It has been revealed that Welsh Assembly Members would be in favour of abolishing the Severn Bridge tolls when they revert to public ownership, potentially in autumn 2017.
A total of 45 AMs agreed to scrap the tolls, which currently vary in price from £6.60 to £19.80, dependent on vehicle size. The vote, unfortunately, was merely a symbolic one, meaning no action will be taken.
It does, however, raise many interesting questions and, as a Welsh business with the interests of the nation’s economy at heart, we would certainly welcome the move.
Now, £6.60 may not seem like a lot of money to have pay to cross into Wales, but it is merely one more barrier that stands in the way of our economic growth. One more frustrating obstacle that could sway people from choosing to do business with a Welsh company.
It is, simply put, a tax on Welsh business.
Economy Minister, Ken Skates, is right to point out that the Severn Crossings “are a primary gateway to Wales” and, in a bid to welcome more companies to benefit from our rich pool of talent and world-class business infrastructure, surely we need to make that gateway as open as possible?
We understand that being part of Cardiff’s Central Square development allows our clients easy rail access to The Lion’s Den from across the UK. Some businesses, however, aren’t so lucky and, in that sense, we would welcome the move in order for other Welsh businesses to benefit.
After all, as a proud, Welsh advertising agency, one of our primary goals is to see Wales’ economy grow, something that can only be achieved if our nation is allowed to prosper across the board.
It is something that can only be achieved, if “Croeso i Gymru” doesn’t come with a price tag.