HC Deb 24 May 1994 vol 244 cc129-30W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his assessment of the number of lorries diverted from the Severn bridge in a westerly direction through Gwent roads since each of the last two increases in tolls on the Severn bridge.

Sir Wyn Roberts

There have been increases in the numbers of heavy goods vehicles entering Gwent from England over the last two years, but I cannot say that all are due to the effects of tolling. From the limited data available, it is estimated that the increases in daily flows are:

  • 200 on the A48 in Chepstow
  • 150 on the A40 in Monmouth
  • 320 on the A4136 at Monmouth

In March 1994 the Highways Agency commissioned traffic surveys to establish the true extent of the problem. The report of the survey is not expected until mid June.

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