Local Assembly Member Nick Ramsay was delighted at the announcement in yesterday’s budget that tolls on the Severn River Crossings are to be reduced by the UK Government by 50% once the crossings are in public ownership and subject to public consultation
Speaking after the announcement and yesterday’s budget Nick said:
“This long awaited decision on the future of the Severn Bridge Tolls is excellent news with the tolls to be halved when they return to public ownership. Great news for many Monmouthshire constituents who use the bridges regularly for both business and pleasure.
“We also had news earlier this week of the £1.2 billion deal for the Cardiff Capital region agreed with the Welsh Government and local partners including Monmouthshire County Council led by Councillor Peter Fox.
“This again is great news for South Wales, and I look forward to hearing further details of the transport schemes that are to be developed with the generous funding that has been made available.
“The Chancellor’s budget yesterday also provided more support for Wales with discussions to begin on a potential City Deal for Swansea Bay City Region as well as a possible growth deal for North Wales.
“I believe the 2016 budget will help households and businesses across Monmouthshire by boosting business investment, jobs and future growth. The reduction in the Severn Bridge Tolls will be very welcome by constituents who have been writing to me for years about the huge expense involved in crossing into Wales. Thankfully this cost will be greatly reduced in the near future.”