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AVOIDING TOLL BRIDGE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE NOT RIFE

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Roads minister Robert Key has published a report that claims drivers trying to avoid the tolls of the Severn Bridge...
Roads minister Robert Key has published a report that claims drivers trying to avoid the tolls of the Severn Bridge in Gloucestershire are not a cause of significantly increased traffic in local areas.

The report investigates the charge that traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles, are using other routes to avoid paying tolls on the Severn Bridge.

The report claims that other factors such as congestion play a bigger part.

Mr Key said: 'On average some 2,700 more vehicles than might be expected, allowing for traffic growth, travel west through Gloucestershire each day, only 1,500 of these can be positively identified as avoiding bridge tolls.

'As this extra traffic is fairly evenly spread over the M50 and the 3 other main diversion routes and is also evenly spread over 24 hours, it amounts to no more than one extra vehicle every 7 or 8 minutes on each route.'

The transport department believe the problem of diversions onto other routes should be eased with the opening of the new Severn Crossing, which has been paid for by the tolls from the existing crossing.

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