Tamar Bridge tolls to rise?

Future funding of the Tamar Bridge and the Torpoint Ferry was discussed at today’s Cabinet meeting of Cornwall Council.

Toll prices on the bridge and the ferry, which are jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council, have not risen since 2010.

Under the terms of the Tamar Bridge Act, any changes must be approved by the Secretary of State for Transport before they can be implemented. Members heard how the money generated by tolls is used to operate, maintain and improve the two crossings and subsidise the cost of the Torpoint Ferry service, which is vital to the economy of south east Cornwall.

The cabinet agreed to formally request to raise the charges by 33% while requesting a review of how charges are managed in future so there is more local control. This means the the cost for a car could rise from £1.50 to £2 in July 2019.

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