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Possible toll increases for Tamar Bridge

Possible toll increases for Tamar Bridge Credit: ITV News West Country

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls could be hiked by "any amount" without getting the go-ahead from the Government, under plans being considered.

Tolls at the crossings were last increased in March 2010, with the Tamar Tag - which offers half-price crossings - being introduced in 2007. The current toll is £1.50 for cars, or 75p for Tamar Tag users.

Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council jointly run both the bridge and Torpoint Ferry that separate Devon and Cornwall and last month announced the discounted pre-paid electronic payment scheme to use both would increase by 80p a month.

Public consultation on Tamar Bridge price rises

Public consultation on Tamar Bridge price rises Credit: ITV News West Country

New plans could see drivers who buy a Tamar Tag to use the crossing from Cornwall to Devon could face an 80 pence a month increase.

The committee that runs the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry say it's facing a shortfall of up to a million pounds a year. It's now looking at increasing the charge for the electronic tag. A public consultation has started this weekend and will run until 7th November.

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Tamar Bridge to close for Olympic Torch bearer

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The torch was originally due to pass along the northern cantilever lane on the edge of the bridge. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Tamar Bridge will be closed to allow an Olympic torchbearer to run across it to end the flame's journey through Cornwall.

The organisers have agreed to plans to carry the flame across the centre of the bridge on 19th May.

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