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Severn Bridge toll rises yet again

The toll for vehicles crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales is being increased on 1 January 2012

Vehicles will be tolled for using both the Severn Bridge (above) and the Second Severn Crossing. Photo by timbobee on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/timbobee/1397937826/sizes/l/in/photostream/)

Currently set at £5.70, the toll for cars and motor caravans will rise by £0.30 to £6. The changes will take effect on 1 January 2012. Goods vehicles and buses will also be charged extra for entering Wales.

Back in December 2010, The Welsh Affairs Committee heard that most of the £77m raised annually by the tolls is used to cover debts. And that by 2017 tolls should fall by 70 to 80% of current levels.

However, that is unlikely to placate cash-strapped motorists such as Bristol-based James Fowler who regularly uses the Severn Bridge, “Every time I cross the bridge the toll seems to have gone up. £6 is it now? That’s ridiculous in today’s economic climate.  It’s not good news for Welsh businesses either”.