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Cars pay more to cross the Tamar from today

Cars pay more to cross the Tamar from today

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:28am 19th November 2019. (Updated at 7:36am 19th November 2019)

From today, travelling from Cornwall to Devon will cost more if you are travelling by car.

Pirate FM told you the Government had decided to make a formal Order authorising an increase in tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry. 

That means charges for cars paying cash will rise from £1.50 to £2.00 from Tuesday 19th November.

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

This is the first rise for nine years!

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It is now 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 car tolls to cross the Tamar have gone up to £2 in cash and £1 for tag holders. 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.

The tolls increase for both the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry came into force at midnight on 19th November.

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