Tyne Tunnels’ tolls to rise on January 1st

20th December 2011

Tolls at the Tyne Tunnels are to rise on January 1st as planned following the successful completion of the New Tyne Crossing project.

Car drivers will pay £1.40 per journey, an increase of 20p. Heavy goods drivers will pay £2.00, an increase of 50p per journey.

Permit holders will continue to receive a discount of 10 per cent on each journey through the tunnels.

Motorbikes and service buses are toll-free.

The increases, the first since work began on the second tunnel in 2008, have been approved by Transport Secretary Justine Greening.

Paul Fenwick, Project Director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “Since both tunnels became operational in November, journey times have reduced dramatically and the long queues are a thing of the past.

“The increase in tolls is essential to help finance the investment in the New Tyne Crossing, represents excellent value for money, and is still below the 2 shillings and sixpence (12.5p) cars paid at the Tyne Tunnel when it opened in 1967 when adjusted for inflation.”

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Issued on behalf of the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority by Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations

Media contact Richard Simpson (07821 537106) or Felicity Hall (0191 265 8803).

Note to editors:

See the table of planned toll increases below.
                        Cars        HGVs
Current level                    £1.20        £1.50
1 January 2012                £1.40        £2.00
1 January 2013                £1.60        £2.50
1 January 2014                £1.60        £3.20