Tolling Regime

Background

In September 2007 the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) set the toll strategy needed to fund the New Tyne Crossing project as follows:-

 01/01/2012* £1.40 cars  £2.00 HGV
 01/01/2013* £1.60 cars  £2.50 HGV
 01/01/2014* £1.60 cars  £3.20 HGV

* Implementation is dependent on New Tyne Crossing having been fully opened to traffic by 1 January 2012.  Any delay to the first post-opening toll increase is mirrored in subsequent toll increases.

Following consultation with the Department for Transport (DfT), TWITA considered it doubtful as to whether the legal powers for the New Tyne Crossing allowed this three-step arrangement.  TWITA could do one of two things in response:

Option 1: Remove one step and introduce the £3.20 toll at 01/01/2013 - which the DfT has confirmed complies with the legal powers.

Option 2: Obtain the necessary legal powers to allow TWITA to maintain the three-step toll increase timetable.

The effect of Option 1 would be to introduce the higher toll on HGVs earlier. 

For Option 2, TWITA would need to amend the existing legal powers in a new Order and submit it to the Secretary of State for Transport for approval.

TWITA then consulted with key stakeholders, particularly with HGV drivers and their representative bodies, for their views on the two options.

There was an overwhelming preference for Option 2.

Next steps

As a result of the consultation, TWITA has made an application to the Secretary of State for Transport to make a new Order to grant it the necessary powers to retain its original three-step timetable. Evidence in the form of a Consultation Report has been submitted as part of this application.

The associated documents that support the application can be viewed by clicking on the links below.