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It is about to get MORE expensive to drive into Devon

It is about to get MORE expensive to drive into Devon

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:03pm 14th November 2019. (Updated at 9:07am 16th November 2019)

It is about to get more expensive to go to Devon, as toll charges to cross the Tamar rise for the first time in nine years.

The Government has decided to make a formal Order authorising an increase in tolls on both the Tamar Bridge and the Torpoint Ferry. 

For cars paying by cash the toll will rise from £1.50 to £2.00.

The car toll charge for TamarTag customers (which represent 60% of all crossings) rises from 75p to £1.00. 

The increases will be implemented with effect from Tuesday, 19th November 2019.

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It is going to get more expensive to drive from Cornwall into Devon, thanks to the first tolls rise in nine years

"Toll prices have not risen since 2010 and, as a result of inflation, increasing maintenance costs and the funding of a range of improvement projects, the crossings have been running at a loss for nearly two years, eating into our very limited reserves.

"The crossings are entirely self-financed through the tolls charged. This means that the crossings would not have been sustainable without the additional income from an increase in tolls.

"We applied for the increase in March 2019 and in early August we gave evidence to a public inquiry into our application. The independent Inspector supported the application and the Government has now made the formal order to increase the tolls. The Inspector's report is available on our website www.tamarcrossings.org.uk.

"We have kept the increase as low as possible while still ensuring the quality and sustainability of the service into the future. Even with the increase the crossings are still amongst the cheapest self-financed tolled crossings in the UK."

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

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The tolls on the Tamar Bridge are going up to £2 in cash and £1 for tag holders from next week. Photo: Google Maps

 

Bosses say the 33% increase in tolls will address the shortfall in income and provide funding to carry out further essential works on both the bridge and the ferries over the next few years.
 
In the letter advising the decision, the Department for Transport confirmed that the Secretary of State accepted that the proposed increases are necessary and proportionate.
 
Operated together as a single business, the two crossings are jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and carry more than 18 million vehicles a year across the River Tamar.

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