MPs have launched an inquiry into the future of the Severn River Crossings.
The Welsh Affairs Committee will examine the plans for the transition to public ownership in 2018 and a reduction in toll fees, including scrutinising plans for highway maintenance, maintenance costs and the current condition of the bridges. The M48 Severn Bridge is currently undergoing cable inspections.
Committee chairman David Davies said: “The announcement that the tolls are to be halved is fantastic news for the south Wales economy. Whilst this is not as much of a reduction as some were hoping for, it is certainly a welcome step forward. It is also an example of the change that can be achieved when MPs from all parties work together closely.
“The main priority now is to ensure a proper handover plan is in place when the bridges revert to public ownership. Furthermore, the potential for installing an electronic pre-pay system is a key issue, as reducing the tolls is likely to increase traffic levels and could lead to big queues on the toll plaza. The Committee will also look the long-term future of the crossings and the important role they play in boosting the Welsh economy.”