Severn bridge toll scrappage – RHA cautious
Following news that the Liberal Democrats’ UK wide ‘Pre-Manifesto’ will contain a commitment to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls at the next Parliament, The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has expressed concern that it could be a case of ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul.’
RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning, commented, ‘Of course we would be in favour of scrapping the current tolling regime as it would give a boost to the South Wales economy in particular and would greatly improve the transport communication links between England and Wales in general. If the Lib Dems abolish the tolls there can be no instance whereby the subsequent financial loss is recouped in other areas – such as an increase in fuel duty.’
The Severn Bridge tolls are the most expensive in the UK, costing £19.20 for a bus or coach.