Severn Bridge credit card toll 'to arrive in 2010'


Britons using credit cards for daily spendDebit and credit card payments could soon be possible on the Severn Bridge toll, according to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Motorists travelling on the route have long been frustrated by the fact that they can only pay by cash or use an electronic device that is read by scanners at the toll booth.

However, the Welsh Assembly Government recently confirmed that credit card payment facilities could be in place by the end of 2010. "Credit and debit cards are likely to be used on the bridge in the latter part of this year. I think it's an excellent innovation," said deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones.

The main sticking point over rubber-stamping the plans is that a change of UK legislation is required, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Transport.

"We've initiated the amendment but it's not gone through the process yet," she said.

Tolls were originally charged in both directions on the Severn Bridge, but they now only apply on the journey from England to Wales.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19586972-ADNFCR

Published: 2 February 2010