North Wiltshire MP James Gray spoke up in support of the decision to scrap the Severn tolls during Wales questions yesterday morning. Mr Gray highlighted that this would not only benefit Wales, but also companies based in counties such as Wiltshire who conduct business in Wales on a regular basis.
“The scrapping of the Severn tolls is a huge benefit to businesses across Wales. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is also of vast benefit to businesses in places such as Wiltshire, where HGV operators have been paying £20 a time to get across the Severn? All of sudden, they will be able to do business in Wales much more profitably.”
The Secretary of State responded that
“My hon. Friend has rightly recognised that scrapping the Severn tolls is a significant boost not only to the south Wales economy, but to the economy of the south-west of England. He welcomed it along with the South Wales chamber of commerce, Business West and many others. It seems that the only people who have not welcomed the scrapping of the Severn tolls are the Labour party and the Welsh Government.”
A decision such as this will not only promote more business in Wales, but may also encourage Welsh companies to do business across the border.