PLANS have been drawn up for tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry to increase by 30% to help plug a financial black hole which the operators say was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee has “reluctantly” agreed to recommend a 30% hike in tolls which will now be subject to public consultation.
Under the change cash payments for crossings would increase from £2 to £2.60 while for those who use the prepaid tag system each crossing will increase from £1 to £1.30. Any increases are unlikely to come into force until January 2023 at the earliest.
Committee members - who come from Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council - have been having a number of meetings about how to tackle the drop in finances for the bridge and ferry. The meeting yesterday morning heard from operations manager David Light who explained that under current projections the reserves for the bridge and ferry would fall below zero unless something was done.
Mr Light said the numbers of people using the crossings had dropped considerably during the pandemic and had only recovered to around 90% of what they were pre-Covid.
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