The tolls on the Severn Bridge and Prince of Wales Bridge will be removed on Monday 17th December 2018.
Both the Prince of Wales Bridge and the Severn Bridge offer routes into the southern parts of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean from the M4 corridor, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. Taking the M4 and coming off at Newport gives dual carriageway routes to Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye from where both the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean can be visited. Alternatively taking the M48 and the Severn Bridge a direct route into the Wye Valley can be accessed via Tintern from just outside Chepstow, or the Forest of Dean accessed via the A48 through Chepstow.
Abolishing the tolls will help both holidaymakers and businesses in savings when crossing the bridges. The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean continue to offer a year-round vast playground region encompassing parts of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire with amazing heritage, attractions, great accommodation and award-winning food only 25 mins from Bristol.
The Dean Wye can be enjoyed in a series of day trips, revisiting favourite spots, or with so much to discover consider a longer stay. Freedom is being able to discover the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Work will need to be done to the bridges to remove the old toll booths, so drivers are being warned to expect road works and speed restrictions in December as the crossings prepare to go toll free. Work on both the M4 and M48 bridges will be finished in spring 2019.
Highways England, which runs the bridges, will start temporary works around the M4 toll plaza in Monmouthshire on the Prince of Wales Bridge from 9am on Friday, 14th December for three days to remove the booths in time for the charges being scrapped on the following Monday. On Monday 17th December the M48 Severn Bridge will be closed westbound for two days for those booths to be taken down.