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Humber Bridge campaigner dies

A cancer patient who spent 15 years campaigning for free travel across the Humber Bridge for hospital appointments has died at the age of 69.

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.

Plans to turn Humber Bridge into tourist attraction

Plans have been announced to boost tourism at the Humber Bridge as part of Hull's City of Culture event in 2017.

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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Lane closure on Humber Bridge for vital repair work

Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

One of the southbound lanes on the Humber Bridge will be closed from today as part of on-going essential maintenance work to strengthen the landmark crossing.

The £3.9m project to replace four solid steel "A-frames", which connect the main span bridge deck to the towers at either end of the bridge, will require the closure of the nearside lane.

The changes to traffic flow are necessary to reduce the load on the structure whilst the work is carried out and to enable safe access to the working areas.

Countdown for £3.9m Humber Bridge repair works begins

General view of the Humber Bridge Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The countdown is on for the £3.9m repairs to the Humber Bridge. One lane over the bridge will be closed for the repair works, which include replacing four steel frames to strengthen the landmark crossing. The work is expected to start on October 28 and will last 40 weeks

"We appreciate that customers will be worried that this work could affect traffic flow in and around the Humber Bridge toll area but we want to stress that we are doing all we can to minimise any impact.

At peak times we will have three approach lanes and three toll booths open in each direction, as at present. We will only reduce this to two lanes or possibly one at the quietest times during nights and weekend when the work make this essential for safety."

Peter Hill, Bridgemaster

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