Severn Bridge Toll Booth removal plans revealed
Written by Dan Williams on 22nd November 2018
Plans regarding the removal of the tolls situated on the two Severn bridges have been released.
Work to begin removing the tolls on the Second Severn Crossing (recently renamed the Prince of Wales bridge) will begin on December 14.
From December 17, entry to Wales via the crossing will be free for all.
Plans reveal that three lanes will be free-flowing by December 17 and drivers will be subject to a 50mph limit.
Works will be carried out on both crossings, Highways England says. The bridges currently carry around 25 million motorists a year.
What will happen, and when?
Friday, December 14
From 9am on December 14, three lanes will be closed on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge so work can start.
The M48 bridge will operate as usual.
At 8pm the Prince of Wales Bridge will be fully closed westbound and drivers will be diverted via the M48 bridge.
Saturday 15 and Sunday, December 16
Three lanes will be closed on the Prince of Wales Bridge from 6am to 8pm on Saturday and 6am to 7pmon Sunday.
Overnight the bridge will be fully closed westbound and drivers will be diverted via the M48 bridge.
Monday, December 17
On Monday, December 17, the Prince of Wales bridge will reopen with three free-flowing lanes. The lanes will be narrow and have a 50mph speed limit. The remaining tolls will be either side of these lanes.
Shortly after the Prince of Wales bridge reopens on December 17, the M48 bridge will be fully closed westbound, reopening on the morning of December 19 with two free flowing lanes which will have a 50mph speed limit.
When will work finish?
Further work will be carried out in 2019 to return both routes to a three lane motorway with the usual 70mph speed limit. There are no further details on this work at present.
The M4 Rogiet Tag office is also being removed, and Highways England say information for tag holders has been provided directly to account holders.
Severn bridges general manager Hannah Milliner said:
Work is needed to make sure that drivers can safely travel across the bridges without stopping to pay a toll, or waiting for a barrier to be raised. The weekend we have chosen avoids peak period traffic and also means that the work will be complete so that drivers can make journeys free of charge over the festive period.
This is a significant piece of work which is far more complex than simply removing toll booths. We want to make sure that journeys can be completed safely and free of charge by the end of the year and will then focus on the next stage of work.
We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience while we carry out this work and to ask them to plan ahead for any journeys they are considering.
Other changes taking place include the closure of the M4 Rogiet Tag office. Information for Tag holders has been provided directly to account holders.
Drivers can find more information about these changes from the Severn Bridges website at www.severnbridge.co.uk or @highwaysswest.