Tunnel tolls rise goes ahead

Representatives, including Mayor Linda Arkley, to welcome the first users as both Tyne Tunnels are opened.

Representatives, including Mayor Linda Arkley, to welcome the first users as both Tyne Tunnels are opened.

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TOLLS will be increased at the Tyne Tunnel from January 1.

The rise was planned following the successful completion of the New Tyne Crossing project.

Car drivers will pay £1.40 per journey, a 20p rise, and heavy goods drivers £2, an increase of 50p per journey.

Permit holders will continue to receive a discount of ten per cent on each journey while for motorbikes and service buses the toll will be 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 two shillings and sixpence (12.5p) cars paid at the Tyne Tunnel when it opened in 1967, when adjusted for inflation.”