Cleddau Bridge toll scrapping deal ‘not there yet’

The BBC have reported a deal to scrap tolls for crossing a road bridge in Pembrokeshire has not yet been finalised, council bosses have said.

Cars are charged 75p each way to cross the A477 Cleddau Bridge which links Pembroke Dock with Burton Ferry.

It was announced in October the charge would end in April.

But cabinet member Paul Miller told councilors the latest Welsh Government offer did not satisfy concerns about maintenance costs.

The future of tolls on the Cleddau Bridge, which opened in 1975, has been up for discussion since plans emerged to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls, which took effect on Monday.

Charges on the Cleddau Bridge range from 35p for horses and motorbikes to £1.50 for vehicles weighing more than two tonnes and coaches with more than 15 seats.

Earlier in December, the Welsh Government said it had offered Pembrokeshire County Council £3m a year to cover maintenance costs and the loss of income from the tolls.

Mr Miller told members at a full council meeting on Thursday: “This is a negotiation and we’re very close to reaching an agreement with Welsh Government but we’re not there yet.”

He said the current offer did not “ensure the financial viability in terms of future maintenance”, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.