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Severn Bridges Act 1992 (c. 3)

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Severn Bridges Act 1992

1992 CHAPTER 3

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Content
  1. Part I

    Construction of New Severn Bridge

    1. 1. Construction of new bridge and other works.

    2. 2. Acquisition and occupation of land.

    3. 3. Authorised works: supplementary.

  2. Part II

    Operation of Severn Bridges

    1. Introductory

      1. 4. Concession agreement.

    2. Tolls

      1. 5. Power of Secretary of State to levy tolls.

      2. 6. Exercise of power to levy tolls by concessionaire.

      3. 7. Early end of tolling by Secretary of State.

      4. 8. Vehicles subject to tolls.

      5. 9. Level of tolls.

      6. 10. Level of tolls: supplementary.

      7. 11. Two-way tolling.

      8. 12. Temporary suspension of tolls.

      9. 13. Pre-payment of tolls.

      10. 14. Payment regulations and offences.

    3. Management of bridges etc.

      1. 15. Exercise of relevant functions by concessionaire.

      2. 16. Delegation of relevant functions.

      3. 17. Grant to concessionaire of interests in land.

      4. 18. Avon County Council bridge staff.

      5. 19. Termination of concession agreement.

      6. 20. Termination: supplementary.

    4. Regulation of traffic etc.

      1. 21. Prevention of obstruction.

      2. 22. Special traffic restrictions.

      3. 23. Appointed persons.

      4. 24. Prevention of damage etc.

      5. 25. Use of cycleway or footway.

    5. Financial matters

      1. 26. Recovery of tolls and charges.

      2. 27. Accounts provided by concessionaire.

      3. 28. Accounts of Secretary of State.

  3. Part III

    Miscellaneous and General

    1. Interference with river Severn

      1. 29. Works affecting river Severn.

      2. 30. Dredging etc.

      3. 31. Protection of new bridge.

    2. Miscellaneous

      1. 32. Toll plaza areas and vehicle pounds.

      2. 33. Consent of National Rivers Authority etc.

      3. 34. Rates.

      4. 35. Planning permission.

    3. General

      1. 36. Offences by bodies corporate.

      2. 37. Orders and regulations.

      3. 38. Financial provisions.

      4. 39. Interpretation.

      5. 40. Repeals.

      6. 41. Short title.

      7. 42. Commencement.

  4. SCHEDULES:

    1. Schedule 1

      Scheduled works.

      1. Part I

        The scheduled works.

      2. Part II

        Supplementary.

    2. Schedule 2

      Acquisition and occupation of land.

      1. Part I

        Acquisition of land outside limits of deviation.

      2. Part II

        Acquisition: supplementary.

      3. Part III

        Temporary occupation of land.

      4. Part IV

        Correction of deposited plans.

    3. Schedule 3

      Authorised works: supplementary.

    4. Schedule 4

      Early end of tolling by Secretary of State.

    5. Schedule 5

      Repeals.

An Act to provide for the construction of a new bridge over the Severn Estuary between England and Wales and roads leading to the new bridge and associated works; to make provision for the levying of tolls in respect of use of the existing Severn bridge and the new bridge; to make other provision for and in connection with the operation of the bridges; and for connected purposes.

[13th February 1992]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:--



Part I Construction of New Severn Bridge

1 Construction of new bridge and other works

(1) The Secretary of State may construct the works specified in Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act ("the scheduled works"), being works for the construction of a new bridge over the Severn Estuary between England and Wales and roads leading to the new bridge and associated works.

(2) Subject to Part II of that Schedule (supplementary provisions relating to the scheduled works, including provisions permitting deviation from the deposited plans and the deposited sections), the scheduled works shall be constructed in the lines or situations shown on those plans and in accordance with the levels shown on those sections.

2 Acquisition and occupation of land

(1) The Secretary of State is authorised by this section to acquire compulsorily--

(a) so much of the land shown on the deposited plans within the limits of deviation for the scheduled works as may be required for or in connection with the works authorised by this Act,

(b) so much of the land specified in columns (1) and (2) in Part I of Schedule 2 to this Act, and shown on the deposited plans within the limits of land to be acquired, as may be required for the purpose specified in relation to the land in column (3) in that Part of that Schedule, and

(c) so much of the land in the Community of Rogiet in the Borough of Monmouth shown numbered 34, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57 and 59 on the deposited plans as may be required for the relocation of the rifle range in the Community of Caldicot in that Borough in consequence of the acquisition of the land numbered 2 and 2a on those plans.

(2) Nothing in this section authorises the Secretary of State to acquire compulsorily any of the land in the City of Bristol shown numbered 25, 41 or 42 on the deposited plans.

(3) Part I of the [1965 c. 56.] Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 (except section 4 and paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 3), in so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, shall apply to the acquisition of land under this section--

(a) as it applies to a compulsory purchase to which Schedule 1 to the [1981 c. 67.] Acquisition of Land Act 1981 applies, and

(b) as if this Act were a compulsory purchase order under that Act.

(4) A notice to treat under Part I of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 for the purpose of acquiring land under this section shall not be served after 31st December 1995.

(5) The [1845 c. 18.] Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 shall not apply to the acquisition of land under this section.

(6) Schedule 2 to this Act (supplementary provisions as to land acquisition, temporary occupation of land etc.) shall have effect.

3 Authorised works: supplementary

Schedule 3 to this Act (provision relating to highways in connection with the works authorised by this Act) shall have effect.



Part II Operation of Severn Bridges

Introductory

4 Concession agreement

(1) Where (either before or after the passing of this Act) the Secretary of State enters into an agreement with a person for the construction by that person of the new bridge (whether or not together with any other of the scheduled works), the agreement may also provide--

(a) for the power to levy tolls in respect of use of the bridges which is conferred on the Secretary of State by section 5 below to be exercisable by that person in accordance with section 6 below, and

(b) for all relevant functions, or so many of them as may be specified in the agreement, to be exercisable by that person in accordance with section 15 below.

(2) In this Act--

(a) "the concessionaire" means the person with whom the Secretary of State enters into an agreement making the provision mentioned in subsection (1) above, and

(b) "concession agreement" means an agreement making the provision mentioned in subsection (1) above (together with any agreement supplementing it).

(3) In this Act "relevant functions" means functions of the Secretary of State--

(a) with respect to the maintenance and improvement of, or other dealing with--

(i) the bridges or the highways carried by them, or

(ii) the toll plaza areas or the highways within them,

(b) with respect to any land which may be acquired by the Secretary of State in exercise of any of his powers under Part XII of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 in relation to any highway or other area within paragraph (a) above, and

(c) under sections 29 and 30 below,

other than the power to levy tolls.



Tolls

5 Power of Secretary of State to levy tolls

(1) Tolls may be levied by the Secretary of State in respect of vehicles using either of the bridges.

(2) Subject to section 11 below, tolls may only be levied in respect of vehicles travelling from east to west.

(3) The power to levy tolls shall commence--

(a) with the appointed day, as respects vehicles using the existing bridge, and

(b) with the day on which the new bridge is first open for public use, as respects vehicles using that bridge.

(4) The power to levy tolls shall terminate at the end of the period of 35 years beginning with the appointed day.

(5) The Secretary of State may appoint any person to collect tolls as his agent.

(6) A local authority may enter into an agreement with the Secretary of State (on such terms and subject to such conditions, as to payment or otherwise, as they consider appropriate) to perform such services and provide such facilities as may be specified in the agreement in connection with the collection of tolls; and a local authority may perform services and provide facilities in accordance with such an agreement.

(7) No agreement entered into under section 17(1) of the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 (agreement between Secretary of State and local authority for performance of services and provision of facilities in connection with tolling) shall have effect on or after the appointed day.

6 Exercise of power to levy tolls by concessionaire

(1) Where a concession agreement is subsisting on the appointed day, the power to levy tolls conferred on the Secretary of State by section 5 above shall be exercisable by the concessionaire (instead of by the Secretary of State) during the concession period.

(2) The power shall be exercised by the concessionaire in accordance with the concession agreement.

(3) In this Act "the concession period" means the period--

(a) beginning with the appointed day, and

(b) ending at the time specified in subsection (4) below.

(4) The time referred to in subsection (3)(b) above is the earliest of--

(a) the end of the period of 30 years beginning with the appointed day,

(b) any time determined under subsection (5) below as that at which the right of the concessionaire to exercise the power to levy tolls is to end, and

(c) any earlier time at which, in accordance with the concession agreement, that right is to end.

(5) Where it appears to the Secretary of State that the revenue requirement has been met on a day, the right of the concessionaire to exercise the power to levy tolls shall end at such time after that day as the Secretary of State may determine.

(6) The time determined under subsection (5) above shall not be later than the end of the period of 120 days beginning with the day mentioned in that subsection; but (subject to that) the determination under that subsection shall be made in accordance with the concession agreement.

(7) For the purposes of this section--

(a) the revenue requirement is met on a day if the aggregate amount of toll income received by the concessionaire on or before that day is equal to or greater than the amount which he is entitled to receive in accordance with the concession agreement, and

(b) "toll income" means tolls and sums received in lieu of tolls which, in accordance with the concession agreement, are to be treated for the purposes of this section in the same way as tolls.

(8) Subject to the concession agreement--

(a) in exercising the power to levy tolls in accordance with this section the concessionaire shall not be regarded for any purpose as acting as the agent of the Secretary of State, and

(b) in accordance with paragraph (a) above, tolls levied by the concessionaire shall be payable to him and be his property.

(9) The concessionaire may appoint any person to collect tolls as his agent.

(10) A local authority may enter into an agreement with the concessionaire (on such terms and subject to such conditions, as to payment or otherwise, as they consider appropriate) to perform such services and provide such facilities as may be specified in the agreement in connection with the collection of tolls; and a local authority may perform services and provide facilities in accordance with such an agreement.

7 Early end of tolling by Secretary of State

(1) Where it appears to the Secretary of State that the funding requirement is met on a day on which the power to levy tolls is being exercised by him, no tolls shall be levied by him after that day.

(2) For the purposes of this section the funding requirement is met on a day if the aggregate of the receipts mentioned in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to this Act before that day is equal to or greater than the amount required before that day for the purposes specified in paragraph 2 of that Schedule.

8 Vehicles subject to tolls

(1) Tolls may be levied in respect of the following descriptions of vehicles (and no others)--

(a) motor cars and motor caravans (category 1 vehicles),

(b) small goods vehicles and small buses (category 2 vehicles), and

(c) other goods vehicles and buses (category 3 vehicles);

and where a vehicle would otherwise fall within more than one category it shall be taken for the purposes of this Act to fall only within that with the lower or lowest number.

