To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the amounts raised from tolls, and the cost involved in collecting the tolls, for (a) the original Severn Bridge and (b) the second Severn Bridge in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
The accounts for Severn River Crossing plc show that in the year ending 31 December 1996 they had a turnover from toll revenue of £47.2 million. Separate figures for the toll revenue from each crossing are not available but 75–80 per cent. of the traffic uses the new bridge. Toll operating costs and maintenance are not dis-aggregated but, with administrative expenses, total running costs amounted to £7.6 million.