Cost of using Tamar Bridge set to rise

Cornwall Council is set to raise the cost of using the Tamar Bridge.

The proposals will see the cost  rise to £3 for cars and £1.50 for those using the pre-paid electronic Tag system.

The  fees are currently £2.60 for cars and £1.30 for Tag users.

Cornwall’s portfolio holder for transport Councillor Richard Williams-Pears said: “While we certainly don’t wish to put any additional financial burden on anybody, we are talking about a Tag increase of 20p.

“So if you were to cross the bridge 100 times over the course of a year that would be £20 additional which is a cost but we have to ensure that the books are balanced.

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry are operated and maintained jointly by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and are funded by toll income as approved by the Tamar Bridge Act.

Cornwall Council’s full council will discuss the toll increases at its next meeting while Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet will discuss the same report on 12 February, followed by its full council on 26 February.