(2) In this section--

  • "motor car" has the meaning given by section 185 of the [1988 c. 52.] Road Traffic Act 1988,

  • "motor caravan" means a motor vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers and their effects which contains, as permanently installed equipment, the facilities which are reasonably necessary for enabling the vehicle to provide mobile living accommodation for its users,

  • "goods vehicle" means a motor vehicle constructed or adapted for use for the carriage or haulage of goods or burden of any description, and

  • "bus" means a motor vehicle constructed or adapted to carry more than eight passengers.

(3) For the purposes of this section--

(a) a small goods vehicle is a goods vehicle which has an operating weight for the purposes of section 138 of the [1984 c. 27.] Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 not exceeding 3,500 kilograms, and

(b) a small bus is a bus constructed or adapted to carry not more than sixteen passengers.

(4) The Secretary of State may by order make such amendments of subsections (2) and (3) above as he considers necessary or expedient.

(5) Tolls may not be levied in respect of--

(a) a vehicle being used in the discharge of the functions of a fire authority under the Fire Services Acts 1947 to 1959,

(b) a vehicle being used for police purposes,

(c) a vehicle exempt from duty under the [1971 c. 10.] Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 by virtue of section 7(4) of that Act (civil defence vehicles),

(d) a vehicle exempt from duty under the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 under--

(i) section 4(1)(c) of that Act (ambulances),

(ii) section 4(1)(kb) of that Act (vehicles other than ambulances used by recognised bodies for the carriage of disabled persons), or

(iii) section 7(2) of that Act (vehicles of certain persons in receipt of disability living allowance and certain other disabled persons),

(e) a vehicle being driven by a disabled person, or being used for the carriage of one or more disabled persons, which displays a current disabled person's badge issued under--

(i) section 21 of the [1970 c. 44.] Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, or

(ii) section 14 of the [1978 c. 53.] Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1978,

(f) a vehicle being used in connection with--

(i) the collection of tolls, or

(ii) the inspection, maintenance, improvement or renewal of, or other dealing with, either of the bridges or toll plaza areas or any of the highways carried by the bridges, within the toll plaza areas or connecting the new toll plaza area and the new bridge (or any structure, works or apparatus on, under or over any of those highways),

(g) a vehicle which, having broken down on either of the bridges while travelling in one direction, is travelling in the opposite direction otherwise than under its own power, or

(h) a vehicle of a description specified in an order made by the Secretary of State as a description of vehicle in respect of which tolls may not be levied.

9 Level of tolls

(1) Subject to section 11(3) below, the toll leviable in respect of a vehicle of a category shall be that fixed for the time being in respect of vehicles of that category by an order made by the Secretary of State under subsection (2) below.

(2) The Secretary of State shall--

(a) before the appointed day make an order to come into force on that day, and

(b) in each month of December beginning after that day make an order to come into force at the beginning of the year commencing immediately after the end of that month.

(3) Subject to the following provisions of this section and sections 10 and 11 below, the amount of the toll to be fixed by an order under subsection (2) above in respect of each of the categories of vehicles specified in section 8(1) above shall be--

(a) in the case of an order under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above, the amount specified in the table below with respect to the category for the year in which the appointed day falls, as adjusted in accordance with subsection (4) below, and

(b) in the case of an order under paragraph (b) of that subsection, the amount so specified for the year at the beginning of which the order is to come into force, as so adjusted.

Table
Category of vehicle1992199319941995 and each subsequent year
1Β£2.35Β£2.51Β£2.68Β£2.85
2Β£4.70Β£5.02Β£5.35Β£5.71
3Β£7.05Β£7.52Β£8.03Β£8.56

(4) The adjustment in the amounts specified in the table in subsection (3) above which is referred to in that subsection is an adjustment by the same percentage as the percentage difference between the retail prices index for March 1989 and the retail prices index for the month of September immediately preceding the making of the order.

(5) Where a change in any amount specified in the provisions of the concession agreement corresponding to the table in subsection (3) above is made in response to the occurrence of any of the particular circumstances in which the agreement authorises the making of such a change, the Secretary of State may by order provide for the same change to be made in that table.

(6) An amount which falls in accordance with subsections (3) to (5) above to be fixed by an order under subsection (2) above--

(a) if it is neither a multiple of ten pence nor an amount which on division by ten produces a remainder of five pence, shall be rounded to the nearest ten pence, and

(b) if it is an amount which on division by ten produces a remainder of five pence, shall be increased by five pence.

10 Level of tolls: supplementary

(1) Subject to subsection (2) below--

(a) an order under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 9 above may fix tolls at an amount less than that arrived at in accordance with that section, and

(b) where the amount of a toll which, in accordance with that section, falls to be fixed by an order under paragraph (b) of that subsection in respect of a category of vehicles exceeds that in force under the last order made under that subsection, the new order may fix an amount which does not implement the increase or implements it only in part.

(2) If it appears to the Secretary of State that at the time when an order under section 9(2) above is to come into force the power to levy tolls will be exercisable by the concessionaire, the order shall not fix tolls in accordance with subsection (1) above except with the concessionaire's consent.

(3) Subject to subsection (4) below, the references in section 9(4) above to the retail prices index are references to the general index of retail prices (for all items) published by the Central Statistical Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

(4) If that index is not published for any month those references are references to any other index, or substitute for an index, for that month which the Secretary of State may by order prescribe; and in determining which index or substitute to prescribe the Secretary of State shall have regard to any relevant provisions of the concession agreement.

11 Two-way tolling

(1) The Secretary of State may by order provide for tolls to be leviable in respect of vehicles travelling from west to east (as well as in respect of vehicles travelling from east to west).

(2) Where at the time of the making of an order under subsection (2) of section 9 above it appears to the Secretary of State that on its coming into force tolls will be leviable in respect of vehicles travelling from west to east (as well as vehicles travelling from east to west), the amount of the tolls to be fixed by the order shall be determined as if the amounts specified in the table in subsection (3) of that section were one-half of the amounts actually so specified.

(3) Where an order under subsection (1) above comes into force on a day which is neither the appointed day nor the first day of a year, the toll leviable in respect of a vehicle of a category on and after the day on which it comes into force until the end of the year in which that day falls shall be that fixed in respect of vehicles of that category by that order.

(4) The amounts of the tolls to be fixed by such an order--

(a) subject to paragraph (b) below, shall be determined as they would have been for the purposes of the order fixing the amounts of the tolls leviable immediately before it comes into force ("the current order") in accordance with subsection (2) above, and

(b) where it revokes an earlier order providing for the levying of tolls in respect of vehicles travelling from west to east (as well as in respect of vehicles travelling from east to west), shall be determined as they would have been determined for the purposes of the current order but for that subsection.

12 Temporary suspension of tolls

(1) Tolls may be suspended--

(a) by the concessionaire for any period during which the power of the Secretary of State to levy tolls is exercisable by him, and

(b) by the Secretary of State for any other period.

(2) A suspension under this section may relate--

(a) to all vehicles,

(b) only to vehicles using the existing bridge or only to vehicles using the new bridge, or

(c) (when there is in force an order under section 11(1) above providing for tolls to be leviable in respect of vehicles travelling from west to east as well as in respect of vehicles travelling from east to west) only to vehicles travelling in one direction.

13 Pre-payment of tolls

(1) The Secretary of State, or (if the power to levy tolls is exercisable by the concessionaire) the concessionaire, may enter into agreements under which persons make payments in advance, on such terms as may be agreed, with respect to tolls for use of the bridges by them, by other persons or by any vehicles.

(2) Agreements may relate to use on an agreed number of occasions or during an agreed period.

(3) Prepaid vouchers issued in accordance with an order under section 2(3) of the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 shall not be valid on or after the appointed day; but where--

(a) any such vouchers have not been used before that day, and

(b) the person to whom they were issued makes an application to the Secretary of State within such period beginning with the appointed day as the Secretary of State may direct,

the Secretary of State may make to him in respect of the unused vouchers a payment of such amount as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

14 Payment regulations and offences

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations--

(a) designate places within the toll plaza areas at which tolls (other than tolls with respect to which a pre-payment has been made) are to be paid,

(b) make provision as to the persons by whom, and the manner in which, such tolls are to be paid,

(c) make provision for securing that vehicles in respect of which tolls are leviable do not use either of the bridges without payment of the tolls, and

(d) make provision for preventing a vehicle which, having used one of the bridges, has arrived at the place at which a toll is payable in respect of it from proceeding beyond that place without the toll having been paid.

(2) Regulations made under this section shall provide for a notice, specifying--

(a) the categories of vehicles in respect of which tolls are leviable,

(b) the amount of the tolls in respect of each category, and

(c) other provisions in accordance with which tolls are leviable,

to be displayed at each place designated in accordance with subsection (1)(a) above.

(3) Regulations under this section may include provisions modifying the general provisions of the regulations in the case of vehicles in relation to which a pre-payment of tolls has been made.

(4) A person who without reasonable excuse--

(a) refuses or fails to pay a toll for which he is liable, or

(b) attempts to evade payment of such a toll,

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(5) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of regulations under this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.



Management of bridges etc.

15 Exercise of relevant functions by concessionaire

(1) Where a concession agreement is subsisting on the appointed day, all relevant functions, or so many of them as are specified in the concession agreement, shall be exercisable by the concessionaire (instead of by the Secretary of State) during the concession period.

(2) The functions concerned shall be exercised by the concessionaire in accordance with the concession agreement.

(3) In exercising a function in accordance with this section the concessionaire shall not be regarded for any purpose as acting as the agent of the Secretary of State.

(4) The concessionaire may enter into and carry into effect agreements with any person for any purpose connected with the exercise of any relevant function.

(5) Nothing in this section or in the concession agreement shall prevent the Secretary of State from exercising a relevant function if he considers that it is in the public interest for him to do so.

(6) Where a concession agreement is subsisting on the appointed day, no agreement made before that day under section 6 of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 (agreement between Secretary of State and council for delegation of functions to council) shall have effect on or after that day in so far as it relates to--

(a) the existing bridge or the highway carried by it, or

(b) the existing toll plaza area or the highway within it.

16 Delegation of relevant functions

(1) The Secretary of State may by an agreement under this section delegate any relevant function which is not for the time being exercisable by the concessionaire to any person (other than a council to which it may be delegated under section 6(1) of the Highways Act 1980).

(2) Functions delegated by an agreement under this section shall be exercised in accordance with such conditions as the Secretary of State may attach to the delegation; and the delegation shall end in accordance with the agreement.

(3) In exercising a function delegated by an agreement under this section the person to whom it is delegated shall act as agent for the Secretary of State.

(4) A person to whom a relevant function is delegated by an agreement under this section may enter into and carry into effect agreements with any person for any purpose connected with the exercise of the function.

(5) Nothing in this section or in an agreement made under it shall prevent the Secretary of State from exercising a relevant function if he considers that it is in the public interest for him to do so.

