Humber Bridge tolls will be kept at their historically low level for the fifth year running. A recent meeting of the Humber Bridge Board decided to keep tolls as they are for the next year.
In April 2012, the tolls were reduced for all vehicles, with car tolls dropping from £3 to £1.50 per crossing.
Since then traffic across the bridge has risen by an average of 29 per cent, with car and truck usage rising by 31.1 per cent and 33.6 per cent respectively.
Sean Chaytor, Chairman of the Humber Bridge Board, said:
Having low tolls has had a significant impact on both the region and on individual users.
More and more businesses now operate on both sides of the estuary and more workers than ever are commuting across the water to work. The north and south banks of the Humber have never been more connected – and we remain committed to ensuring this trend continues.
Not only has it never been more affordable to cross the bridge, traffic flow has never been better thanks to the introduction of the new HumberTAG system last year.
With affordable tolls and reduced journey times, the proposition of living on one side of the estuary and working on the other has never been stronger – meaning people looking for work now have a far greater choice and companies looking to recruit have a far greater pool of talent to draw from.
Since the new HumberTAG system went fully operational in November, tag users have been able to cross the bridge and pay their tolls automatically without having to stop. This has had a huge impact on traffic flow and has reduced journey times for all users.
Toll charges remain the Bridge Board’s sole source of income, with every penny spent on running costs, maintenance, and servicing the debt.