Severn toll scrapped – good for business but will the roads cope?

3rd October 2018

The Road Haulage Association cautiously welcomes the Government’s announcement that tolls operating on the Severn crossings will be scrapped.

Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns MP said that there will be no more charges on the M4 and M48 from 17 December. But what will be the impact on the roads?

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “Removing the tolls will be a tremendous boost to businesses who use these major routes.

“However, the increase in traffic will inevitably put more a strain on the road network. If the infrastructure can’t cope then the benefits will be offset by the increase in congestion.”

HGVs currently pay £16.70 to cross the River Severn from England into Wales.