(6) Where a function may be delegated by an agreement under this section to a person other than a council to which subsection (1) of section 6 of the Highways Act 1980 applies, the function may also be delegated to such a council in accordance with that subsection (if it could not be apart from this subsection).

17 Grant to concessionaire of interests in land

(1) The Secretary of State may grant to the concessionaire a lease or other interest in or right over any land if it appears to the Secretary of State expedient to do so for the purpose of or in connection with the exercise by the concessionaire of the functions conferred or imposed on him under the concession agreement or under or by virtue of this Act.

(2) No enactment or rule of law regulating the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants shall prejudice the operation of an agreement between the Secretary of State and the concessionaire as to the terms on which land which is the subject of a lease granted in pursuance of this section is to be provided for his use.

(3) Accordingly, no such enactment or rule of law shall apply in relation to the rights and obligations of the parties to a lease granted in pursuance of this section--

(a) so as to exclude or in any respect modify any of the rights and obligations of those parties under the terms of the lease, whether with respect to the termination of the tenancy or any other matter,

(b) so as to confer or impose on either party a right or obligation arising out of or connected with anything done or omitted on or in relation to land which is the subject of the lease, in addition to such a right or obligation provided for by the terms of the lease, or

(c) so as to restrict the enforcement (whether by action for damages or otherwise) by either party to the lease of an obligation of the other party under the lease.

18 Avon County Council bridge staff

(1) Where a concession agreement is subsisting on the appointed day, there shall be treated as made by Avon County Council to the concessionaire on that day a transfer of an undertaking, to which the [S.I. 1981/1794.] Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 shall apply, in which all the persons specified in subsection (2) below are employed.

(2) The persons referred to in subsection (1) above are persons who--

(a) immediately before the appointed day are employed by Avon County Council in connection with the collection of tolls under the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 or the maintenance or improvement of, or other dealing with--

(i) the existing bridge or the highway carried by it, or

(ii) the existing toll plaza area or the highway within it, and

(b) are designated, or of a description of persons designated, by an order made by the Secretary of State.

(3) Where by reason of the application to a person of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 by virtue of subsection (1) above the person ceases to be employed by Avon County Council he shall not be treated for any purpose as having been made redundant.

(4) Subsection (5) below has effect in relation to a pension to which paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 to the [1971 c. 56.] Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 (local government pensions) applies if the latest services in respect of which it is payable are services rendered at any time before the appointed day in connection with--

(a) the collection of tolls under the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965, or

(b) the maintenance or improvement of, or other dealing with--

(i) the existing bridge or the highway carried by it, or

(ii) the existing toll plaza area or the highway within it.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) of that paragraph (funding of pension increases after transfer of functions), nothing occurring immediately before, on or at any time after the appointed day by reason of the operation of any provision of this Act or of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 shall be taken to amount to a transfer from Avon County Council to another authority of the function in connection with which the latest services were rendered.

19 Termination of concession agreement

(1) Where the concession agreement terminates, there shall be transferred to the Secretary of State under this subsection all property, rights and liabilities of the concessionaire which, in accordance with the concession agreement, fall to be so transferred in the circumstances (not including any rights or liabilities relating to any person's employment).

(2) There shall also be treated as made by the concessionaire to the Secretary of State on the termination a transfer of an undertaking, to which the [S.I. 1981/1794.] Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 shall apply, in which all the persons specified in subsection (3) below are employed.

(3) The persons referred to in subsection (2) above are persons--

(a) who immediately before the termination are employed by the concessionaire in connection with the collection of tolls or the exercise of relevant functions, and

(b) whose only or main place of work in that employment immediately before the termination is at the bridges or toll plaza areas.

(4) All rights and liabilities of the concessionaire under any agreement or arrangement for the payment of pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of--

(a) persons to whom subsection (2) above applies, or

(b) persons specified in subsection (5) below,

shall be transferred to the Secretary of State under this subsection on the termination.

(5) The persons referred to in subsection (4)(b) above are persons--

(a) who have ceased to be employed by the concessionaire before the termination but immediately before so ceasing were employed by him in connection with the collection of tolls or the exercise of relevant functions, and

(b) whose only or main place of work in that employment was at the bridges or toll plaza areas.

(6) All property, rights and liabilities transferred under or by virtue of this section shall vest in the Secretary of State.

20 Termination: supplementary

(1) Property vested in the Secretary of State under section 19 above shall vest free from any security to which it was subject immediately before the termination.

(2) Where before the termination possession of such property has been taken by a person in pursuance of legal process or distress, the Secretary of State may recover that property from any person in possession of it without being required, as a condition of doing so, to meet a liability in respect of which that process or distress was issued or levied.

(3) Subsection (1) above shall not affect a liability secured by a security from which such property is released by virtue of that subsection; and subsection (2) above shall not affect a liability in respect of which the process or distress was issued or levied.

(4) Where a liability which, if it had subsisted immediately before the termination, would have fallen to be transferred to the Secretary of State under or by virtue of section 19 above has been discharged before termination, nothing in the [1986 c. 45.] Insolvency Act 1986 shall--

(a) affect the validity of anything done by the concessionaire or by any other person in discharging that liability,

(b) authorise a court to make an order affecting the property of, or imposing an obligation on, any person in consequence of or in connection with the receipt by that person or by any other person of a payment made, property transferred or other benefit provided by the concessionaire or by any other person in discharging that liability, or

(c) be treated as giving rise to a trust affecting money or property so transferred.

(5) Subject to subsection (1) above, property vested in the Secretary of State under section 19 above shall be held by him subject to all covenants, conditions and restrictions subject to which the property was held by the concessionaire.

(6) A dispute between the Secretary of State and the concessionaire as to the property, rights or liabilities transferred under or by virtue of section 19 above shall be determined in accordance with the concession agreement.

(7) A dispute between the Secretary of State and any person other than the concessionaire as to any such matter shall be determined by arbitration; and the arbitration shall be conducted by a single arbitrator agreed between the parties or, in default of agreement, appointed on the application of either party (after notice in writing to the other) by the President of the Law Society.

(8) Subject to the concession agreement and to subsection (1) above, all agreements and other transactions entered into or effected by the concessionaire and subsisting immediately before the termination, in so far as they relate to property, rights or liabilities transferred to the Secretary of State under or by virtue of section 19 above, shall have effect with the substitution of the Secretary of State for the concessionaire.

(9) Accordingly--

(a) such an agreement or transaction may be enforced by or against the Secretary of State, and

(b) references to the concessionaire in an agreement (whether or not in writing) and in a deed, bond, instrument or other document, so far as relating to property, rights or liabilities so transferred, shall be taken after the termination as referring to the Secretary of State.

(10) Subject to the concession agreement, all legal and other proceedings begun before the termination and relating to property, rights or liabilities transferred to the Secretary of State under or by virtue of section 19 above, other than proceedings for enforcing a security from which such property is released by virtue of subsection (1) above, may be carried on with the substitution of the Secretary of State for the concessionaire; and such proceedings may be amended in such manner as may be necessary for that purpose.

(11) In this section "security" means a mortgage, charge, lien or other security.



Regulation of traffic etc.

21 Prevention of obstruction

(1) For the purpose of preventing obstruction of the roads carried by the bridges and the roads within the toll plaza areas, the Secretary of State may by regulations--

(a) prohibit vehicles from stopping or remaining at rest in prescribed places on those roads, except in prescribed circumstances,

(b) require any person in charge of a vehicle which is at rest by reason of breakdown in a prescribed place on any of those roads to take prescribed steps for reporting that fact and the position and circumstances in which the vehicle is at rest,

(c) prohibit any person, other than a constable or an appointed person--

(i) from carrying out, or attempting to carry out, a repair, adjustment or refuelling of such a vehicle except with permission expressly given by a constable or an appointed person, and

(ii) from moving, or attempting to move, such a vehicle from the position in which it is at rest,

(d) prohibit appointed persons from carrying out, or attempting to carry out, a repair, adjustment or refuelling of such a vehicle except in prescribed circumstances,

(e) empower a constable or an appointed person to remove from its position to a prescribed area a vehicle which is for the time being at rest in a prescribed place on any of the roads to which the regulations relate--

(i) in contravention of the regulations,

(ii) by reason of breakdown,

(iii) without any person being in charge of it, or

(iv) with the person in charge of it not being present in or on it,

(f) in the case of a vehicle which is so removed or which at the request of the person in charge of it is repaired, adjusted or refuelled (instead of being removed) by an appointed person, require the prescribed person to pay a charge of an amount to be determined in accordance with such scales and other provisions as may be prescribed--

(i) where the power to levy tolls is for the time being exercisable by the concessionaire, to him, and

(ii) otherwise, to the Secretary of State, and

(g) prohibit a person from obstructing any action taken by a constable or an appointed person for the purpose of removing a vehicle in accordance with the regulations.

(2) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of regulations under this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3) Subject to subsection (4) below, this section and regulations under it shall have effect in relation to--

(a) vehicles belonging to, or used for the purposes of, a Minister of the Crown or government department, and

(b) things done, or omitted to be done, in connection with such vehicles by persons in the public service of the Crown,

as they have effect in relation to other vehicles and persons.

(4) Regulations under this section may provide that, in their application in relation to--

(a) vehicles belonging to the Crown and used for naval, military or air force purposes, or

(b) vehicles used for the purposes of such a body, contingent or detachment of the forces of any country as is a visiting force for the purposes of any of the provisions of the [1952 c. 67.] Visiting Forces Act 1952, or used for the purposes of any headquarters or organisation designated by an Order in Council under section 1 of the [1964 c. 5.] International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964,

the regulations shall have effect subject to such modifications as may be prescribed.

(5) In this section--

  • "breakdown", in relation to a vehicle, includes mechanical defect, lack of fuel, oil or water required for the vehicle, and any other circumstances in which a person in charge of the vehicle could not immediately, safely and without damage to the vehicle or its accessories, drive it under its own power away from the roads to which regulations under this section relate, and

  • "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations under this section.

(6) No arrangements made under section 12(1) of the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 (arrangements between Secretary of State and another person for operation of vehicle removal service) shall have effect on or after the appointed day.

22 Special traffic restrictions

(1) In relation to the roads carried by the bridges and the roads within the toll plaza areas, the power conferred by subsection (2) of section 14 of the [1984 c. 27.] Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (temporary prohibition or restriction of traffic on roads) shall be exercisable by a constable or an appointed person (as well as by the Secretary of State as traffic authority).

(2) Where that power is exercised by virtue of subsection (1) above, it may be exercised either by notice or by such other means as the constable or appointed person considers appropriate for communicating the prohibition or restriction to persons affected by it; and subsections (4) and (7) of that section shall apply in relation to a communication made by such other means as they apply in relation to a notice under subsection (2) of that section.

