Assembly abolishes toll on Porthmadog Cob

Welsh Assembly Government

Assembly abolishes toll on Porthmadog Cob

Assembly abolishes toll on Porthmadog Cob

Tolls are to be abolished on a historic North Wales coastal road after almost 200 years – thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government, Minister for Environment Sue Essex and Trustees of the Rebecca Trust announced today (Friday, 28 March).

The five pence toll on the A487 Porthmadog Cob will no longer be collected following the announcement that the Assembly Government has purchased the Porthmadog Cob and Crwn Porthmadog from the Trustees of the Rebecca Trust.

Travellers have traditionally paid a toll for crossing the Porthmadog Cob since its construction in 1811. For the past 25 years, proceeds from the toll have been distributed among local charities and societies by the Rebecca Trust. Collection of the toll ends at 3pm on Saturday, March 29.

Speaking at the roadside tollgate, Ms Essex said: "I am delighted that the Welsh Assembly Government has been able to purchase the A487 Porthmadog Cob and Crwn Porthmadog, not only for safeguarding the future of the A487, reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety with removal of the toll, but in doing so enabling the Rebecca Trust Trustees to continue to make annual gifts to local societies.

"This is yet another example of how the Welsh Assembly Government is delivering for the people of Wales. This has only been made possible through devolution."

Rebecca Trust founder members Maldwyn Lewis and Bryan Rees-Jones welcomed the sale. They said: "We are very happy that our original aspiration when we purchased the Cob 25 years ago, to close the Porthmadog Cob tollgate once and for all, has come into fruition. I’m also glad that local charities from Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth will continue to receive the annual contributions they have enjoyed over the years from funds distributed by the Trust."

Invitation to Press

Minister for Environment Sue Essex and representatives of the Rebecca Trust will be at the Toll House, Porthmadog Cob at 9.15am tomorrow (Friday, 27 March) for interviews and photographs. You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/crew.


  • Porthmadog Cob was built as a private venture under the provisions of a 1807 Local Act of Parliament (47 George III Session 2 Chapter 36) promoted by William Alexander Madocks and made on 1 August 1807.
  • The Rebecca Trust purchased these rights on 28 April 1978 and have charged a five pence toll since.
  • The Cob forms the main A487 route across the Afon Glaslyn, as well as providing a sea and flood defence. The entire Cob structure and the Toll House at its eastern end are listed buildings.

(28 March, 2003)