The cost of crossing the Tamar from Cornwall into Devon has risen.
The Department for Transport confirmed last week that the car toll to use the bridge and ferry would rise by 33 per cent, from £1.50 to £2.00 per crossing.
The new price came into effect today (Tuesday 19th November).
For the 60 per cent of local drivers who have a Tamar Tag, the price has risen from 75p to £1.
It is the first price rise on the crossing since March 2010.
The committee which runs the crossings says the money will 'address a shortfall in income' and help with 'essential works' on both the bridge and the ferries over the next few years.
It has been demonstrated by expert evidence that the current and proposed maintenance works to the bridge are necessary to ensure its safety. It has also been demonstrated by expert evidence that the ferries are effectively maintained to provide a safe and reliable service and to maximise their longevity. This evidence together with the financial evidence justifies the proposed revision to tolls. Conversely if tolls were not increased, the crossings would not be sustainable.
Number of vehicles a day that cross the bridge
Cost of maintaining the bridge each year
Invested over the next few years for essential maintenance and repairs
The crossings are jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and carry more than 18 million vehicles a year across the river.
Toll prices have not risen since 2010 and the committee says it is facing 'increasing maintenance costs' and 'a range of improvement projects', meaning the crossings are running at a loss and eating into reserves.
We have kept the increase as low as possible while still ensuring the quality and sustainability of the service into the future. Even with the increase the crossings are still amongst the cheapest self-financed tolled crossings in the UK.
Solo motorcyclesCurrent Toll: No chargeNew toll: No charge
Motor cars and vehicles not covered by other classes Current toll: £1.50New toll: £2.00
Two-axle vehicles having a maximum gross vehicle weight exceeding 3.5 tonnesCurrent toll: £3.70New toll: £4.904
Three-axle vehiclesCurrent toll: £6.00New toll: £8.00
Vehicles with four or more axlesCurrent toll: £8.20New toll: £11.0
Solo motorcyclesCurrent toll: 30pNew toll: 40p
Motor cars and vehicles not covered by other classesCurrent toll: £1.50New toll: £2.00
Two-axle vehicles having a maximum gross vehicle weight exceeding 3.5 tonnesCurrent toll: £3.70New toll: £4.90