(3) In relation to the roads carried by the bridges and the roads within the toll plaza areas, the power conferred by section 17 of the [1984 c. 27.] Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (traffic regulation on special roads) shall include power, by regulations made under that section, to prohibit, or to empower appointed persons to prohibit, the use of the roads by--

(a) a particular vehicle, or

(b) vehicles of a particular description,

either generally, in particular circumstances or unless particular requirements imposed by or under the regulations are complied with.

23 Appointed persons

(1) In this Act "appointed person" means--

(a) where the power to levy tolls is for the time being exercisable by the concessionaire, a person appointed by him, and

(b) otherwise, a person appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2) Appointments under subsection (1)(a) above shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.

(3) An appointed person may not act as such unless wearing a uniform of a description approved by the Secretary of State.

(4) A local authority may enter into an agreement with the concessionaire or the Secretary of State (on such terms and subject to such conditions, as to payment or otherwise, as they consider appropriate) in pursuance of which employees of the authority are to be appointed persons; and a local authority may provide employees (and associated services and facilities) in accordance with such an agreement.

24 Prevention of damage etc

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations impose such prohibitions and restrictions as he may consider necessary for preventing--

(a) injury to persons on the roads carried by the bridges or the roads within the toll plaza areas,

(b) damage to, and other interference with, the bridges and toll plazas, those roads and structures, works and apparatus on, under or over those roads or used in connection with the regulation of traffic on those roads or with the collection of tolls,

(c) removal, defacing or obscuring of notices and signs placed on or near the bridges or toll plazas or those roads, or on such structures, works or apparatus, in connection with the regulation of traffic on those roads or with the collection of tolls.

(2) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of regulations under this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

25 Use of cycleway or footway

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision authorising and regulating the use of the cycleway or footway by vehicles which are exempt from tolls under section 8(5)(f) above and by other vehicles in the case of an accident or emergency.

(2) In subsection (1) above--

  • "the cycleway" means the part of the road carried by the existing bridge which is provided for the use of traffic of Classes VII, X and XI (as specified in Schedule 4 to the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980), and

  • "the footway" means the part of that road which is provided for the use of pedestrians and other traffic of Class IX (as specified in that Schedule).



Financial matters

26 Recovery of tolls and charges

Where tolls or charges payable under or by virtue of this Part of this Act remain unpaid after they have become due for payment, the person to whom they are payable may recover from the person liable to pay them the amount of the tolls or charges together with a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses.

27 Accounts provided by concessionaire

The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament copies of accounts and reports on accounts which are provided to him by the concessionaire in pursuance of the concession agreement.

28 Accounts of Secretary of State

(1) The Secretary of State shall prepare a statement of accounts in respect of--

(a) the period beginning immediately after the period covered by the last statement of accounts prepared under section 21 of the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 and ending immediately before the appointed day, and

(b) each financial year falling within the period beginning with the appointed day and ending with the last day on which tolls may be levied (or, where part only of a financial year falls within that period, the part which so falls).

(2) A statement of accounts prepared under this section--

(a) shall be in such form and contain such particulars, compiled in such manner, as the Treasury may from time to time direct, and

(b) shall be sent by the Secretary of State to the Comptroller and Auditor General.

(3) A statement of accounts prepared under subsection (1)(b) above shall be sent to the Comptroller and Auditor General not later than the end of the month of November following the end of the financial year to which it relates.

(4) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall examine and certify a statement sent to him under this section and shall lay copies of it, together with his report on it, before Parliament.



Part III Miscellaneous and General

Interference with river Severn

29 Works affecting river Severn

(1) For the purpose of, or in connection with, the construction, maintenance or improvement of the new bridge, the Secretary of State may--

(a) temporarily interfere with the river Severn and, at any point in the river within the limits of land to be acquired, construct and maintain such temporary structures, and do such works, as he may consider necessary or expedient,

(b) temporarily moor or anchor barges or other vessels or craft in the river, or

(c) temporarily close the river, or a part of it, to navigation.

(2) The power conferred by subsection (1) above shall not be exercised in relation to any part of the river which is--

(a) outside the limits within which the Gloucester Harbour Trustees have authority at the passing of this Act, or

(b) upstream of the relevant inward limit.

(3) The Gloucester Harbour Trustees shall be consulted before the power conferred by subsection (1) above is exercised.

(4) The power conferred by subsection (1)(c) above shall be exercised in a way which secures--

(a) that no more of the river is closed to navigation at any time than is at that time necessary in the circumstances, and

(b) that, if complete closure of the river to navigation becomes necessary, all reasonable steps are taken to secure that the minimum obstruction, delay or interference is caused to vessels or craft which may be using or intending to use the river.

(5) No liability in respect of any loss suffered, or costs or expenses sustained, as a direct or indirect result of the exercise of the power conferred by subsection (1) above shall be incurred by the person by whom the power is exercised.

30 Dredging etc

(1) For the purpose of the construction, maintenance or improvement of the new bridge, the Secretary of State may deepen, widen, dredge, scour, cleanse, alter or improve the bed of the river Severn or blast any rock in it.

(2) The power conferred by subsection (1) above shall not be exercised in relation to any part of the river which is--

(a) outside the limits within which the Gloucester Harbour Trustees have authority at the passing of this Act, or

(b) upstream of the relevant inward limit.

(3) The Secretary of State shall not exercise the power conferred by subsection (1) above--

(a) within the area bounded by planes passing vertically along the length of lines drawn forty metres laterally distant from the longitudinal centre line of the Severn Tunnel, or

(b) by blasting within the area bounded by planes passing vertically along the length of lines drawn one hundred metres laterally distant from that centre line,

without the consent of the British Railways Board; and where the Secretary of State requests the consent of the Board for the purposes of this subsection it shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

(4) The Secretary of State may use, appropriate or sell or otherwise dispose of anything removed in exercise of the power conferred by subsection (1) above.

31 Protection of new bridge

(1) The Secretary of State may make regulations for the purpose of protecting the new bridge (both during construction and once it is completed) from damage which may be caused to it by vessels or craft using the river Severn.

(2) Regulations under this section shall not be made so as to apply to the use of any part of the river which is--

(a) outside the limits within which the Gloucester Harbour Trustees have authority at the passing of this Act, or

(b) upstream of the relevant inward limit.

(3) Before making regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall consult the Gloucester Harbour Trustees.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of the power conferred by subsection (1) above, regulations under this section may--

(a) prohibit vessels or craft of descriptions prescribed by the regulations from passing under the new bridge,

(b) prohibit vessels or craft of other descriptions so prescribed from passing under the new bridge without the consent of the Secretary of State, and

(c) provide for the granting of such consent subject to conditions which appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate.

(5) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of regulations under this section, or a condition imposed under such a provision, shall be guilty of an offence and liable--

(a) on conviction on indictment, to a fine, or

(b) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.



Miscellaneous

32 Toll plaza areas and vehicle pounds

(1) The Secretary of State may--

(a) maintain, improve and extend the toll plaza areas by carrying out such works as may be expedient for the purpose of or in connection with the collection of tolls, and

(b) provide, maintain and improve areas for accommodating vehicles removed in accordance with regulations under section 21(1)(e) above.

(2) Any work done or to be done in pursuance of the power conferred by subsection (1) above--

(a) if it is done or to be done by virtue of paragraph (a), shall be treated as an improvement of a special road under Part V of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980, and

(b) if it is done or to be done by virtue of paragraph (b), shall be treated as the provision, maintenance or improvement of a service station for use in connection with a special road;

and section 239(3) and (4)(c) of that Act (power to acquire land) shall apply accordingly.

33 Consent of National Rivers Authority etc

(1) The Secretary of State shall not use or interfere with any watercourse (including the banks of a watercourse), or any drainage or other works, vested in or under the control of the National Rivers Authority or any other drainage body within the meaning of the [1991 c. 59.] Land Drainage Act 1991 in the exercise of any of the powers conferred by this Act without the consent of the National Rivers Authority or that body.

(2) A consent required for the purposes of subsection (1) above shall not be unreasonably withheld; and if any question arises whether the withholding of consent is unreasonable either party may require it to be referred to an arbitrator to be appointed, in default of agreement, by the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

34 Rates

The bridges and the premises situated within the toll plaza areas shall be exempt from non-domestic rating.

35 Planning permission

The carrying out on any land of works required or permitted to be carried out by the concession agreement shall not be taken for the purposes of the [1990 c. 8.] Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to involve development of the land.



General

36 Offences by bodies corporate

(1) Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Act and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to neglect on the part of, a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or a person who was purporting to act in such a capacity, he (as well as the body corporate) shall be guilty of that offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2) Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (1) above shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

37 Orders and regulations

(1) Any power conferred by this Act to make an order or regulations shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2) A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (5) of section 9 above which substitutes a higher amount for an amount which would otherwise be specified in the table in subsection (3) of that section shall not be made unless a draft of it has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

(3) A statutory instrument containing--

(a) an order under section 8(4) or (5)(h), 10(4), 11(1) or 18(2)(b) above,

(b) an order under section 9(5) above to which subsection (2) above does not apply, or

(c) regulations under section 14, 21, 24, 25 or 31 above,

shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(4) If it appears to the Secretary of State that at the time when an order under section 8(4) or (5)(h) or 11(1) above is to come into force the power to levy tolls will be exercisable by the concessionaire, the order shall not be made except with the concessionaire's consent.

(5) Regulations under this Act may make different provision for different cases or classes of case to which they apply.

38 Financial provisions

(1) There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament--

(a) expenditure of the Secretary of State under this Act, and

(b) increases attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other enactment.

