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Price of Tamar Bridge and ferry crossings rises following public inquiry

Prices have risen. Credit: ITV West Country

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.

The Tamar Bridge takes thousands of drivers between Devon and Cornwall every day. Credit: ITV News

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.

– Nick Palmer, planning inspector
50,000
Number of vehicles a day that cross the bridge
£2m
Cost of maintaining the bridge each year
£10m
Invested over the next few years for essential maintenance and repairs
The Torpoint ferries run between Devonport in Plymouth and Torpoint in Cornwall. Credit: ITV News

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.

50,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. Credit: ITV News

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.

– Tamar crossings joint committee

Tamar Bridge

Solo motorcycles Current Toll: No charge New toll: No charge

Motor cars and vehicles not covered by other classes Current toll: £1.50 New toll: £2.00

Two-axle vehicles having a maximum gross vehicle weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes Current toll: £3.70 New toll: £4.904

Three-axle vehicles Current toll: £6.00 New toll: £8.00

Vehicles with four or more axles Current toll: £8.20 New toll: £11.0

Torpoint Ferry

Solo motorcycles Current toll: 30p New toll: 40p

Motor cars and vehicles not covered by other classes Current toll: £1.50 New toll: £2.00

Two-axle vehicles having a maximum gross vehicle weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes Current toll: £3.70 New toll: £4.90