Welsh Tories to call for devolution of Severn crossings
WELSH Conservatives are today calling for control of the Severn crossing to be devolved.
The Shadow Minister for Transport, South Wales West member Byron Davies, was due to announce the policy to a forum of hauliers and Freight Transport Association representatives.
Mr Davies was there to launch plans to consult on an appropriate way forward for use of the bridge tolls following devolution. The group will put forward three options for discussion.
These are: retaining the current toll and injecting collected money into future infrastructure projects across Wales; a lower, flat rate, maintenance only toll; and a lower toll and using money collected for both maintenance and future infrastructure projects.
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"The Severn Crossings are a hugely significant economic lever that I believe should rest firmly in the hands of the Welsh people," said Mr Davies. "Devolution of the crossings — and future use of the tolls — has the real potential to help hard-pressed motorists, provide significant investment in Welsh infrastructure and encourage economic growth."