Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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Call for action on Severn Bridge tolls

I've called for action from the UK Government following last week's announcement that the Severn Bridge tolls will be rising again in 2017.

For many of my constituents on the Tories' minimum wage, the cost of travelling across the bridge is now almost equivalent to an hour's pay, and is actually above it for people under 21. That means they are effectively losing an hour's pay every day that they cross the bridge.

Meanwhile the UK Government has still not provided any clarity on its plans for the bridges' return to public ownership in 2018. All we do know is that the government have announced that the tolls will come down next year when the contract comes to an end, but there is still no sign of the public consultation that was promised.

BBC Wales reported the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-38182358

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