Severn Bridge delivers early Christmas present to motorists and Forest business

The Forest of Dean District Council is welcoming this week’s announcement that toll charges on the Severn Bridge will now be scrapped before Christmas.

Original plans were set to abolish the toll on 31st December but this has now been brought forward to the morning of Monday 17th December.

Cllr Tim Gwilliam, leader of Forest of Dean District Council said, “The Forest of Dean is always open for business, but of course the removal of the toll charges on 17th December presents a great opportunity for our towns and visitor attractions to benefit from increased seasonal trade in the run-up to Christmas.”

Cllr Richard Leppington, cabinet member responsible for infrastructure said, “This is like an early Christmas present for motorists and its fantastic news for our local businesses too. We’re aware of the concerns about extra traffic, particularly through Chepstow, so we’re pleased that Monmouthshire County Council and Gloucestershire County Council have commissioned a new transport study to look at the best way to tackle it.”

Andrew Callard, chair of Forest Economic Partnership said, “I welcome the removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridges for the significant benefits it will bring for the areas neighbouring the Forest. It’s essential now that we work together to make sure the Forest shares in those benefits for all those that live, work, play and study here.

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