Ditch the tolls

First published in Letters

THE Severn Bridge tolls must be abolished of course!

Such charges, together with the ‘rental charges’ should have not been given to the French and never invoked.

Did Scottish bridges ever have them and how many of the English bridges ever incurred these costs?

This is a suggestion put forward by Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.

Like the Tories they are desperately sewing seeds to capture votes for the next general election.

An open question – is any thinking voter going to believe Clegg and trust him as a Tory puppet ever again following the university funding and other failed promises?

Nigel Pearce Trenewydd Park Risca

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11:43am Fri 22 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

The Lib Dem policy announcement shouldn't have been required anyway. They have said that they will stop the tolls when the bridge passes into public ownership in 2018 - which was the plan when it was first constructed.

However, the WAG has been brought into existence since then, and who amongst us can envisage them giving up such a lucrative cash cow? I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they've already worked out how they intend to spend the toll money in a few years time.
The Lib Dem policy announcement shouldn't have been required anyway. They have said that they will stop the tolls when the bridge passes into public ownership in 2018 - which was the plan when it was first constructed. However, the WAG has been brought into existence since then, and who amongst us can envisage them giving up such a lucrative cash cow? I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they've already worked out how they intend to spend the toll money in a few years time. -trigg-
  • Score: 9

11:58am Fri 22 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

In answer to the letter writer's question, England still has tolls on bridges like Clifton and the Humber Bridge and the Dartford crossing. Scotland's SNP abolished bridge tolls around 6 years ago. Given what motorists pay they should all be scrapped and the entire road network funded from the already saturation level taxes on vehicles and fuel.
In answer to the letter writer's question, England still has tolls on bridges like Clifton and the Humber Bridge and the Dartford crossing. Scotland's SNP abolished bridge tolls around 6 years ago. Given what motorists pay they should all be scrapped and the entire road network funded from the already saturation level taxes on vehicles and fuel. Stevenboy
  • Score: 16

3:17pm Fri 22 Aug 14

varteg1 says...

-trigg- wrote:
The Lib Dem policy announcement shouldn't have been required anyway. They have said that they will stop the tolls when the bridge passes into public ownership in 2018 - which was the plan when it was first constructed.

However, the WAG has been brought into existence since then, and who amongst us can envisage them giving up such a lucrative cash cow? I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they've already worked out how they intend to spend the toll money in a few years time.
There's an airport to be [paid for yet.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: The Lib Dem policy announcement shouldn't have been required anyway. They have said that they will stop the tolls when the bridge passes into public ownership in 2018 - which was the plan when it was first constructed. However, the WAG has been brought into existence since then, and who amongst us can envisage them giving up such a lucrative cash cow? I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they've already worked out how they intend to spend the toll money in a few years time.[/p][/quote]There's an airport to be [paid for yet. varteg1
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

We shouldn't have to pay tolls for any road system with the levels of taxation currently levied on the motorist, but the harsh reality is that money is tight everywhere.
I believe the current extortionate levies should be retained but reduced to, say, £2.50 per vehicle regardless of size.
The crossings own figures estimate 80,000 users per day. Broadly speaking, what goes in must come out, and if you average £2.50 per vehicle you would still make £200,000 per day for maintenance costs and suchlike.
No bridge user would refuse to pay this after paying through the nose for years.
The WAG should not be allowed to use this income as a cash cow for their other hair brained schemes.
If they had only reduced the prescription charge to £2 instead of abolishing it, the NHS might have a few more million pounds to spend.
I would pay £2 for a prescription. I would pay £2.50 for bridge use. Business users would welcome this reduction as realistic.
Nobody is looking for a free ride, Just a fair ride. On a bridge. Or two.
We shouldn't have to pay tolls for any road system with the levels of taxation currently levied on the motorist, but the harsh reality is that money is tight everywhere. I believe the current extortionate levies should be retained but reduced to, say, £2.50 per vehicle regardless of size. The crossings own figures estimate 80,000 users per day. Broadly speaking, what goes in must come out, and if you average £2.50 per vehicle you would still make £200,000 per day for maintenance costs and suchlike. No bridge user would refuse to pay this after paying through the nose for years. The WAG should not be allowed to use this income as a cash cow for their other hair brained schemes. If they had only reduced the prescription charge to £2 instead of abolishing it, the NHS might have a few more million pounds to spend. I would pay £2 for a prescription. I would pay £2.50 for bridge use. Business users would welcome this reduction as realistic. Nobody is looking for a free ride, Just a fair ride. On a bridge. Or two. landyman3030
  • Score: 12

3:24pm Fri 22 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

landyman3030 wrote:
We shouldn't have to pay tolls for any road system with the levels of taxation currently levied on the motorist, but the harsh reality is that money is tight everywhere.
I believe the current extortionate levies should be retained but reduced to, say, £2.50 per vehicle regardless of size.
The crossings own figures estimate 80,000 users per day. Broadly speaking, what goes in must come out, and if you average £2.50 per vehicle you would still make £200,000 per day for maintenance costs and suchlike.
No bridge user would refuse to pay this after paying through the nose for years.
The WAG should not be allowed to use this income as a cash cow for their other hair brained schemes.
If they had only reduced the prescription charge to £2 instead of abolishing it, the NHS might have a few more million pounds to spend.
I would pay £2 for a prescription. I would pay £2.50 for bridge use. Business users would welcome this reduction as realistic.
Nobody is looking for a free ride, Just a fair ride. On a bridge. Or two.
My brain no work. £100,000 income per day. Doh!
[quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: We shouldn't have to pay tolls for any road system with the levels of taxation currently levied on the motorist, but the harsh reality is that money is tight everywhere. I believe the current extortionate levies should be retained but reduced to, say, £2.50 per vehicle regardless of size. The crossings own figures estimate 80,000 users per day. Broadly speaking, what goes in must come out, and if you average £2.50 per vehicle you would still make £200,000 per day for maintenance costs and suchlike. No bridge user would refuse to pay this after paying through the nose for years. The WAG should not be allowed to use this income as a cash cow for their other hair brained schemes. If they had only reduced the prescription charge to £2 instead of abolishing it, the NHS might have a few more million pounds to spend. I would pay £2 for a prescription. I would pay £2.50 for bridge use. Business users would welcome this reduction as realistic. Nobody is looking for a free ride, Just a fair ride. On a bridge. Or two.[/p][/quote]My brain no work. £100,000 income per day. Doh! landyman3030
  • Score: 8

5:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

displayed says...

The government has no intention of abolishing tolls on its bridges an crossings both now an for the forceable future.
Its a "nice lil earner" for them, with regular income and not much maintenance!
The government has no intention of abolishing tolls on its bridges an crossings both now an for the forceable future. Its a "nice lil earner" for them, with regular income and not much maintenance! displayed
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

pwlldu says...

I hope NATO reps will also pay the toll.
I hope NATO reps will also pay the toll. pwlldu
  • Score: 1

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