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Severn Bridge

Severn Bridge Toll Scrap

05 October 2018

It was recently announced by Highway England that, as of December 17th, the Severn Bridge toll charges will be scrapped. Whilst this will be a welcome change for some (with annual saving of around £1000 expected for regular motorists), it will also bring significant disruption to those using the bridge over the festive period.

As part of the introduction to this new system, extensive work will be carried out on the bridges in the lead up to and after December 17th as we head into the New Year. This will mainly involve the removal of the toll plazas and making the bridges free-flowing with a new 3 lane system.

Highway England have released information about the initial works that will take place, with further updates expected as the works begin:

  • On December 14th, work will begin on the Prince of Wales Bridge. Temporary lanes will be created for drivers to use, with a speed restriction in place, until the toll plazas have been removed. Removing the plazas will take “significant work” in order to create a new three lane motorway with free flowing traffic.
  • Once the tolls have been scrapped on the Prince of Wales Bridge on December 17th, the M48 Bridge will be closed for two days. This is to allow time for similar temporary lane arrangements to be put in place.

These works are likely to cause significant travel disruption over the festive period and into the New Year, so plan your journeys well in advance and allow more time for your travels.

Information Source: WalesOnline

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