FTA welcomes reduction in Severn Crossing tolls

Written by Ellie

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the government's decision to reduce the costs for users of the Severn Crossing in the future.

Coming into force from 2018, the reduction in tolls is aimed at bolstering the local economy and to help travellers to keep down costs associated with the transport of goods and services.

The lowered fees will be applicable to all drivers, although benefits for fleet operators will only come into force should they exceed 20 crossings.

Representative for the FTA Ian Gallagher commented: "At a time of continuing economic uncertainty, when businesses are already facing increased pressure on turnover thanks to changes in currency values, these reductions are, on the whole, very welcome indeed."

He did note, however, that the FTA would like to see a full end to tolls outside of peak hours, as this would provide a welcome boon to all travellers in the area.

The organisation has also lobbied the government to scrap the existing £63 million debt for upgrades to the Severn Crossing, although this latest consultation has not gone that far.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "The Severn Crossing is one of the busiest crossings in the UK and to offer travellers a reduced cost in its use is a very welcome development for all road users in the area."

Posted on 16th January 2017

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