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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 10:40 GMT
Cost of Severn crossing increases
The cost of a return car journey across the Severn bridge is set to rise 20p to 5.10 from 1 January.

Lorry drivers will have to pay 15.30, a rise of 60p. One haulage contractor said he could not absorb the increase and would be forced to passed it on.

A spokesman for Severn Rivers Crossings defended the increase and said the increase was a fair deal.

"The price reflects the cost of the second crossing which the government decided would be paid for by tolls".

The bridge tolls - which are only paid on the Wales-bound journey - are governed by the Severn Bridges' Act, 1992.

The Act sets down the precise method and base prices for setting toll levels and the adjustment to next year's toll levels.


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