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Tyne Tunnel toll for LGVs could increase to £3.20

  • 24 July 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The fee to use the Tyne Tunnels could rise by 28% to £3.20 per LGV in 2014, if the government department that manages the tolls approves proposals to change the charging regime.

The toll increase is expected to be approved in a meeting on Thursday (25 July), held by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), which manages the tolls.

It follows a 25% hike in charges which came into effect in January.

TWITA is also expected to change the way that vehicles are identified for payment purposes. The authority says that high-sided light vans are often identified as LGVs by the cameras, which classify vehicles by their height.

To make the tolling system fairer for van operators, vehicles with two axles that are less than three metres in height, and  trucks with a tractor unit under two metres high, and trailers less than three metres high, are proposed to be charged the current rate of £1.60 from 1 January 2014.

Charges for LGVs with two or more axles that are more than three metres in height are planned to rise to £3.20, up from the current £2.50 rate.

The 70p per LGV increase has come under fire from hauliers in the area, many of whom use the crossing every day.

Marjorie Moore, MD at Glendale Transport, said: “I think we already pay enough [to use the crossing]. Four or five of our vehicles use the tunnels every day because of where our site is.”

Webster Plant Haulage MD Phil Webster said that although it has opted into tunnel operator TT2’s prepaid tolling system, which saves it 10%, the current charge is “absolutely shocking”.

The planned increase for 1 January 2014 was set as part of the crossing’s pricing strategy in 2007, when TT2 was appointed to manage the crossing.

The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority was unavailable for comment.

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