Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls to return on 1 June

Toll fees on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Toll fees are to return on the two main crossings between Devon and Cornwall from Monday 1 June.

Charges on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferries will return after nearly two months of being free.

They were scrapped in March to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect both commuters and staff.

But in a statement, the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee said the reduction in traffic and loss of income had had a major impact on finances.

During the past two weeks, the Government has gradually relaxed lockdown restrictions and started to rebuild the economy by re-opening some businesses and encouraging staff who cannot work from home to return to their workplaces.

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

The committee added a range of new measures will be introduced to ensure staff and customers are protected from coronavirus.

One of these measures was the installation of contactless card machines on the bridge tolls, but it was announced on Sunday 31 May that this has been delayed.

As a result drivers will still have to pay with cash.

Other measures in place include asking car occupants to keep their windows closed at all times, however this won't be possible until the contactless machines are ready.

On the ferries, meanwhile, payments will be made ashore at newly-built ‘tolling stations’.

Ferry payments will now be made being boarding.

Contactless payments will not be available on the ferries, so commuters have been asked to ensure their electronic tags are up to date and that they carry the correct cash.

Staff will also be wearing gloves and face coverings.

The Committee added: "The new procedures, developed following comprehensive risk assessments carried out by Tamar Crossings managers in all areas of the service, will support the implementation of social distancing guidance and increase cleaning and hygiene practices at both the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry."

At both crossings we encourage car occupants to keep their windows closed whilst in close proximity to our staff and other service users, particularly when on board the ferry.

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

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