Severn Crossings to be publicly owned from 8 January 2018

THE Severn Crossings will revert to public ownership on 8 January allowing tolls to be scrapped by the end of 2018, the UK government has confirmed.

Welsh Affairs Committee chairman David Davies received the news in a letter from Transport Minister Jesse Norman.

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The big issue of the day seems to be transgender rights. Equalities Minister Justine Greening has announced proposals to allow people to change their legal gender without any medical intervention. A consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act will begin in the autumn.

Campaign after forest riding route blocked

Local horse riders have joined together to re-open a popular forestry route.

The track through Craig yr Allt Forest, near the Goose and Cuckoo pub in Upper Llanover, has been used by riders for decades.

Severn tolls abolished by the end of 2018

Drivers will see an end to tolls on the Severn Crossings in 2018, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said today.

The announcement comes as families prepare to take to the roads for the great summer getaway.

Construction work starts on £350m super-hospital

Thirteen years since proposals were first mooted, the start of construction work on Gwent’s delayed £350m hospital has been welcomed by Monmouth MP David Davies.

Mr Davies said the super-hospital, to be built in his constituency at Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran, was “long overdue”.

David re-elected unopposed as Welsh Affairs chair

Monmouth MP David Davies has been re-elected unopposed as chairman of the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee.

The first Conservative ever to take the role in June 2010, Mr Davies was the only candidate nominated to stand again. Twenty cross-party MPs, including Labour, backed his bid.