For 22 years, I’ve had to put up with the Severn Bridge and its toll.

For those of us who live on the western side of either of the two bridges that cross the eponymous estuary, we learned first to grin, then to bear and finally to grimly accept our fate. Which is that every single time someone comes to visit us for the first time, they make a crack about why one has to pay to enter Wales when it would be far more effective if people were forced to pay to get out. Staggeringly, they all think they are the first to have thought of it. And the most galling thing of all? I don’t even live in bloody Wales.

You may know by now that the tolls on both bridges (the newer of the two is technically the Second Severn Crossing) will be abolished at the end of next year when, just over half a century after the first was built, the bridges pass back into public ownership.

Severn Bridge tolls to be scrapped at the end of 2018