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Call for funding for Tamar bridge and ferry

Call for funding for Tamar bridge and ferry

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:14pm 30th April 2020. (Updated at 5:15pm 30th April 2020)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter 


Cornwall Council has warned that there is a “real threat” to the future viability of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry unless the government provides financial support.

The authority said that it has teamed up with colleagues at Plymouth City Council to call on the government to provide funding. 

Toll collections have been suspended since the end of March but the council is aware of how vital the two services are for people.

Both the bridge and the ferry are operated jointly by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German said that they would both be calling for “vital financial support for the bridge and ferry”.

“Without government support there is a real threat to the viability of the whole operation. These services are vital to our residents, particularly people living and working in South East Cornwall. I have asked our MPs to use their contacts to make the case for funding from the Department for Transport.”

             Julian German, Cornwall Council leader

The bridge is used by around 40,000 vehicles a day and is one of the main routes into and out of Cornwall.

Both the bridge and the ferry are vital for emergency services to attend incidents in South East Cornwall and for ambulances to take people to hospital.

Cllr German also said that the council had been supporting other ferry services in Cornwall including the King Harry Ferry, Bodinnick Ferry and Polruan Ferry.

The council leader said: “Many residents rely on these services as do the emergency services.”

He said that the council was also continuing to suspend car parking charges in Cornwall Council operated car parks to help essential workers who need to use them.

“It is important that we provide as much as help as we can to our essential workers,” he said.

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