Charge for tunnel to go up by 10p

The Tyne Tunnel.
The Tyne Tunnel.
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Motorists are being reminded the charge for using the Tyne Tunnel goes up this weekend.

Tolls for using the tunnels will go up by 10p from midnight on Saturday, with the new charges applying to motorists using the tunnels from Sunday.

The North East Combined Authority (neca), which owns the Tyne Tunnels, has confirmed that the 10p increase will apply to both car and heavy goods drivers as part of the budget agreed in January.

The tolls will be £1.70 for cars and £3.30 for heavy goods vehicles, with permit holders continuing to get a 10 per cent discount on each journey. Motorbikes and services buses use the tunnels toll-free.

It is the first toll increase in more than two years.

A spokesperson for neca said: “The Tyne Tunnels remain an essential link for residents, visitors and businesses and the tolls generate income which covers the overall running and maintenance cost, along with the cost of developing the second tunnel.

“The running of the tunnels and the repayment of investment is paid for through toll monies and not through council tax.

“The second tunnel has benefited tens of thousands of daily commuters and to regional, national and international business communities.

“Road users have been informed about the forthcoming toll increases via electronic message signs on the approach to each tunnel.”