Drivers will no longer have to pay a toll charge to cross the river Severn into Wales, using both the Prince of Wales and original Severn Crossing.
The toll was abolished this morning (Monday December 17) and is expected to save commuters around £1,400 per year.
Businesses are expected to benefit from strengthened links between communities, ranging from west Wales to the south west of England by making it easier for consumers and employees to cross the border.
The tolls’ removal will also provide an estimated annual boost of over £100m for the Welsh economy.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “The end of the tolls is a major milestone for the economies of south Wales and south west of England, and will remove historic barriers between communities. Scrapping the tolls means an end to generations of people paying to simply cross the border, and delivering this has been one of my key aims as Welsh Secretary.”
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling added: “We made a commitment in the manifesto to deliver free crossings over the Severn and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.
“This move will put £1,400 a year in the pockets of thousands of hard-working motorists and help transform the economy in the South West and South Wales creating new opportunities and helping drive future growth.”