(2) Sums received by the Secretary of State under or by virtue of this Act shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

39 Interpretation

(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires--

  • "the appointed day" means such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint,

  • "appointed person" has the meaning given by section 23(1),

  • "the bridges" means the existing bridge and the new bridge,

  • "bridleway" has the same meaning as in the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980,

  • "concession agreement" has the meaning given by section 4(2)(b),

  • "the concessionaire" has the meaning given by section 4(2)(a),

  • "the concession period" has the meaning given by section 6,

  • "cycle track" has the same meaning as in the Highways Act 1980,

  • "the deposited plans" and "the deposited sections" mean respectively the plans and sections deposited in November 1990 in connection with the Severn Bridges Bill in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons,

  • "exercise" includes performance and related expressions shall be construed accordingly,

  • "the existing bridge" means the bridges and viaduct shown as the existing bridge on the explanatory map,

  • "the existing toll plaza area" means the area shown as such on the explanatory map (including extensions to it),

  • "the explanatory map" means the map marked "Existing bridge and toll plaza area" deposited in November 1990 in connection with the Severn Bridges Bill in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons,

  • "footpath" has the same meaning as in the Highways Act 1980,

  • "functions" includes powers, duties and obligations,

  • "highway" has the same meaning it has for the purposes of the Highways Act 1980,

  • "the limits of deviation" mean the limits of deviation which are shown on the deposited plans,

  • "the limits of land for temporary occupation" means the limits of land of which temporary possession may be taken which are so shown,

  • "the limits of land to be acquired" means the limits of land to be acquired which are so shown,

  • "local authority" means a district council or a county council,

  • "maintenance" includes repair and related expressions shall be construed accordingly,

  • "modifications" includes omissions, additions and alterations and related expressions shall be construed accordingly,

  • "the new bridge" means the bridge mentioned in section 1(1) (Work No. 3),

  • "the new toll plaza area" means so much of Work No. 2 as lies within the area marked as such on the deposited plans (including extensions to it),

  • "owner" has the same meaning as in the [1981 c. 67.] Acquisition of Land Act 1981,

  • "relevant functions" has the meaning given by section 4(3),

  • "the relevant inward limit" means an imaginary straight line drawn from east to west through the Inward Rocks on the western bank of the river Severn at Ordnance Survey National Grid reference ST 56895 95270,

  • "retail prices index" shall be construed in accordance with section 10(3) and (4),

  • "the scheduled works" shall be construed in accordance with section 1(1),

  • "special road" has the same meaning as in the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980,

  • "toll" means a toll leviable under this Act,

  • "the toll plaza areas" means the existing toll plaza area and the new toll plaza area, and

  • "trunk road" has the same meaning as in the Highways Act 1980.

(2) In this Act--

(a) a reference to a highway or any other place identified by letters and numbers or a real name is a reference to the highway or place shown as such on the deposited plans,

(b) a reference to a work identified by a number (or a number and a letter) is a reference to the scheduled work of that number (or number and letter),

(c) references to specified distances shall be construed as if the words "or thereabouts" were inserted after each such distance, and

(d) distances between points on a highway shall be measured along the centre line of the highway.

40 Repeals

The enactments specified in Schedule 5 to this Act are repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

41 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Severn Bridges Act 1992.

42 Commencement

(1) Sections 16, 22(1) and (2), 34 and 40 above shall not come into force until the appointed day.

(2) No regulations made under section 21, 24 or 25 above, or by virtue of section 22(3) above, shall come into force before the appointed day.

(3) Regulations made under section 5, 7, 9 or 18(3), or by virtue of section 8(3), of the [1965 c. 24.] Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965 and in force immediately before the appointed day shall (unless revoked) have effect on and after that day, with any necessary modifications, as if made (respectively) under section 14, 21(1), 24 or 21(4), or by virtue of section 22(3), of this Act.

SCHEDULES

Section 1.

SCHEDULE 1 Scheduled Works



Part I The Scheduled Works

In the Borough of Monmouth (Community of Magor with Undy) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 1 – A widening (1,400 metres in length) of the M4 commencing at a point 40 metres east of the edge of the eastern overbridge of Magor Interchange and terminating at a point 300 metres east of the edge of Undy/Knollbury overbridge.

  • Work No. 1A – Realignment (320 metres in length) of the eastbound on slip road of Magor Interchange commencing at a point 65 metres north-east of the edge of the eastern overbridge of the Interchange and terminating at a point 110 metres west of St. Bride's Brook culvert.

  • Work No. 1B – Realignment (340 metres in length) of the westbound off slip road of Magor Interchange commencing at a point 65 metres south-east of the edge of the eastern overbridge of the Interchange and terminating at a point 100 metres west of St. Bride's Brook culvert.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Magor with Undy, Rogiet and Caldicot) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 2 – A new road comprising dual carriageways (6,010 metres in length) commencing at the termination of Work No. 1 and terminating at a point 230 metres east of the point at which Nedern Brook passes through the Severn Estuary sea defences, including a new bridge over the westbound slip road onto the M4 (Work No. 2B), a bridge over the B4245 Caldicot Road, a bridge over the railway tracks of the British Railways Board, the provision of a toll plaza, the realignment of the sea defences and maintenance accesses.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Magor with Undy and Rogiet) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 2A – A diversion (620 metres in length) of the M4 eastbound carriageway commencing at a point 15 metres east of Rockfield underbridge and terminating at a point 280 metres west of Bencroft Lane underbridge.

  • Work No. 2B – A diversion (1,355 metres in length) of the M4 westbound carriageway commencing at a point 190 metres west of Rockfield underbridge and terminating at a point 230 metres east of Bencroft Lane underbridge, including a bridge carrying that diversion over Bencroft Lane.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Caldicot and Portskewett) in the County of Gwent and in the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 3 – A fixed bridge with approach viaducts carrying a new road (5,190 metres in length) comprising dual carriageways, commencing at the termination of Work No. 2 and terminating at a point 60 metres east of the Binn Wall and 140 metres north of the Severn Tunnel Air Shaft, including supporting piers and protection for shipping in the Severn Estuary and reconstruction of the sea defences.

In the District of Northavon (Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and Olveston) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 4 – A new road comprising dual carriageways (6,690 metres in length) commencing at the termination of Work No. 3 and terminating at a point on the M4, 160 metres south-east of Moor Lane, including bridges carrying the road over the interchange (Work No. 4A) and the Pill, an extension of the Tockington Mill Rhine culvert and Moor Lane underbridge and emergency accesses.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 4A – An interchange (1,030 metres in length) commencing at a point 140 metres west of the termination of Work No. 3 and terminating at a point 80 metres west of Redwick Road comprising a roundabout and slip roads connecting with Works Nos. 4 and 5.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Olveston) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 4B – Realignment (300 metres in length) of the M4 eastbound carriageway, commencing at a point 210 metres north-west of Hardy Lane overbridge and terminating at a point 80 metres south-east of that overbridge, including emergency access.

  • Work No. 4C – A diversion (1,300 metres in length) of the M4 westbound carriageway commencing at a point 85 metres north-west of Catherine Hill overbridge and terminating at a point 15 metres north-west of Moor Lane underbridge, including emergency access and a bridge carrying that diversion over Work No. 4.

In the District of Northavon (Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and Almondsbury) and City of Bristol in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 5 – A new road comprising dual carriageways (8,020 metres in length) commencing by a junction with Work No. 4A at a point 500 metres east of the commencement of that work and terminating at a point 450 metres south-west of Lawrence Weston Road, including a bridge under the railway track of the British Railways Board at Hallen.

In the City of Bristol in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 6 – A new link road (1,930 metres in length) commencing at the termination of Work No. 5 and terminating on the M5 at a point 450 metres south-west of the M5 spur overbridge, including bridges carrying the road over the M5, the diversion of the northbound on slip road (Work No. 6E) and an access track.

  • Work No. 6A – A new slip road (430 metres in length) commencing by a junction with Work No. 6 at a point 950 metres from the commencement of that work and terminating on the M5 Spur at a point 110 metres east of the M5 spur overbridge.

  • Work No. 6B – A new link road (870 metres in length) commencing at the termination of Work No. 5 and terminating on the M5 at a point 340 metres north-east of the M5 spur overbridge, including bridges carrying the road over the diversion of the northbound on slip road (Work No. 6E) and an access track.

  • Work No. 6C – A new link road (1,800 metres in length) commencing by a junction with Work No. 5 at a point 100 metres south of Lawrence Weston Road and terminating at a point on the M5 spur 280 metres west of the M5 spur overbridge, including a bridge over an access track.

  • Work No. 6D – A diversion (850 metres in length) of the M5 southbound off slip road of Lawrence Weston interchange commencing by a junction with the M5 at a point 100 metres south-west of Lawrence Weston Road overbridge and terminating by a junction with Work No. 6 at a point 600 metres south of the commencement of that work, including a bridge over an access track.

  • Work No. 6E – A diversion (960 metres in length) of the M5 northbound on slip road of Lawrence Weston interchange commencing by a junction with the M5 at a point 180 metres south of Lawrence Weston Road overbridge and terminating by a junction with Work No. 6C at a point 1,000 metres south of the commencement of that work, including a bridge over an access track.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Community of Rogiet) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 7 – A diversion (500 metres in length) of Station Road and track CRF16 commencing at a point 480 metres north of the junction of that track and track CRF15 and terminating at a point 5 metres north of that junction, including a bridge over Work No. 2 and accesses to the toll plaza (part of Work No. 2).

  • Work No. 7A – A diversion (680 metres in length) of track CRF15 commencing at a point 400 metres north of the junction of that track and track CRF16 and terminating at a point 530 metres north-east of that junction.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Community of Caldicot) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 8 – A diversion (870 metres in length) of footpath FP19 commencing at the junction of footpath FP19 and the sewage works access track and terminating by a junction with footpath FP6 at a point 370 metres east of the junction of Back Ditch and Summerway Reen, including a footbridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 2.

  • Work No. 9 – A new road (350 metres in length) commencing at the junction of Symondscliff Way and Pill Row and terminating at the Severn Estuary sea defences at a point 150 metres east of the point at which Nedern Brook passes through those defences, including the realignment of the junction of Symondscliff Way and Pill Row and a level crossing over the tracks of the British Railways Board.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Mathern and Portskewett) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 9A – A diversion (330 metres in length) of the A48 commencing at a point 390 metres west of the junction of that road and the B4245 and terminating at a point 80 metres west of that junction, including a roundabout.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Community of Portskewett) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 9B – A diversion (370 metres in length) of the B4245 commencing by a junction with Work No. 9A at a point 170 metres west of the junction of that road and the A48 and terminating at a point 410 metres south-west of that junction.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Mathern and Portskewett) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 9C – A diversion (200 metres in length) of the R140 commencing by a junction with Work No. 9B at a point 165 metres south-west of the junction of that road and the B4245 and terminating at a point 45 metres south-east of that junction.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Community of Portskewett) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 9D – An improvement (130 metres in length) of the B4245 commencing at a point 240 metres west of the access to Severn Farm and terminating at a point 110 metres west of that access.

  • Work No. 9E – An improvement (320 metres in length) of the B4245 commencing at a point 160 metres north-east of Mount Ballan crossroad and terminating at a point 160 metres south-west of that crossroad.

  • Work No. 9F – A diversion (100 metres in length) of the R139 commencing at a point 110 metres north-west of the junction of that road with the B4245 and terminating by a junction with Work No. 9E at a point 140 metres from the commencement of that work.

  • Work No. 9G – A diversion (120 metres in length) of the R139 commencing at a point 130 metres south-east of the junction of that road with the B4245 and terminating by a junction with Work No. 9E at a point 190 metres from the commencement of that work.

  • Work No. 9H – An improvement (280 metres in length) of Caldicot Road commencing at a point 200 metres west of the junction of that road and Symondscliff Way and terminating at a point 80 metres east of that junction, including an improvement of that junction.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 10 – A new access track (130 metres in length) commencing at the Binn Wall at a point 130 metres north of the junction of Shaft Road and the Binn Wall and terminating at that junction.

