Commuters can expect to save £1,400 each year.

The tolls of the Severn Bridge which links the south of Wales to England are being removed.

Work has already commenced to get rid of the toll booths, with the M4 Prince of Wales bridge between Monmouthshire and South Gloucestershire set to be closed westbound for the next three nights from 20:00 PM, until 06:00 on the following day.

M4 motorway sign in Wales showing charges for crossing the Second Severn Bridge

The tolls have been in place since the original bridge first opened in 1966 (the Prince of Wales bridge was added in 1966), but the £5.60 fee will be scrapped by Monday when the work to remove the toll booths will be completed.

While the news we be welcomed by motorists who will be saving on a hefty toll fee for each crossing, the work will leave 100 toll booth workers redundant.

Severn Bridge Bristol UK at sunrise

"I'll miss welcoming the world to Wales," collector Deborah Hitchins told the Family Days Tried and Tested blog. "Work isn't just a job... I love to welcome people into my beautiful homeland of Wales and I always reassure them that £5.60 is truly a bargain."

"If you're crossing the bridges, by all means, be happy that you won't have to pay for much longer," she said. "But also remember that there won't be anyone to welcome you to Wales any more."

Traffic on the M4 motorway on the Second Severn Crossing

"The tolling staff are a close-knit bunch of people. I will miss pulling on my hi-viz to play Frogger to cross the lanes to get into my allocated booth."

Following the project on the more modern Prince of Wales bridge, the toll booths will be taken down on the original Severn Bridge which carries the M48, closing it in the westbound direction until Wednesday.

Cars crossing the Severn Bridge at sunset

Once that job is complete, both bridges will have addition work carried out on them to restore them to a three-lane motorway with a 70 mph speed limit.

The axing of the tolls is actually expected to deliver a £100m boost to the Welsh economy, with more expected to make the crossing into Wales. Meanwhile commuters who regularly use the bridges can expect to benefit from a £1,400 boost each year. As many as 25 million crossings are made on the bridges annually.