Mountain Bikers that drive from England to South Wales via the Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing can celebrate today.
For the first time in both bridge’s history, the toll price has been cut.
Great news for South West mountain bikers travelling to South Wales today.
Monday 8th January 2018 marks the first ever price cut for the bridge, with VAT no longer being charged for private vehicles.
Cars will now cost £5.60 and vans will cost £11.20.
The Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing bridges connect the M4 and M48 motorways from the South West of England over to South Wales. Both operate tolls for west bound traffic.
Any mountain biker that’s travelled by car from the South West to ride Cwm Carn, Bike Park Wales, the Forest of Dean or any South Wales MTB destination will have used it and been stung for the price of the toll.
The toll was introduced when the bridges were built in the 1960’s and generated up to £10m a month for its operators at Severn Crossing PLC.
Toll prices rose year on year and in 2017 it cost cars £6.70 and vans a whopping £13.40. If you drive a van and ride 30 weekends a year, that was £400 a year.
The 2018 price cuts are as a result of ownership of bridge being transferred from Severn River Crossing PLC to the Department for Transport at midnight on Sunday 7th January reports the BBC.
The BBC reports that the tolls will be remove completely by the end of 2018 and that politicians are calling for speedy action.