  • Work No. 11 – A diversion (420 metres in length) of the B4064 New Passage Road/Redwick Road commencing at a point 50 metres south-east of the sewage works entrance and terminating at a point 390 metres south-east of that entrance by a junction with Work No. 18, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

  • Work No. 12 – A diversion (1,070 metres in length) of the A403 Severn Road commencing at a point 450 metres north of the access to Southworthy Farm and terminating at a point 610 metres south-west of that access, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

In the District of Northavon (Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and Olveston) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 13 – A diversion (520 metres in length) of the B4055 Northwick Road and Redham Lane commencing at a point 35 metres south-west of the entrance to Laurel Farm and terminating in Redham Lane at a point 140 metres north-west of the junction of footpath FP30 and bridleway BW31.

  • Work No. 13A – A diversion (300 metres in length) of the B4055 Northwick Road commencing at a point 170 metres north-east of the junction of Northwick Road and Redham Lane and terminating by a junction with Work No. 13 at a point 230 metres from the commencement of that work, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

  • Work No. 14 – A diversion (370 metres in length) of bridleway BW8 commencing at a point 290 metres north of its junction with Redham Lane and terminating at that junction, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Olveston) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 15 – A diversion (440 metres in length) of Holm Lane commencing at a point 590 metres north-west of its junction with Redham Lane and terminating at a point 160 metres north-west of that junction, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

  • Work No. 16 – A diversion (600 metres in length) of Greenditch Street and Awkley Lane commencing in Greenditch Street at a point 360 metres west of its junction with Awkley Lane and terminating in Awkley Lane at a point 370 metres south of that junction.

  • Work No. 16A – A diversion (260 metres in length) of Greenditch Street commencing at a point 30 metres east of the junction of Greenditch Street and Awkley Lane and terminating by a junction with Work No. 16 at a point 220 metres from the commencement of that work, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4.

  • Work No. 17 – A diversion (620 metres in length) of Hardy Lane commencing at a point 240 metres north-east of the north abutment of the M4 overbridge in Hardy Lane and terminating at a point 320 metres south-west of the south abutment of that overbridge, including a replacement bridge carrying the diversion over Works Nos. 4 and 4B and a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 4C.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 18 – A diversion (1,070 metres in length) of Green Lane commencing at a point 50 metres east of the junction of Beach Road and Beach Avenue and terminating on Redwick Road at a point 540 metres south-east of the sewage works entrance, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 18A – A diversion (180 metres in length) of Shaft Road commencing at a point 110 metres north-west of its junction with Green Lane and terminating by a junction with Work No. 18 at a point 60 metres from the commencement of that work.

  • Work No. 19 – A footpath (350 metres in length) commencing in Church Road at a point 140 metres west of its junction with the A403 Severn Road and terminating in Church Road at a point 150 metres east of its junction with Little Green Lane, including a footbridge carrying the footpath over Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 20 – A diversion (750 metres in length) of the A403 Severn Road commencing at a point 30 metres north-east of its junction with Church Road and terminating at a point 720 metres south-west of that junction, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 21 – A new track (430 metres in length) commencing at a point 365 metres north-west of the junction of footpath FP61 and footpath FP59 and terminating on footpath FP58 at a point 420 metres south-west of the junction of that footpath and footpath FP59, including a bridge carrying the track over Work No. 5.

In the District of Northavon (Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and Almondsbury) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 22 – A diversion of Farm Lane and a new road (980 metres in length) commencing at a point 240 metres south-east of its junction with Impool Rhine and terminating by a junction with Central Avenue at a point 190 metres west of the east end of that road, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 5.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 22A – A diversion (200 metres in length) of Farm Lane commencing at a point 330 metres north-west of its junction with Impool Rhine and terminating by a junction with Work No. 22 at a point 420 metres from the commencement of that work.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Almondsbury) and City of Bristol in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 23 – A diversion (750 metres in length) of Severn Road, Hallen commencing at a point 320 metres south-east of the junction of that road and the access road to the gas works and terminating at a point 430 metres north-west of that junction, including a diversion (part) of bridleway BW101 (Minor's Lane) and a bridge carrying the diversions over Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 23A – A diversion (part) (340 metres in length) of bridleway BW101 (Minor's Lane) commencing at a point 160 metres south-east of its junction with the access road to the gas works and terminating at the junction of Severn Road, Hallen and that access road.

  • Work No. 23B – A diversion (part) (360 metres in length) of bridleway BW101 (Minor's Lane) commencing at its junction with the access road to the gas works and terminating at a point 120 metres north-west of the junction of Severn Road, Hallen and that access road.

In the City of Bristol in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 24 – A diversion (370 metres in length) of Moorhouse Lane commencing at a point 360 metres south-east of the bridge carrying the railway over Moorhouse Lane and terminating at a point 10 metres east of that bridge, including a bridge carrying the diversion over Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 25 – A footpath and cycle track (110 metres in length) commencing in Lawrence Weston Road at a point 130 metres south-east of the entrance to Poplar Farm and terminating at a point 20 metres south-east of that entrance, including a subway carrying the footpath and cycle track under Work No. 5.

  • Work No. 26 – A diversion (1,060 metres in length) of Kings Weston Lane commencing at a point 65 metres south-east of its junction with Campbell Farm Drive and terminating at a point 65 metres south-east of its junction with Ballast Lane, including bridges carrying the diversion over the M5 and Works Nos. 6, 6B, 6C and 6E.

In the Borough of Monmouth (Communities of Caldicot and Portskewett) in the County of Gwent--

  • Work No. 27 – A cofferdam (1,205 metres in length) commencing at the Severn Estuary sea defences at a point 60 metres east of the point at which Nedern Brook passes through those defences and terminating in the Severn Estuary at a point 1,205 metres east of its commencement, including modifications to a drainage outfall.

In the District of Northavon (Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach) in the County of Avon--

  • Work No. 28 – An access causeway (2,380 metres in length) commencing in the Severn Estuary at a point on the eastern edge of The Shoots navigation channel 510 metres south-west of the Severn Tunnel and terminating on the Binn Wall at a point 190 metres north of the Severn Tunnel Air Shaft.

  • Work No. 29 – A jetty (185 metres in length) commencing on the Binn Wall at a point 200 metres north of the Severn Tunnel Air Shaft and terminating in the Severn Estuary at a point 185 metres west of its commencement.

  • Work No. 30 – A jetty (155 metres in length) commencing on the Binn Wall at a point 300 metres north of the Severn Tunnel Air Shaft and terminating in the Severn Estuary at a point 155 metres west of its commencement.

  • Work No. 31 – A surface water drain and outfall (210 metres in length) commencing 15 metres south-west of New Passage Road at a point 340 metres north-west of the sewage works entrance and terminating in The Pill at a point 20 metres south-east of the tide lock.



Part II Supplementary

1 (1) The Secretary of State may carry out such works as may be necessary or expedient for the purposes of, in connection with or in consequence of the construction of the scheduled works including, in particular--

(a) landscaping and drainage works,

(b) works involving the alteration of the position of mains and cables, and

(c) works consisting of the provision of new means of access to premises affected by the scheduled works.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) above--

(a) shall not authorise the carrying out of works outside the limits of land to be acquired, and

(b) shall authorise the carrying out of works outside the limits of deviation for the scheduled works only if the works are carried out on land specified in columns (1) and (2) in Part I of Schedule 2 to this Act for the purpose specified in relation to the land in column (3) in that Part of that Schedule.

2 In constructing the scheduled works the Secretary of State may--

(a) deviate laterally from the lines or situations shown on the deposited plans within the limits of deviation for those works, and

(b) deviate vertically from the levels shown on the deposited sections--

(i) to any extent not exceeding three metres upwards, or

(ii) subject to paragraph 3 below, to any extent downwards.

3 (1) In constructing the new bridge the Secretary of State shall provide headway of not less than 377 metres above the prescribed level over a clear central span of at least 415 metres.

(2) In sub-paragraph (1) above "the prescribed level" means 68 metres above ordnance datum (Newlyn).

4 The British Railways Board may, subject to such requirements as the Secretary of State may from time to time lay down, provide, maintain and operate at or near the level crossing forming part of Work No. 9 such barriers, lights, traffic signs and automatic or other devices and appliances as may be approved by the Secretary of State.



Section 2.

SCHEDULE 2 Acquisition and Occupation of Land



Part I Acquisition of Land Outside Limits of Deviation

(1)(2)(3)
AreaNumber of land shown on deposited plansPurpose for which land may be acquired
Borough of Monmouth Community of Rogiet16a, 17a, 18a and 19aAccess (including a temporary bridge over the railway), provision of services and drainage
26a, 27a, 30a, 51, 52, 53, 54 and 58Access for drainage work along West Pill Reen and at West Pill
34aAccess to severed land
Borough of Monmouth Community of Caldicot2a, 3a and 15aDrainage outfall and access to Back Ditch and Severn Estuary sea defences
38a, 39a and 44aMarine operations, construction and access
42Preservation of woodlands for landscaping
Borough of Monmouth Community of Portskewett1Preservation of woodlands for landscaping
2aMarine operations, construction and access
District of Northavon Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach1a, 2a, 39a and 40aMarine operations, construction and access
21Footpath
58 and 59Footpath
68aService diversion
98 and 100Access to severed land
District of Northavon Parish of Almondsbury1aAccess to severed land
3a, 4a, 5a, 7a and 8aService diversions
13aFootpath
City of Bristol2a and 5Footpath
13a and 43Footpath and cycle track
27, 28 and 29Footpath
31Playing field


Part II Acquisition: Supplementary

Acquisition of rights

1 (1) The Secretary of State may under section 2 of this Act acquire easements or other rights in or over land by creating them as well as acquiring easements or other rights already in existence.

(2) In relation to the compulsory acquisition of a right by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above the provisions of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 specified in sub-paragraph (3) below shall apply--

(a) as if references to such a compulsory acquisition were included in references to the compulsory acquisition of a right by virtue of section 250 of that Act, and

(b) as if such an acquisition were made by a compulsory purchase order made in the exercise of highway land acquisition powers.

(3) The provisions of the Highways Act 1980 referred to in sub-paragraph (2) above are--

(a) section 250(4) and (5) and Part II of Schedule 19 (adaptations of [1965 c. 56.] Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 and the enactments relating to compensation for compulsory purchase),

(b) section 251 (rights acquired to be binding on successive owners of the land), and

(c) section 252 (power of landowners affected by rights acquisition to compel acquisition of whole interest).



Subsoil and under-surface

2 The Secretary of State may under section 2 of this Act acquire so much of the subsoil and under-surface of land as is required as mentioned in that section without being required to acquire an interest in any other part of it.



