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Bridge concessions for cancer patients

The Humber Bridge Board has announced plans to trial concessionary tolls for cancer patients who live South of the Humber Estuary to access medical treatment at the oncology department at Castle Hill Hospital, in East Yorkshire.

The Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The six-month trial period, which will start on Wednesday 1st October 2014, will allow those who have no choice but to receive treatment on the north bank to be reimbursed for the Humber Bridge tolls. It will apply to those who require more than 12 separate appointments for a course of treatment.

The concessions will be made via pre-paid tickets, which will be given to patients and can be exchanged for future use of the Humber Bridge.

These will be held by the reception staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trusts, specifically for this trial at the oncology department in Castle Hill Hospital. They will be provided on the basis of two tickets per patient on each occasion that the patient attends for treatment.

For some time, the Board has considered introducing a concession for cancer patients, so it's great news that the trial has finally been agreed by all Directors and will commence shortly. It's something that is certainly needed and has finally been made possible by the New Humber Bridge Act which allows the Board to take this decision.

"The trial will enable us to test the management of this concession to see how feasible it is in the long-term. It will also be interesting to gather feedback from cancer patients who will benefit from this toll exemption about the positive impact it has. The scheme will be reviewed at the end of the six-month period, to see if any modifications are required."

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Humber Bridge Board chairman

This is a fantastic gesture from the Humber Bridge Board and something that we are sure our patients will welcome. Patients travel from south of the river for very complex and lengthy treatments in the Queen's Centre at castle Hill Hospital, so knowing the cost of their bridge tolls is covered will give them one less thing to worry about, and will serve as a great boost.

"We'd like to thank the Humber Bridge Board for their desire to make this happen. Some of our patients have been calling for exemption from bridge tolls for many years now, including the late Jenny Walton, who was a very strong and passionate campaigner. I'm sure many people will be delighted by this latest news."

– Dr Raj Roy, Clinical Director for the Specialist Services Division and Consultant Clinical Oncologist for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

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Jenny Walton from North Lincolnshire went into battle when she found out that her journey to daily treatment at Castle Hill Hospital was costing her a fortune.There have been many tributes to her after she sadly passed away on Friday including one from the bridge master. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Humber Bridge master praises Jenny Walton

Jenny Walton campaigned for patients to get free travel across the Humber Bridge Credit: PA

The Humber Bridge Master has praised the campaigning efforts of cancer sufferer Jenny Walton who died at the weekend.

Mrs Walton wanted patients travelling across the bridge to be able to do so for free.

“I had the honour of meeting Jenny on several occasions and we discussed her deep conviction that persons using the Humber Bridge for medical treatment should not be required to pay a toll.

Although we could never agree on that as a basic principle, I always admired the unremitting, but very reasonable way in which she presented her arguments.

“I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to her family who must be, I am sure, very proud of Jenny’s indomitable spirit. The Humber Bridge Board continues to review their concessionary arrangements on a regular basis, but have neither confirmed, or ruled out, any changes to these. “

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Campaigner's husband pays tribute to her

The husband of a cancer patient who spent 15 years campaigning for free travel across the Humber Bridge has been paying tribute to her.

69 year old Jenny Walton, from North Lincolnshire, died on Friday morning. She found out she had malignant cancer in 1999. When she realised how much it was costing her and other patients to cross the bridge for vital hospital treatment, she decided to take action.

Today, her husband Trevor, told Calendar how the campaign group came about.

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Tourism chiefs are hoping to turn the Humber Bridge into a major tourist attraction Credit: Press Association

As one of the region's most famous structures - it is hoped the single span suspension bridge could become a visitor experience similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

It comes on the day council leaders expressed hopes of bringing the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to the City.

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