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Severn Bridge: Tolls

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Severn River Crossing plc on toll charges in 2010. (306304)

While I have not had any discussions with Severn River Crossing plc (SRC) about toll charges for next year, officials for the Department for Transport have. As required under the Severn Bridges Act 1992, it is necessary to review toll levels each year in line with the retail price index. Departmental officials have corresponded with SRC in relation to the calculation of the toll levels following publication of the September RPI figure, as well as the reintroduction of the 17.5 per cent. VAT rate.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the level of toll charges on the Severn Crossing. (306305)

I have had no discussions with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Ministers on the level of tolls on the Severn Crossings. Department for Transport officials do have regular contact with staff from the WAG on various matters concerning the Severn River Crossings as part of normal Highways Agency operations.