Mines and minerals

3 (1) Parts II and III of Schedule 2 to the [1981 c. 67.] Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (exception of mines and minerals from compulsory purchase and regulation of the working of mines and minerals underlying an authorised undertaking) shall apply in relation to land within the limits of land to be acquired as if it were comprised in a compulsory purchase order providing for the incorporation with the order of those Parts of that Schedule.

(2) For the purposes of Part III of that Schedule as it applies by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above, paragraph 1(3) of that Schedule (meaning of underlying) shall have effect as if the prescribed distance in relation to any mines or minerals lying under land near any of the works authorised by this Act were the greater of--

(a) such lateral distance from those works on every side as is equal at every point along those works to one-half of the depth of the mines or minerals below the natural surface of the ground at that point, and

(b) 40 metres.



Private rights of way

4 (1) All private rights of way over land which may be acquired compulsorily under section 2 of this Act shall be extinguished on the acquisition of the land, whether compulsorily or by agreement, or on the entry on the land in pursuance of section 11(1) of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, as applied by section 2 of this Act, whichever is the sooner.

(2) A person who suffers loss by the extinguishment of a right under this paragraph shall be entitled to compensation to be determined, in case of dispute, under and in accordance with Part I of the [1961 c. 33.] Land Compensation Act 1961.



Compensation

5 Section 4 of the [1981 c. 67.] Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (assessment of compensation where unnecessary work undertaken to obtain compensation) shall have effect in relation to a compulsory acquisition under section 2 of this Act as if it were a compulsory purchase to which that Act applies.

6 Where land is or rights in or over land are compulsorily acquired under section 2 of this Act, section 261 of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 (benefit to be taken into account in assessing compensation) shall have effect as if the acquisition were one in relation to which that section has effect.



Part III Temporary Occupation of Land

7 (1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the Secretary of State may, in connection with the construction of--

(a) the scheduled works specified in column (1) of the following table, or

(b) any works which are necessary or expedient for the purposes of, in connection with or in consequence of those works,

enter upon and take temporary possession of the land in the areas specified in columns (2) and (3) of that table for such purposes as are specified in column (4) of that table and may, for such purposes, remove buildings on that land and provide means of access to that land.

Table

(1)(2)(3)(4)
Works Nos.AreaNumber of land shown on deposited plansPurpose for which temporary possession may be taken
1, 1A and 1BBorough of Monmouth Community of Magor with Undy4t, 5t, 6t, 7t and 10tConstruction access
1, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 7, 7A and 8Borough of Monmouth Community of Rogiet3t, 6 and 10Construction access
2, 2A, 2B, 7, 7A and 8Borough of Monmouth Community of Rogiet11, 12, 13 and 14Construction access and regrading of land prior to return to agriculture
2, 2A, 2B, 7, 7A and 8Borough of Monmouth Community of Rogiet21 and 22Construction access
2Borough of Monmouth Community of Rogiet35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40Temporary service diversions
2, 3, 9 and 27Borough of Monmouth Community of Caldicot14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 31tConstruction and manufacturing site and access and surface water drainage outfalls
3, 10, 28, 29, 30 and 31District of Northavon Parish of Pilning and Severn Beach2t and 76Construction and manufacturing site and access
4, 4B, 4C, 13, 13A, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17District of Northavon Parish of Olveston43tConstruction access
5District of Northavon Parish of Almondsbury1t, 12, 19 and 20Temporary service diversions

(2) Not less than 28 days before entering upon and taking temporary possession of land under this paragraph the Secretary of State shall give notice to the owners and occupiers of the land.

(3) The Secretary of State shall not, without the agreement of the owners and occupiers of the land, remain in possession of land under this paragraph after a period of one year from the completion of the work specified in relation to that land in column (1) of the table in sub-paragraph (1) above.

(4) All private rights of way over land of which the Secretary of State takes temporary possession under this paragraph shall be suspended and unenforceable for so long as the Secretary of State remains in lawful possession of the land.

(5) Before giving up possession of land of which temporary possession has been taken under this paragraph, the Secretary of State shall remove all temporary works and restore the land to the reasonable satisfaction of the owners and occupiers of the land; but the Secretary of State shall not be required to replace a building removed by him under this paragraph.

(6) The Secretary of State shall pay compensation to--

(a) the owners and occupiers of land of which temporary possession is taken under this paragraph for loss or damage resulting from the exercise of the powers conferred by this paragraph in relation to that land, and

(b) a person who suffers loss or damage by reason of the suspension of a right under this paragraph.

(7) Nothing in this paragraph shall affect any liability to pay compensation under section 10(2) of the [1965 c. 56.] Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, as applied by section 2 of this Act, or under any other enactment, in respect of loss or damage arising from the execution of any works, other than loss or damage for which compensation is payable under sub-paragraph (6) above.

(8) A dispute as to a person's entitlement to compensation under sub-paragraph (6) above, or as to the amount of the compensation, shall be determined under and in accordance with Part I of the [1961 c. 33.] Land Compensation Act 1961.



Part IV Correction of Deposited Plans

8 (1) If the deposited plans or the book of reference to those plans are inaccurate in their description of any land, or in their statement or description of the ownership or occupation of any land, the Secretary of State, after giving not less than ten days' notice to the owner and occupier of the land in question, may apply to two justices having jurisdiction in the place where the land is situated for the correction of the plans or book of reference.

(2) If on such an application it appears to the justices that the misstatement or wrong description arose from mistake or inadvertence, the justices shall certify accordingly and shall in their certificate state in what respect a matter is misstated or wrongly described.

(3) The certificate shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments and a copy of it in the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons and at the principal offices of Avon County Council, Gwent County Council, Bristol City Council, Northavon District Council and Monmouth Borough Council; and the deposited plans or the book of reference shall be deemed to be corrected according to the certificate and it shall be lawful for the Secretary of State, in accordance with the certificate, to proceed under this Act as if the deposited plans or the book of reference had always been in the corrected form.

(4) A person with whom a copy of the certificate is deposited under this paragraph shall keep it with the documents to which it relates.

(5) In this paragraph "book of reference" means the book deposited in November 1990 in connection with the Severn Bridges Bill in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons.



Section 3.

SCHEDULE 3 Authorised Works: Supplementary



Stopping up of highways

1 (1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the Secretary of State may, in connection with the construction of the works authorised by this Act, stop up--

(a) each of the highways or parts of highways specified, by reference to the letters and numbers shown on the deposited plans, in columns (1) and (2) of the following table, and

(b) any other bridleways or footpaths within the limits of deviation for the scheduled works.

(2) On his doing so, all rights of way over or along the highway or part so stopped up shall be extinguished.

(3) An existing highway or part of a highway specified in columns (1) and (2) of Part II of the following table shall not be stopped up under this paragraph until the Secretary of State is satisfied that the new highway to be substituted for it, which is specified in relation to it by reference to the letters shown on the deposited plans or by reference to scheduled works in column (3) of that Part of the table, has been completed and is open for public use.

Table

Part I

Highways to be Stopped Up

(1)(2)
AreaLength of highway to be stopped up
County of Gwent
Borough of Monmouth
Community of CaldicotFootpath FP5 from B2 to B5
County of Avon
District of Northavon
Parish of OlvestonBridleway BW11 from K1 to K2
Footpath FP9 from L1 to L2
Footpath FP12 from M1 to M2
Awkley Lane from P1 to P2
Parish of Pilning and Severn BeachFootpath FP46 from N1 to N2
Parish of AlmondsburyVimpennys Lane from A1 to A2

Part II

Highways to be Stopped Up and New Highways Substituted for Them

(1)(2)(3)
AreaLength of highway to be stopped upNew highway to be substituted for it
County of Gwent
Borough of Monmouth
Community of Magor with UndyTrack CRF30 from A1 to A2Track from A1 to A3
Communities of Magor with Undy and RogietM4 eastbound carriageway from B1 to B2Work No. 2A
M4 westbound carriageway from C1 to C2Work No. 2B
Community of RogietStation Road and Track CRF16 from A1 to A2Work No. 7
Track CRF15 from B1 to B2Works Nos. 7 and 7A
Community of CaldicotFootpath FP19 from A1 to A2Work No. 8
Footpath FP6 from B1 to B2 and footpath FP3 from B2 to B3Footpath from B1 to B4
Footpath FP2 from B3 to B6Work No. 9
Communities of Mathern and PortskewettA48 from A1 to A2Work No. 9A
B4245 from B1 to B2 to B3 and R140 from B2 to B4Works Nos. 9A, 9B and 9C
Community of PortskewettR139 from C1 to C2Works Nos. 9E, 9F and 9G
County of Avon
District of Northavon
Parish of Pilning and Severn BeachB4064 New Passage Road/Redwick Road from A1 to A2Works Nos. 11 and 18
Footpath FP9 from B3 to B4Work No. 11
Footpath FP10 from B1 to B2Footpath from B1 to B3 and Work No. 11
Footpath FP13 from C1 to C2 and from C3 to C4Footpath from C1 to C5 to C6 to C7 to C8, Work No. 12 and footpath from C9 to C4
A403 Severn Road from D1 to D2Work No. 12
Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and OlvestonB4055 Northwick Road from E1 to E2Works Nos. 13 and 13A
Redham Lane from F1 to F2Works Nos. 13 and 13A
Parish of OlvestonFootpath FP10 from A1 to A2Footpath from A1 to A3 and Work No. 14.
Bridleway BW8 from B1 to B2Work No. 14
Holm Lane from C1 to C2Work No. 15
Footpath FP19 from D1 to D2 and footpath FP20 from D1 to D3Footpath from D2 to D3
Greenditch Street from E1 to E2Works Nos. 16 and 16A
Awkley Lane from F1 to F2Works Nos. 16 and 16A
Footpath FP21 from G1 to G2Footpath from G1 to G3 to G4 and Works Nos. 16 and 16A
Footpath FP28 from O1 to O2 and footpath FP62 from O2 to O3Footpath from O1 to O3
Bridleway (unnumbered) from R1 to R2Bridleway from R1 to R3
Hardy Lane from H1 to H2Work No. 17
M4 westbound carriageway from J1 to J2Work No. 4C
Parish of Pilning and Severn BeachShaft Road from G1 to G2Works Nos. 18 and 18A
Green Lane from H1 to H2Works Nos. 11 and 18
Footpath FP15 from V1 to V2Works Nos. 11 and 18
Footpath FP28 from J1 to J2Footpath from J1 to J3 to J4
Church Road from K1 to K2Footpath from K1 to K3 and Work No. 19
A403 Severn Road from L1 to L2Work No. 20
Footpath FP49 from M1 to M2Footpath from M1 to M3, Work No. 20 and footpath from M4 to M2
Footpath FP48 from P1 to P2Footpath from N1 to P1
Footpath FP58 from Q1 to Q2Work No. 21
Parishes of Pilning and Severn Beach and AlmondsburyFootpath FP61 from R1 to R2 to R3 to R4 to R5, footpath FP60 from R3 to R6 and footpath FP62 from R2 to R7Footpath from R1 to R7 to R8 to R9 and Works Nos. 22 and 22A
Farm Lane from S1 to S2Works Nos. 22 and 22A
Parish of Almondsbury and City of BristolBridleway BW101 Minor's Lane from B1 to B2Works Nos. 23A, 23 and 23B
City of BristolSevern Road Hallen from A1 to A2Work No. 23
Footpath FP556 from B1 to B2Footpath from B2 to B3
Footpath FP555 from C1 to C2Footpath from C1 to C3, Work No. 23 and footpath from B3 to B2 to C4
Footpath FP553 from D1 to D2Footpath from D1 to C1 to C3, Work No. 23, footpath from B3 to B2 to C4, footpath FP555 and footpath from C2 to D2
Moorhouse Lane from E1 to E2Work No. 24
Footpath FP4 from F1 to F2Footpath from F2 to F3
Lawrence Weston Road from G1 to G2Footpath and cycle track from G1 to G3 and Work No. 25
Kings Weston Lane from H1 to H2Work No. 26
M5 southbound off slip road of Lawrence Weston interchange from J1 to J2Works Nos. 6, 6A and 6D
M5 northbound on slip road of Lawrence Weston interchange from K1 to K2Works Nos. 6C and 6E

