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Question for Department for Transport

UIN 217866, tabled on 9 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the Exchequer is of removing all road tolls and making good any shortfall in funding from the public purse.

Answered on

16 December 2014

There are two tolls operated under concession with the Government – the Severn Crossing and the M6 Toll, with maximum concession lengths of 30 and 50 years respectively. There are a further four local authority tolled crossings, and a number of smaller privately owned tolled crossings. Note that the Dartford crossing has a user charge, not a toll, and similarly the new Mersey Gateway Bridge will also have a user charge.

I do not have information on local authority and privately owned tolls. For the two concessions, removing the tolls would involve changing or terminating those concessions. This would mean a negotiation with the toll operating companies, so costs have not been estimated.