Suspension Bridge toll goes up

The cost of crossing Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge by car or motorcycle is to rise from 50p to £1 per journey from today.

Tolls double to £1 a day

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust has raised prices to cross the bridge Credit: PA

The cost of crossing Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge by car or motorcycle has risen from 50p to £1 per journey

Bridge trustees say their costs have rise "significantly" and the increase will allow it to break-even.

The Trust says no no regular user will need to pay this level of charge.

Clerk to the Trustees Tim Baines says:-

“Whilst we don’t think a £1 toll is too expensive to preserve a piece of engineering history... we do accept our responsibilities to our most regular users. Card prices for our most regular users will go up by less than inflation... they will still be able to cross for 35 pence.”

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Clifton Suspension Bridge plans toll increase

Clifton Suspension Bridge tolls may rise Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Drivers using Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge could soon be paying double the toll to cross. The Department of Transport will be holding a public inquiry to raise the toll from 50 pence to a pound.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust say the extra funds will help pay for the maintenance of the bridge which will be 150 years old in 2014. The Trust says regular users will still get a discounted price with a pre-paid cash card.