(4) No part of a highway shall be stopped up under this paragraph unless the condition specified in sub-paragraph (5) below is satisfied in relation to all land abutting on any side of that part of the highway.

(5) The condition referred to in sub-paragraph (4) above is that--

(a) the Secretary of State is in possession of the land, or

(b) there is no right of access to the land from the part of the highway concerned, or

(c) the Secretary of State is satisfied that there is reasonably convenient access to the land otherwise than from the part of the highway concerned, or

(d) the owners and occupiers of the land have agreed to the stopping up.

(6) A person who suffers loss by the extinguishment of a private right under this paragraph shall be entitled to compensation to be determined, in case of dispute, under and in accordance with Part I of the [1961 c. 33.] Land Compensation Act 1961.



Temporary interference with highways

2 (1) The Secretary of State may, for the purpose of constructing the works authorised by this Act, temporarily stop up, open, break up or interfere with, or alter or divert, the whole or a part of a highway within--

(a) the limits of deviation for the scheduled works,

(b) the limits of land to be acquired, or

(c) the limits of land for temporary occupation,

and may carry out all necessary works for, or in connection with, doing so.

(2) The Secretary of State shall provide reasonable access for all persons, with or without vehicles, going to or returning from premises abutting on a highway affected by the exercise of the powers conferred by this paragraph if there would otherwise be no such access.



Provision of new trunk and special roads

3 (1) On the day on which this Act is passed the new highways forming or forming part of Works Nos. 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 4, 4A, 4C, 5, 6, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D and 6E shall become trunk roads and special roads for the exclusive use of traffic of Classes I and II of the classes of traffic specified in Schedule 4 to the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980.

(2) The highways which become special roads by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above shall be treated as provided by the Secretary of State (by means of the construction of new highways under section 24(1) of the Highways Act 1980) under a scheme made by him under section 16 of that Act--

(a) prescribing the route of those roads as the route for the special roads to be provided under the scheme,

(b) prescribing both the classes of traffic specified in that sub-paragraph, and

(c) specifying the day on which this Act is passed as the date on which the roads become trunk roads.



Trunk and special road improvements

4 Works Nos. 1, 1A, 1B and 4B shall be treated as improvements of the M4 and its slip roads carried out under Part V of the Highways Act 1980.



Other highway works

5 (1) Works Nos. 7, 7A, 8, 9, 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E, 9F, 9G, 9H, 11, 12, 13, 13A, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 18, 18A, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22A, 23, 23A, 23B, 24, 25 and 26 and the stopping up of highways in pursuance of this Schedule shall be treated as authorised by an order made by the Secretary of State under section 18 of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 in relation to the roads to which paragraphs 3 and 4 above apply.

(2) The new highways forming or forming part of the works referred to in sub-paragraph (1) above shall be treated as new highways authorised to be constructed by the order so referred to.

(3) The provisions of Schedule 1 to this Act and this Schedule relating to a work or operation which is treated by this paragraph as authorised by the order referred to in sub-paragraph (1) above shall be treated for the purposes of the Highways Act 1980 as provisions of the order.

(4) The order referred to in sub-paragraph (1) above shall be deemed to include provision preserving (subject to section 21 of the Highways Act 1980) the rights of any persons who are statutory undertakers for the purposes of that Act in respect of any apparatus of theirs which is under, in, on, over, along or across a highway immediately before it is stopped up in pursuance of this Schedule.

6 (1) The Secretary of State may determine in the case of a highway to which paragraph 5(2) above applies that the highway is to be a footpath, a cycle track, a bridleway or an all purpose road.

(2) In sub-paragraph (1) above "all purpose road" means a highway (other than a cycle track) over which the public right of way includes a right of way for the passage of vehicles.

(3) The Secretary of State may classify a highway to which paragraph 5(2) above applies in any manner in which, and for any purposes for which, he can classify highways under subsection (3) of section 12 of the Highways Act 1980; and on the date of its transfer under sub-paragraph (4) below a highway classified under this sub-paragraph shall become a highway classified in the manner and for the purposes in question as if so classified under that subsection.

(4) On the date certified by the Secretary of State as the date on which a highway to which paragraph 5(2) above applies is open for public use--

(a) if it is in England, it shall be transferred to Avon County Council, and

(b) if it is in Wales, it shall be transferred to Gwent County Council.



Section 7.

SCHEDULE 4 Early End of Tolling by Secretary of State



Receipts

1 (1) The receipts referred to in section 7 of this Act are relevant receipts and assumed interest receipts.

(2) In this Schedule "relevant receipts" means--

(a) tolls collected by or on behalf of the Secretary of State,

(b) other sums received by the Secretary of State--

(i) under or by virtue of this Act, or

(ii) in connection with the exercise of relevant functions by him or on his behalf,

(c) capital sums and interest paid to the Secretary of State by the concessionaire in accordance with the concession agreement in respect of the existing deficit,

(d) any sums received by the Secretary of State in consequence of or in connection with the termination of the concession agreement or in pursuance of a right transferred to him under or by virtue of section 19 of this Act on the termination, and

(e) any other receipts of the Secretary of State which he may specify as relevant receipts.

(3) In this Schedule "assumed interest receipts" means interest assumed to accrue on any daily surplus of relevant receipts over the amounts treated as applied for the purposes mentioned in paragraph 2 below.



Purposes

2 The purposes referred to in section 7 of this Act and this Schedule are--

(a) meeting with interest the existing deficit,

(b) reimbursement with interest of any expenditure properly chargeable to capital account and incurred by the Secretary of State in respect of--

(i) the construction of the new bridge or the toll plaza forming part of Work No. 2, or

(ii) the making safe, dismantling or reconstruction of that bridge or toll plaza if partly constructed otherwise than at the expense of the Secretary of State,

(c) reimbursement with interest of all expenditure (not falling within sub-paragraph (b) above) properly chargeable to capital account and incurred by the Secretary of State in making (whether to the concessionaire or to any other person) any payment in consequence of or in connection with the termination of, or otherwise under, the concession agreement,

(d) reimbursement with interest of any expenditure properly chargeable to capital account and incurred by the Secretary of State--

(i) under or by virtue of this Act, or

(ii) in connection with the exercise of relevant functions by him or on his behalf,

before the end of the period during which tolls may be levied,

(e) meeting all expenditure (including administrative expenses) properly chargeable to revenue account and so incurred,

(f) making any provision which the Secretary of State may consider appropriate for defraying the expenditure properly chargeable to revenue account and likely to be incurred by the Secretary of State as mentioned in sub-paragraph (d)(i) and (ii) above after the end of the period during which tolls may be levied,

(g) making such provision as in the opinion of the Secretary of State is required for making payments to or in respect of persons employed by him or by a person appointed to collect tolls as his agent whose contracts of employment are terminated in consequence of tolls ceasing to be leviable,

(h) making such provision as in the opinion of the Secretary of State is equivalent to that which would be required--

(i) for keeping the bridges and toll plaza areas insured against damage not amounting to complete destruction throughout the period during which tolls may be levied,

(ii) for insuring against liabilities arising in that period from the Secretary of State's ownership or occupation of the bridges and toll plaza areas, or from anything done or omitted in the course of the exercise by or on behalf of the Secretary of State of relevant functions or the power to levy tolls,

if the bridges and toll plaza areas were owned and maintained, and those functions were exercisable, by a commercial undertaking,

(i) meeting any other expenditure (not falling within any of the preceding sub-paragraphs) which is incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act and which is specified by him as falling within this paragraph,

(j) making provision for interest assumed to be due on any daily deficiency of relevant receipts as against the amounts treated as applied for the purposes mentioned in this paragraph, and

(k) meeting with interest the aggregate of any annual deficiencies of relevant receipts and assumed interest receipts as against the amounts treated as applied for any of the purposes mentioned in the preceding sub-paragraphs.



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3 For the purpose of determining the amount of relevant receipts and assumed interest receipts or the amounts from time to time required for the purposes mentioned in paragraph 2 above, such assumptions shall be followed by the Secretary of State as to--

(a) the manner in which those receipts are to be treated as applied for those purposes,

(b) the times at which payments would be made in respect of expenditure, interest and other amounts referred to in any sub-paragraph of that paragraph, and

(c) the amounts of such payments,

as the Treasury may direct; and such a direction may require different assumptions to be followed in relation to different times and in relation to, or to interest on, different expenditure or other amounts referred to in any sub-paragraph of that paragraph.

4 A reference in this Schedule to interest is a reference to interest at such rate as may be determined to be appropriate in accordance with directions given by the Treasury; and different rates may be so determined in relation to--

(a) different times,

(b) different descriptions of relevant receipts, and

(c) different sub-paragraphs of paragraph 2 above, and different expenditure or other amounts referred to in any of those sub-paragraphs.

5 In this Schedule "the existing deficit" means the amount shown in the statement of accounts prepared under section 28(1)(a) of this Act as the amount of the debt to the Consolidated Fund immediately before the appointed day, adjusted if necessary to take account of any amounts so shown as stores or owed by debtors, or as due to creditors.



Section 40.

SCHEDULE 5 Repeals

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1965 c. 24.The Severn Bridge Tolls Act 1965.The whole Act.
1980 c. 66.The Highways Act 1980.In Schedule 24, paragraph 14.

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