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Budget 2015: Freight businesses disappointed Severn tolls to continue

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The freight industry described as a “kick in the teeth” the Budget announcement that tolls would continue when the Severn crossings come into public ownership.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was a bitter blow for the freight and logistics industry.

Ian Gallagher, Freight Transport Association head of policy South West and Wales, said: “The Chancellor’s announcement today is the first confirmation from UK Government that charging will continue after 2018 when the bridge comes into public ownership. While the change to the tolls is seen good news for van and minibus operators – FTA considers it is a kick in the teeth for the logistics industry as a whole. There are three years of toll increases still to come. By 2018 we anticipate that the toll will be in excess of £20 for HGVs.”

On behalf of its members and the logistics industry, the FTA has campaigned extensively for the tolls to be abolished, and is now calling on the Government to provide clear visibility of charges once the Severn bridge comes into public ownership.