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 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.
Patients who cross the Humber Bridge for hospital treatment are nearing an exemption in tolls.
A bill going through Parliament would give control of the bridge to a new board who can change current rules.
Campaigners have lobbied for patients to be toll-exempt for years.
The Humber Bridge Bill was agreed at a second reading in the Commons.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has been speaking to us about it,
Local tax-payers will have a greater say over the running of the Humber Bridge, the Government has said as legislation moved a step closer to give a new board the power to set toll fees.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers spoke to Calendar after the Humber Bridge Bill received its second reading in the Commons,
Sam Burton, 22, who lives on the south bank of the Humber has been looking for a job for over a year. But thanks to the reduced Humber Bridge toll, he's now taken a job in Beverley. he's been talking to Calendar's Adam Fowler.
The Transport Secretary Justine Greening has visited the Humber Bridge to mark the halving of the toll motorists must pay to cross it. It's claimed the cut will provide a £250m boost to the local economy. It now costs one pound fifty for cars to make a one way trip over the bridge
The Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, visited the the Humber Bridge on the day £150m debt was officially written off for the famous landmark allowing tolls to be slashed from £3 a car to £1.50. It’s hoped the reduced toll will help the economic recovery of the surrounding area.
The new tolls for the Humber Bridge have been officially agreed and will come into force on 1st April. Last year the Government promised to write off £150million of debt so that tolls could be reduced. The councils involved have now agreed terms meaning cars can cross for £1.50 and HGVs for £12.