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FTA labels Severn crossing toll increase "cynical"
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has hit out at plans for a 90 pence price increase for lorry drivers using the toll bridge that crosses the River Severn.
Severn River Crossing PLC, the company that built the bridge, is set to introduce the price rise from January with lorry drivers now expected to pay £18.10 to use it.
The bridge is already the most expensive toll road in the UK with the heavy charges putting HGV operators under further financial strain.
FTA policy manager for Wales Ian Gallagher has hit out at the price rise, claiming it will make things tougher for businesses that rely on the important logistics route.
Mr Gallagher said: "Users of the Severn crossings are at the mercy of cynical charges to use, what is for the haulage industry, an essential piece of infrastructure."
The FTA has called for the current contract with Severn River Crossing to be amended so that lower charges can be levied over a longer period of time, thus reducing the cost to businesses.
They have also called for lower tariffs for night-time crossing for commercial vehicles.
Mr Gallagher added: “Severn tolls already cost companies many thousands of pounds a month; this latest price hike will make life a lot tougher for hauliers who cross from England into south Wales."
Posted by Christine King