people of Wales because the tolls impact on businesses, freight and logistics, on commuters and on tourism and are a tax on jobs and businesses.