Anger over hike in charges on Severn crossings
TOLLS on the Severn crossings went up to £6.20 yesterday – an inflation-busting 3.3 per cent rise.
Cars travelling from England to Wales on the M4 and M48 crossings will now be charged £6.20 – up from £6.
The cost for vans and minibuses has risen from £12.10 to £12.40 (2.5 per cent), and from £18.10 to £18.60 (2.8 per cent) for lorries and coaches.
Motorists pay to enter Wales, while driving into England is free, with no toll booths on the eastbound carriageways.
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Campaigner John Warman, from the Campaign Against Severn Tolls (Cast), said that the above-inflation rise was "ridiculous" and "unjust".
He said: "The way it is going it won't be long before it reaches the £10 mark. I remember not long ago when we reached the psychological barrier of handing over a £5 note, and then it was £6 and now it's £6.20. It's ridiculous.
"To have an above-inflation rise at a time when people are suffering is totally unacceptable."
A recent report found the crossing had a yearly income of £72 million but running costs of just £15 million.
The Westminster Welsh Affairs committee has previously suggested the toll could be as low as £1.50 per car for the bridges to remain self-financing
In Scotland, tolls on the Skye Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge have been scrapped.
The bridge will transfer into public ownership in 2017.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "We do not control the tolls — the UK Government does.
"That's why we have called on the UK Government to open discussions with us on the arrangements governing the Severn crossings after 2018, with one option being the Welsh Government taking full control of the tolling regime.
"Were this to happen, the First Minister has already indicated that we would look to reduce the tolls."