Chip and pin comes to Severn toll

Motorists using the Severn Bridge toll will be able to pay with plastic under changes made later this year, transport minister Sadiq Khan has said.

The plight of cash-strapped drivers was captured by BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey when James Corden's character Smithy faced missing the birth of his son because he was 10p short of the £5.50 fee.

Mr Khan's decision to allow debit and credit card payments on the bridge will eradicate the daily scrabble for change for many commuters face.

Mr Khan was under increasing pressure to address the situation by Labour's Jessica Morden (Newport East), who campaigned vigorously to make sure the pleas of "long-suffering Severn Bridge users" did not go unheard.

Mr Khan told her: "As a direct consequence of your campaign and your lobbying and your giving me a hard time outside the Chamber as well as in it, work is under way to make the necessary changes to the secondary legislation to allow for card payments to be accepted on the Severn crossings."

Mr Khan said it is anticipated the changes will come into force in April, and necessary legislation will be made by the Department for Transport.

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