Charges for trucks crossing over the Severn Bridge will be reduced in January, as the management of it transfers back to government ownership.
Currently, Category 3 – which covers goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes – pay £20 daily to cross the Bridge, but from 8 January it will be £16.70, as prices will no longer be subject to VAT.
From 8 January, the responsibility for the operations, maintenance and vehicle charges for the bridges will be managed and run by Highways England, the government-owned company that looks after England’s strategic network of motorways and major A-roads.
This is the first step on the road to abolishing tolls on the Severn Bridge entirely. It was announced in July that crossing the bridge will be free by the end of 2018. By scrapping the tolls, it is estimated that HGVs that use the crossing daily could save more than £4500 per year.
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