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Severn Bridge: Tolls

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the working group on the Severn Bridge is expected to present its findings. (240342)

The working group presented its findings in early October to the Highways Agency’s chief executive.

The working group established that, in principle, it is feasible to accept credit/debit cards as a method of toll payment at Severn Crossings. A number of detailed operational, technical, financial and contractual issues need to be considered.

Negotiations with the Concessionaire began on 20 October and the Concessionaire has since commenced detailed financial discussions with the banks and equipment suppliers.